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Hey, it's Spenser

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-08

As a long time fan of the Spenser series, (I read my first Spenser novel, in 88 or so), I always look forward to the newest adventures of the glib Boston PI.

Rough Weather gives Spenser fans what they want. Spenser, Hawk, Susan are of course part of the story. Cameos are had by series regulars like Quirk, Belson, Rita, and Henry Cimoli.

Parker should be praised for resisting formula, which after so long with a character is a real danger. That said, the newly introduced seemed two dimensional. Everything there is to know about what makes Heidi Bradshaw tick is revealed very early on. (I would hazard a guess that in 3 months I won't be able to tell you anything about any character in the book who hadn't appeared in a previous novel.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan, and any chance to catch up with one of my favorite literary characters is welcome. This is a perfectly satisfactory Spenser novel.

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Steven King is back!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-08

As a long time Steven King fan, I have found many of his recent offerings failed to live up to the standard set by his earlier works.

With Duma Key, king has returned to form. His characters are well written and three dimensional, and the people are equally important to the story as the supernatural concepts. When King manages that, he is at his best.

Also as in King's best work the story flows without effort. King can occasionally be accused of literary diarrhea, a sometimes believer that an author should never use 3 words when 10 will suffice. Not so here, where every scene, every description, every word helps build the connection to our intrepid hero or moves the plot along.

I listened to this audio book in the car on a long trip. When I reached my destination, I didn't want to stop and save the second half for the trip back. I can't think of a better complement for the author.

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