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Chance (A Spenser Mystery) (The Spenser Series Book 23) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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Book Description

When Boston mobster Julius Ventura asks Spenser and his sidekick, Hawk, to find his missing son-in-law, it's clear he's not telling the whole truth. But something about the case appeals to Spenser and he agrees to take it, only to find himself at the centre of a gangland turf war.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1011 KB
    • Print Length: 340 pages
    • Publisher: Quercus (14 Nov. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CUE0AX6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,308 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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    As "Chance" begins our hero is "in the bucks," which means that when mobster Julius Ventura shows up to hire Spenser to find his missing son-in-law, our hero has nothing better to do. Of course Ventura and his daughter Shirley are not telling the entire truth about Anthony Meeker. Then things get interesting. Marty Anaheim, the right-hand man of Gino Fish, Ventura's main opponent, has Spenser tailed. Vinnie Morris is working with Fish, who has no idea what Marty is up to. But when it turns out that Phony Tony's big dream is to break the bank at Las Vegas, our hero heads off with Susan Silverman and Hawk.
    This novel has volcanoes erupting outside of hotel windows, and Susan wearing boots. Ultimately, "Chances" is one of the most convoluted cases Spenser has ever worked, which is what is to be expected when you have mobsters in love and a power struggle in Beantown. Consequently, there are cameo appearances by several notable supporting characters from recent novels. Anyhow, every revelation regarding Meeker and his tangled web only complicates matters further and, of course the point comes in the case where Spenser's interests diverge from that of the man who hires him, and for most of the novel Spenser and Hawk are trying to figure out what is going on, what they want to do about it, and, most importantly, who they are doing it for.
    All of these issues will be resolved, but pretty much at the last minutes. "Chance" has all of the essential elements of a Spenser mystery and is an enjoyable read, an above-average novel in the series. Oh, and by the way--despite the nice image of the wounded dice, the game of choice in this novel is blackjack, although watching Susan play is quite painful.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars See Vegas and Die 29 July 2009
    By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    I re-read this in forty-eight hors while waiting for a new book order to arrive, and I was just as confused as before about who was double-crossing whom, hence the reluctant deduction of a star.. Never mind, I devoured it with the same voracious pleasure as I have derived from every Spenser novel.

    No need to re-rehearse the plot (even if I could), but as I have eulogised elsewhere about Parker's gift with dialogue let me lift a few lines from Chance to show the immaculate timing with a punch line. Spenser and Susan are in Las Vegas, looking for a runaway husband without success.

    'But Susan did locate something called the fashion mall, down past Treasure Island.

    '"Maybe they have a Victoria's Secret in there. You could buy one of those seductive floral nighties."

    '"You know I don't wear nighties," Susan said. "We've known each other for a long time now. It's okay, I think, for you to see me naked."

    '"Oh good," I said.

    '"But not right here," Susan said.

    '"Give with one hand, take with the other," I said.'

    And - following that example - can I groan about the (supposed) picture of Spenser on the back cover? It comes I think from the ill-starred television series. Now I know the physical appearance of fictional characters can only be in the eye of the reader but this cannot be Spenser. Nor can the animal he has on a leash be Pearl the Wonder Dog - a dog who is frightened by gunshots!
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    By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    As "Chance" begins our hero is "in the bucks," which means that when mobster Julius Ventura shows up to hire Spenser to find his missing son-in-law, our hero has nothing better to do. Of course Ventura and his daughter Shirley are not telling the entire truth about Anthony Meeker. Then things get interesting. Marty Anaheim, the right-hand man of Gino Fish, Ventura's main opponent, has Spenser tailed. Vinnie Morris is working with Fish, who has no idea what Marty is up to. But when it turns out that Phony Tony's big dream is to break the bank at Las Vegas, our hero heads off with Susan Silverman and Hawk.
    This novel has volcanoes erupting outside of hotel windows, and Susan wearing boots. Ultimately, "Chances" is one of the most convoluted cases Spenser has ever worked, which is what is to be expected when you have mobsters in love and a power struggle in Beantown. Consequently, there are cameo appearances by several notable supporting characters from recent novels. Anyhow, every revelation regarding Meeker and his tangled web only complicates matters further and, of course the point comes in the case where Spenser's interests diverge from that of the man who hires him, and for most of the novel Spenser and Hawk are trying to figure out what is going on, what they want to do about it, and, most importantly, who they are doing it for.
    All of these issues will be resolved, but pretty much at the last minutes. "Chance" has all of the essential elements of a Spenser mystery and is an enjoyable read, an above-average novel in the series. Oh, and by the way--despite the nice image of the wounded dice, the game of choice in this novel is blackjack, although watching Susan play is quite painful.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The Worm Turns 26 May 2004
    By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    In Chance, you will meet the least trustworthy group of double-dealers you can ever imagine. They won't tell Spenser what's really going on and switch allegiances at the drop of a hat. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the plot switches off into an unexpected direction.
    Anthony Meeker, the biggest rat of them all, will keep you fascinated by raising the age-old question of what some women see in the men they marry.
    Compared to most Spenser stories, this one has twice the plot. It's also filled with the usual entertaining by-play among Spenser, Hawk and Susan.
    If you're like me, you won't be able to put this entertaining story down after starting it.
    Take a Chance! You'll find it irresistible!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tale in the Spencer series
    Although long and complex this part of the Spenser series using a mix of old and new characters is one of the best without too much of the lover's chitchat with Susan that... Read more
    Published 28 minutes ago by Uncle John
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrilling story. Can't wait for the next one ...
    Another thrilling story. Can't wait for the next one!
    Published 8 months ago by P Barnes-Harman PJ Barnes-Harman
    5.0 out of 5 stars 'Chance'. A great read
    An exciting read. The swearing prevents me lending it to my aunt who is 84! but I appreciate that this is how people speak these days so it's not a problem for me. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by sweetpea
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chance
    Have not read book yet byt if it is up to Robert Parker's usual standard it will be very good
    Published 13 months ago by renderbreadfern
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read - entertaining
    the Spencer series has it all - strong funny never looses PI with even stronger enigmatic side kick and kooky girlfriend - other players run to form - unusual and entertaining! Read more
    Published 14 months ago by g - blackpool
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Thoroughly enjoyable. Amazon should pay a fair rate of UK taxes. We are not Americans and our culture regarding local taxes is different. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Hard to find a character to care about here
    The strength of many Spenser novels lies in Parker's skill of getting you involved with at least one of the characters. Read more
    Published on 12 Feb. 2003 by Neal Reynolds
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