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A Savage Place (Spenser) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 1992

4.2 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
Book 8 of 41 in the Spenser Series

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"The best new private eye in fiction since  Raymond Chandler." -- Dan  Wakefield

"As tough as they come and spiked with a  touch of real class." -- Kirkus  Reviews

"Tough,  wisecracking, unafraid, lonely, unexpectedly literate--an  many respects the very examplar of the species."  -- The New York Times  

"Spenser gives the tribe of hard-boiled  wonders a new vitality and complexity."  -- Chicago Sun-Times

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"The best new private eye in fiction since Raymond Chandler." -- Dan Wakefield

"As tough as they come and spiked with a touch of real class." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Tough, wisecracking, unafraid, lonely, unexpectedly literate--an many respects the very examplar of the species." -- The New York Times

"Spenser gives the tribe of hard-boiled wonders a new vitality and complexity." -- Chicago Sun-Times

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Product Details

  • Series: Spenser (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440180953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440180951
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on June 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To this point, Spenser's adventures have been (relatively) light-hearted - some kidnappings, shake-downs, things of that nature. However, when he travels to Tinseltown to work as a bodyguard for Candy Sloan, an up-and-coming young investigative reporter on the trail of corruption in a movie studio who has been threatened, things turn very serious, very fast. The very first night he is in town, after Candy drops him off at his hotel - assuring him she will be fine on her own this first night - she gets grabbed off the street and beat up. Not too much later, a man she has been seeing is murdered. I don't want to get into more than this, as I do not want to ruin the story for those who have not read it - but this is not a story with a shiny-happy feel to it - this is detective noir at its grittiest. Beautifully envisioned, wonderfully written - filled with Spenser wise-cracks - but dark and gritty nonetheless.

I loved it. This is life. Thank you, Robert Parker, for giving us this day our Spenser.
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A SAVAGE PLACE is the eighth Spenser novel, and it's a very solid entry.

In this book, Spenser is hired to act as a bodyguard for Candy Sloan, a Los Angeles television newscaster who is on the verge of breaking a story involving the mob. Needless to say, Sloan's life is in constant danger, and Spenser has his hands full in trying to protect her while she aggressively pursues the story that could make her career.

A SAVAGE PLACE is rather unique for a Spenser book. The novel takes place in LA instead of Boston, which means that Spenser is completely on his own. Hawk and Susan Silverman do not make appearances, and Spenser has no connections with the local police force. This makes for fresher, more exciting story overall, since Spenser acts much more like a lone wolf.

I also found the ending of A SAVAGE PLACE to be surprising and terrifically dark. The final "showdown" in the book is absolutely gripping, and it's one of my favorite moments in any Spenser book.

The only slight downside of this book is the character of Candy Sloan. She is not a particularly admirable character, and speaks more like a psychologist than a reporter in many scenes. As another reviewer pointed out, she's kind of a watered-down version of Rachel Wallace, a character from a previous Spenser novel. Unfortunately, I didn't find her particularly likable or believable for the most part.

Overall, though, this is a solid entry in the series and I highly recommend it.
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Are you tired of the typical formula novel or tv series? Parker isn't afraid to give Spenser, and his readers, a kick in the gut with this plot twist. As Spenser visits L.A. (a savage place) and experiences its cold indifference, he finds his own savage side. Spenser is such a poised but quick P.I. We see his (rarely shown) visceral reaction to brutality. Candy Sloan, his reporter/client, is a woman making her path (any way that she can) in a man's world.
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Spenser travels to Hollywood, California--the "savage place" in this adventure. Spenser is not yet committed for a lifetime to his girlfriend Susan Silverman, whom he has recently developed a relationship with. In Hollywood, the tireless detective takes up with another woman in a breath-taking adventure through the back-lots and underbelly of Tinsel Town. The climax kept me on the edge of my seat to see how Spenser would pull it off. One of the few times the tough PI was unsuccessful in protecting his client. But the story is a good one. I enjoyed reading it for this second time as much as I did the first time years ago.
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Years ago I would have given this a four or maybe more but this Spencer is as dated as the Ford Fairmont he rented and the MGB driven by the reporter. Spencer pales beside today's Reacher who owns the good big guy genre.
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If you haven't read Robert Parker's "Spenser" series you are in for quite a treat. Engaging, witty writer, great characters, believable and very interesting stories. Have enjoyed them all. You might get a list of all his books and read them in order as much as possible so you can follow the character's life. His Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series are excellent too!! Really like Sunny Randall but he didn't write as many in her series as the others.
Was sad Robert Parker died a few years ago, but have been impressed with Ace Atkins' follow up.
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By A Customer on December 11, 1999
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This could have been a good story. Instead, it was a conglomeration of events and choices that made no sense and was horribly mired by Spenser's plummet from hero status. The image of Spenser dancing, slow and tight, with his client was disturbing enough. (This story comes after his commitment to Susan Silverman. A _slow_ dance with another woman on the balcony of her hotel room should be against Spenser's honorable "system" for living.) But it doesn't end there. He strips her and himself, carries her to bed, and spends the night. The next morning he explains that, since he doesn't have a relationship with this woman, having sex with her was alright and wouldn't bother Susan _much_. Bothering Susan _at all_ by sleeping with another woman should be against his system. He later reveals his stunning logic that sleeping with this woman a second time _would_ be cheating on Susan. Spenser's shining armor is bashed to bits in this story.
Also, the client (her name is "Candy" for heaven's sake) is an investigative reporter for a television station who is trying to prove that she is more than a pretty face and a swaying backside: she is good at her job. How does she go about proving this? By sleeping with men for information! She enhances this image of intelligence by zombe-like chanting of "I want it all, I want it all." As a result, instead of going to the police with information regarding very dangerous people, she meets dire consequences. Quite an intelligent lady.
Spenser dreams of Susan on his flight home to Boston. How wonderful of him.
This is the eighth entry in the Spenser series and is very disappointing. The 10th, 11th and 12th stories (_The Widening Gyre_, _Valediction_, and _A Catskill Eagle_) help restore some of Spenser's honor.
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