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Bad Business (Spenser series Book 31)

Bad Business (Spenser series Book 31) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B Parker
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'If you want non-stop action, awesome characters and overall kick-ass entertainment, you need to read Parker' (Janet Evanovich )

'Will satisfy fans looking for the greatness we once took for granted' (Time Out 20030603)

Time Out, 03/06/2003

'will satisfy fans looking for the greatness we once took for granted'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (26 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X74Y2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Same old Spenser 4 Mar 2004
The latest Spenser is more of the same, except that the older he gets then the more comfortable he gets, and correspondingly less dangerous and less exciting. Even Hawk, and this is heresy I know, even Hawk comes over as ever-so-slightly loveable, friendly and tolerant.
The plot is ok, if a bit intricate, and at times it's difficult to remember exactly who all the characters are. Having worked out who they all are, it becomes increasingly difficult to care a great deal.
Having said this, we're still talking "Spenser", and it's still Robert B Parker. So the result is still far superior to most of the competition. Spenser fans like me will read and enjoy. New readers would be better advised to start with the earlier stories.
Finally, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, I get the feeling that we're not far away from the time when Spenser and Jesse Stone (of the "other" Parker series) get to meet in print. They are referred to by mutual acquaintances more and more in their books.
Now, that will be one to savour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spenser's back 3 July 2004
This book is not one of the author's best, but if you like Spenser novels, give it a go. I think the problem I had with it was that I found it difficult to care about any of the people who Spenser was trying to help. However, the interaction between Susan and Spenser was as good as ever and I liked Hawk's role in things. I gave this book 4 stars but I don't regret buying this book in hardback rather than waiting for the paperback which I think says a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Once again, Robert B. Parker has come up trumps with this story.
I haveread every Parker novel and I must say that this one is not one of hisbest. The plot is too complicated and, at times one does wonder about thevarious characters involved in the plot. Who is sleeping with whom andwhich one of the less likeable people in the story is the killer begin tomatter less and less as the story progresses.
Parker, however is a master of characterisation and dialogue. The maincharacters in each of the Spenser series surface again like old friends. Inever tire of Hawk, Susan, Quirk and Belson but most of all Spenser is atower of manly strength. When all others would have given up and gone homeSpenser is still there putting the World to rights. The dialogue in thisstory crackles, the wit and speed of it is dazzling and I found myselfchuckling just as I have over the last ten years or so reading the Spensernovels.
I can forgive Mr. Parker the imperfections in the storybecause, if it came down to a simple choice of reading matter I wouldchoose his books any day of the week. In fact I beat my own record andfinished this latest story in 48 otherwise busy hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Spenser Novel in Many Years 15 Jun 2004
Robert Parker's remarkable characters, stunning dialogue and his quixotic focus on seeking the impossible dream are present in all of the Spenser books. In recent years, the plots have been getting thinner and thinner, however . . . and even the repartee seems mostly for show rather than to build naturally on a great story. But in Bad Business, the original Parker genius reappears for a time. As in the best of the early books in the series, Bad Business has a fascinating and often surprising plot involving the twin sins of adultery and greed.
The opening of the book has some of the best plot development I have ever read, filled with clever misdirection that plays on our assumptions from having read too many boiler-plate mystery novels.
In fact, if the book had concluded after 125 pages, I would have described this as one of the very best Spenser novels.
Unfortunately, the book bogs down in solving the mystery. Although the slow pace was probably intended to maintain an intriguing suspense, the pace just seems to drag instead to an inevitable conclusion. I think the mistake was to base part of the plot a little too closely to a recent corporate collapse. That connection telegraphed part of the ending too soon.
I won't attempt to describe the situation of the book, for I will risk spoiling the book for you. Instead, let me advise you to read carefully and keep an open mind as you do.
As I finished this book, I realized that part of the appeal of popular novels is that they take us places where we would never go on our own. When done well, they pique and satisfy our curiosity in harmless ways. I look forward to taking future such excursions with Mr. Parker and Spenser in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ageless heroes 1 Nov 2009
Author and readers surely have grown older since Spenser's first appearance in print in the 1970s. But Spenser and his universe (Hawk, Susan Silverman, a few cool policemen and minor heroes from other adventures living in other states, briefly summarized in this volume) have not. This volume, dealing, of course with multiple killings and disappearances caused by corporate fraud, appears to be based loosely on the ENRON-affair and describes some of the weird accounting rules that have caused so much financial and economic mayhem years later. For his presight, congratulations to Parker. The intrigue also includes human frailty in the form of wife swapping and prostitution, organised somehow by people linked to the main issue.

Parker always makes writing look easy. The hero characters never change their habits or routines and continue to feel happy with themselves and each other. They are formats and they are recycled again and again, book after book. It is up to the bad guys and -girls to lend colour and passion to his books. "Bad Business" is a passionately East Coast, politically-correct account of crimes committed in such an enlightened, permissive environment. It is an entertaining reading experience and given the short chapters, it is "putdownable". It is not/never a page turner, because Parker's superior cast of heroes never shows weakness nor allows for doubt about the outcome.
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Published 5 days ago by artemisprowl
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. R. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just love the Spenser books..
Published 3 months ago by A.Ogden-Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent volume in the Spencer series
A very good thriller in the Spencer and Hawk series with an unusual plot and not too much of the Hawk, Spencer, Susan jargon dialogs so the conclusion is really interesting.
Published 4 months ago by Uncle John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Have been a fan of Robert B Parker and the Spenser novels for many years, am glad they are now on kindle. Well worth the read.
Published 17 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate Spenser
This was my first Spenser novel and it was excellent. The dialogue is crisp, the characters laconic, and there is no wasted motion. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2012 by Stephen Mcdaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless
As effortlessly witty and beguiling as we've come to expect from Parker's Spenser novels. All this plus a cleverly wrought mystery, but really it's all about the character... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2005 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving & amusing
This book takes a while to get going but once it's settled down, it's amusing, readable and fast-paced. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Spenser Novel in Many Years
Robert Parker's remarkable characters, stunning dialogue and his quixotic focus on seeking the impossible dream are present in all of the Spenser books. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2004 by Donald Mitchell
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