Is Marty throwing fast balls or throwing games? It doesn't take long for Spenser to link Marty's performance with Linda's past...or to find himself trapped between a crazed racketeer and an enforcer toting an M-16.
America's favorite pastime has suddenly become a very dangerous sport, and one wrong move means strike three, with Spenser out for good!
©1987 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Random House
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
I ENJOYED READING THE SPENSER SERIES WHEN I WAS A MUCH YOUNGER MAN, AND AM NOW REVISITING THE ENTIRE SERIES THROUGH AUDIBLE.COM, AND AM ENJOYING SPENSER ALL OVER AGAIN. MORTAL STAKES IS ROBERT PARKER WRITING AT HIS BEST. THE PLOT MOVES WITH ACTION, AND THE DIALOGUE IS LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY, ESPECIALLY IN THOSE SCENES BETWEEN SPENSER AND THE VILLIANS. THIS IS BY NO MEANS A WHO DUNNIT. BUT THEN, WHO DID IT WAS NEVER THE SPENSER SERIEA FORTE. RATHER THE EXPLORATION OF WHY PEOPLE COMMIT MURDER AND MAYHEM, AND THOSE EMOTIONS THAT DRIVE THEM, AND THE TOLL IT TAKES ON THOSE LEFT LIVING, AND HOW SPENSER DEALS WITH ALL THOSE THINGS. IT SOUNDS LIKE HEEDY STUFF, BUT PARKERS WRITING IS CONCISE AND BEAUTIFUL, AND HE SERVES EVERYTHING UP LIKE A TOP CHEF SERVES A DELISCOUS DINNER, MEANING ITS ALL EASY TO SWALLOW, AND YOU FEEL WELL SATIATED AFTERWARDS. MICHAEL PRICHARD AGAIN DOES A STELLAR JOB BRINGING PARKERS NARRATIVE TO LIFE.
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