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Early Autumn (Spenser) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 1992
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Spenser tries his hard to help out a kid whose become a pawn in his parents' games while dodging bullets and fighting gangsters. A must read, especially for young adults.
level of enjoyment. Always wished Parker had put together a Spencer cook book before he left. Some of those recipes looked really tasty !
Spenser's life lessons are real, and relevant. Hawk, Susan and Henry Cimoli all make appearances. I think some of Susan's behavior in this one is a bit out of character for her, but she comes around. With all the "boy becomes man" stuff, there is still a fair amount of action and detecting, and Spenser's rapier wit. Lots of the "Spenserian code of life".
As is usual for Parker, no wasted words. Many authors would need 600 pages to tell this story that Parker tells in less than 250. Highly recommended.
If you are not familiar with Spenser, and want to start, this would be a good place. Catskill Eagle is great, but far enough into the series, that it gives away too much of the earlier novels.
Giving up on good ole' Spenser.....need more of a mental challenge!
By the time I was about halfway through it, the plot had gripped me, but there was a bit too much gratuitous violence, and it seemed to me that the author himself was not quite sure in which direction the story was progressing.
Nor was the characterisation of the usual high standard, especially perhaps where Hawk and Susan were concerned.
This story does explain how Spenser becomes responsible for a fifteen-year-old boy and the beginning of their relationship. Perhaps the light it shines on Spenser's character; his empathy in spite of his belief in the benefits of tough love is what makes this book well worth reading even though it has none of the clever repartee of some of his other books.
This book would probably appeal to those who take an interest in social development. On the other hand, although Spenser is a good role model in some ways, he and especially Hawk are a little too prone to see a bullet as solving a problem.
I think anyone who enjoys Parker's books would find this worth reading and even thought-provoking in parts.
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