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God Save the Child (Spenser) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1987
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About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
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This is a well written and neatly plotted novel by the one and only Robert B. Parker. Spenser is at his finest from dealing with the likes of the Bartletts and their friends to tailing possible criminals. For me, the ending was probably the greatest highlight and one of the best endings I've come across in the genre. The characters are drawn perfectly with their mighty egos or lack there of and to be introduced to the character of Susan Silverman, the love of Spenser's life, adds charm to the book which is about dreadful a subject as pedophilia, prostitution and drugs. As far as mystery/crime novels go, I strongly recommend this one to anyone whose a fan of Raymond Chandler, Dennis Lehane or even Michael Connelly. I like how confident Spenser is or at least tries to be and I like his wits and his wisecracks. Habitual Spenser fans can expect nothing but classic Spense from this one.
This book, I found to be a bit depressing about a dysfunctional family whose son, they thought, had been kidnapped. Turned out it wasn't so. He wasn't kidnapped at all. I don't know if I will continue reading the series from the beginning or not. I prefer his later style of limited narrative and short clipped dialogue.
The novel is also significant for long term Spenser fans, as we meet, along with Spenser himself, the delightful and lovely Susan Silverman, who not only does her best to assist Spenser with the case, but as the publishers quote on the back of the book, she might just help to save a detective, as well.
We all should be so lucky!
In summary, then, GOD SAVE THE CHILD is yet another classic by our favourite crime novelist. We have a happy ending, the bad guys get what's coming to them and Spenser's soul is a little bit closer to finding it's mate.