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Ceremony (Spenser Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert B. Parker
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31 Dec 1995 Spenser Novels
The trail of a missing girl leads private eye Spenser into an underworld of vice and violence peopled by pornographers and pimps - the cigarette butts of mankind. And Spenser tackles each hurdle with the laconic, sharp-eyed coolness.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reprint edition (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440109930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440109938
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The evolution of Spenser continues 23 Jan 2014
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
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Ceremony is ninth in the Spenser series. Dedicated students will be interested to see notable changes since we began with The Godulf Manuscript. Susan Silverman is established by now but she is still not in independent practice. There are clues to Hawk's origins.

The plot is a variation on a familiar Parker theme - a teenaged girl is missing, Spenser is hire to find her and bring her back to unloving patents. Violence erupts frequently. The dialogue is smart and often amusing. These are ingredients that might occur in any conventional private eye tale. But there is also a chapter devoted to a serious debate about the morality of prostitution. Parker often allows his novels to interact with social issues that may make the reader pause to think. One additional mystery here is why this one is called Ceremony (or perhaps this reader missed a clue somewhere).

It is a quality that marks him out from many of his contemporaries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 14 Mar 2014
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Spenser is looking for a teenage runaway turned prostitute at Susan's urging. All the usual elements are here - Susan, Hawk, wisecracking, violence and a theme, in this case the morality of prostitution. This is an easy, fun read and difficult to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story 20 Oct 2013
By JimmyG
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This is the first Spenser story I have read, but it won't be the last. The dialogue is set firmly in the 1970s and at times is a little starskey and hutch but that's no bad thing.
If your after involved plots and multiple plot lines this isn't for you. If your after a simple and fun read then this is. Look great literature it ain't, a great read it is.
Now which one shall I choose next?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spenser as Usual 19 Sep 2013
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Usual Spenser novel,fast moving,some violence some, ( to my mind fill in ) with sweet talk to Susan Silverman. and Spenser's usual dilemma with what to do with the young girl. Hawk makes an appearance, which always adds to the excitement. Good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ceremony Robert B Parker 28 Aug 2013
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I enjoyed reading the book. I am quite a fan of the Spenser Novels. However, this particular one seemed to lack something that the other novels have had.
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