The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked "D" -- for dead.
Crack another case with Spenser.
©1992 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Random House
>"Spenser is Boston's answer to James Bond - irreverent, witty, worldy. His first-person recital of his detective work makes for fast, amusing reading." (The Pittsburgh Press)
Change the narrator.
Never have before.
No. To bland.
Hope the next would be better.
This was hard to get into. Didn't like the narrator and the whole story was slow and from the 60's I think. Enjoyed the Spenser movies and TV show but this was a hard listen. I hope the next one is better.
I'm a Spenser and I thought it would be good to go back to the beginning and see how all this started. I enjoyed the first time perspective of this novel and it was fun to see Spenser stretch his legs. However, I'm not too much of a fan of the "Grandfather reads a book" style of narration. I much prefer the story telling actor narration of, say, Scott Brick or Simon Vance. I think I will avoid the rest of the Michael Prichard Spensers and put them on my Kindle instead.
I have and will again. This is the first Spenser, and all that comes after has this as the foundation.
NO! NO! NO! The television show was awful, and I can not imagine that a movie would be better.
This is the first in the Spenser series. It is interesting how his character has changed over the years.
I am now starting with this 1st book and will continue on in sequence. I wish I had read this one first instead of skipping around.
Love Spenser Series. Sorry to hear Mr. Parker has passed.
Spencer as a young, relatively innocent, PI. Stumbling and Bumbling (as he does for the next 36 books) through things to find the real reason something took place ... he is the idealist that we would all like to be.
Spencer. See above. He's young, fresh, inquisitive, and wants to do the right thing ... by his standards.
Hated the reader until I really listened. He is fabulous! He reads such that you don't hear his voice, but hear the text and storyline. He is matter of fact ... just the way Spencer is ... Great Reader! Read the book ... hear the voices in my head. Mr. Prichard ... hear the voices in the book.
Sure, you laugh at Spencer bumbling about. You cry at the victim (he can't save) losing their life. You wait for the next emotional reaction.
Robert B. Parker wrote 37 books. It is my goal to collect ALL of them!
This book was such a pleasant surprise. I picked it up based on some good things I'd heard about Parker and because this book was on sale. Had it not been on sale, I probably would never have read it, and would be much the worse for it.
This short book is slightly dated in some of its language regarding women, but there seems no ill-will behind it, and it conveys an anachronistic charm. Aside from this, the novel is fresh and timeless.
Parker has a unique, descriptive style which I found very pleasing. The writing is full of subtle humor.
Although I didn't think his effort was exceptional, I warmed up to the narrator after a while. His uninflected style is well-suited to the material.
I do not consider myself a fan of detective or crime fiction as a rule, but I really enjoyed this. If you ARE a fan of those genres, this is a can't miss.
The narration reminds me of some of the robotic, monotone xtranormal stuff. And Spencer was not the Spencer I have enjoyed reading about in other novels: an independent, intelligent, untouchable man of action.
Monotone and robotic. I hope he improves -- if not, he should quit or get fired.
None. Just make Spencer the Spencer I know and love: the independent man who can't be touched, who is principled and strong. Spencer in The GM sleeps around with women he does not even know, and does them because they are there. What a pathetic moron. At least, if he is to sleep around, have him sleep with woman who are hard to get and who are good, independent, strong people!! Don't make Spencer a desparate loser!!!
Would have prefered a different reader, that distracted from the story I do enjoy the Robert B Parker books and like Spencer
I love the story and the characters but there might as well have been an automated computer voice doing the narration. All life and vibrancy was stripped from the story. I had to quit and go read the paperback.
"A no-nonsense read."
Fast paced, no nonsense, tightly written and witty. More gritty than the series Spenser for Hire which was based on this character and which I can remember watching when I was young. The TV series, with Robert Urich, was as much for the gals as for the guys but I would say this book would appeal more to the male reader.
I enjoyed it though and if you do, there are so many more in the series to chose from...
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