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Early Autumn | [Robert B. Parker]

Early Autumn

A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.
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A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.

©1992 Robert B Parker; (P)2009 Random House

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    bebe South Carolina 04-19-10
    bebe South Carolina 04-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "a very good Spencer novel"

    If you like Spencer, you will like Early Autumn. This book has all the "Spencer" elements I like, Spencer is his usual sexy wise cracking self and Hawk is involved. Susan is not quite as suppotive of Spencer as she is in other novels, but she is there, and in love with Spencer. Eary Autumn gives good insight into Spencers values for making a young man a "man". It was fun to watch the growth of the young man he befriends. This was a very good prchase for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jhwayne@bigfoot.com Jacksonville, NC 04-01-10
    jhwayne@bigfoot.com Jacksonville, NC 04-01-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Probably the best Spenser book"

    Spenser is hired by Patty Giacomin to find and retrieve her son, Paul, who has been abducted by her ex-husband. Spenser soon realizes that 15-year-old Paul is being used as a weapon in a fierce and unrelenting battle between the Giacomins, neither of whom actually care much about him. Spenser decides to take care of the boy himself, and to attempt to teach him to become autonomous. This creates a certain amount of tension between Spenser and Susan, and a certain amount of danger for Spenser, who discovers that Mel Giacomin has mob connections.

    Most of book contains two story lines: Spenser's efforts to find a way to get Paul out of the battle between his parents, and his teaching of Paul to become an independent person at a very young age.

    In my opinion, the best part of the story is the work of Spenser to teach young Paul how to deal with the disasters of his family life and prevent them from consuming him.

    If you like Spenser, you should find this book very enjoyable; swiftly paced, well-written, and full of telling and enjoyable details.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "4 ½ stars. One of my favorites in the series,"

    partly because this has a neat relationship developing and changing.

    A teenage boy is neglected and mistreated by his parents. (They don’t deserve to have a kid.) I loved Spenser’s relationship with the boy and the changes that happened. I enjoyed the way Spenser got the parents to do something. And there is a neat ending.

    The narrator Michael Prichard was very good.

    This is book #7 in the Spenser series.

    Genre: PI mystery

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 04-16-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011

    In the process of beginning a new chapter of my life and strengthening connections with my daughter.

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    "One of the Best"

    Spencer is his typical wisecracking, head cracking self in this one. Unlike his usual cases in this one Spencer takes on a neglected child. The time and interaction between the two of them are what the kid needs most after a lifetime of being ignored by both parents. Thankfully the amount of time devoted to Susan Silverman in this book is limited. The over the top affection everyone feels for her for no apparent reason; particularly Spencer, gets tiring. Hawk appears in his similarly one dimensional role that seems to be perfect for the genre; he's the perfect weapon. the climatic showdown scene in which he does what Spencer can't; do what has to be done is prototypical Hawk. If you like Spencer this is one of the best choices

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katherine schwandt Upper Marlboro, MD USA 01-14-13
    katherine schwandt Upper Marlboro, MD USA 01-14-13
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    "Give Him a Chance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has a good message. Laid out well. Spenser's remarks are typical of Parker and very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    spenser


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    the boy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 11-16-12
    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Spenser as Surrogate Parent"
    Where does Early Autumn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite Robert Parker books and Robert Parker is one of my favorite audio book authors. This plot is different, because there isn't a murder mystery to be solved, but a complicated issue of seeing to it that a neglected, young boy is prepared to lead life as an adult---and, then, unraveling the sordid pasts of his parents so that he can live as he wishes with no interference from his miserable, self-absorbed mother and father. I loved this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Early Autumn?

    The moment when Spenser admonishes Susan and tells her not to be "ordinary: because she's jealous of the time he has spent away from her. I enjoyed the fact that her reaction to Spenser's absorbing attempt to care for Paul (who appears in later books) was selfish and self-absorbed. I enjoyed the fact that Paul understands that she resents him. And I enjoyed the fact that she does "come around" but only with limitations. Parker does not go for the stereotypical "feel good" solutions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene occurred when Spenser tells Paul that he was right about his plan for the boy's future and Paul asks, "What..do you want a Nobel Prize?" The "smart" response showed his increase in self-confidence and his adaptation of Spenser's repartee for his own personality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jog a mile, punch the bag, expand your mind...grow up!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    diana mcdonald Carneys Point, NJ, US 08-27-12
    diana mcdonald Carneys Point, NJ, US 08-27-12
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    "Disappointed"

    I am a avid Parker fan and especially the Spenser series.
    I found this one to be in poor quality as far as the reader is concerned and the audio.
    The story line did not keep my interest. It was almost a carbon copy of Looking for Rachael Wallace. Spenser is showing his "sensitive" side but a wee bit too sappy for me in this novel.
    I will continue reading the rest of the series as I know they have great promise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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