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Cold Service (The Spenser Series Book 32) Kindle Edition
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First, the rehabilitation part is greatly truncated this time around because the wounds are clearly more to Hawk's pride than his body. Second, because we are talking about Hawk we are much more on the outside than when Spenser was in the same situation. Hawk has already been shot and is talking to Spenser in the hospital when this one starts, and while we miss the action at the start Parker provides symmetry by letting us miss the action at the end as well, which tends to suggest that the action is not the point here. Third, there are significant moral dilemmas this time around. Ironically, none of them exist for Hawk but rather for Spenser, who has reservations about the killing that will be involved, and for Cecila, Hawk's current paramour, who is no where near as accepting of the way her man settles accounts as is the lovely Susan.Read more ›
And indeed, the book obviously does include our two heroes clash with the gang members, and it's pretty bloody fight. But the main part of the story is some rather aimless planning and plotting. Three key incidents are conversations with Hawk's girlfriend Cecile. Effectively these three conversations are the same, a discussion on why Hawk doesn't love Cecile. This eventually culminates (p159)with the observation :
" "I'm sorry" she finally said.
"Loving Hawk is not easy work" I said.
"It seems easy for you."
The book in general does seem more of an examination of the two modern day warriors' relationship more than an action tale.
As usual in Spenser's adventures, he has massive amounts of aid from both sides of the law, eventually though Hawk does take on his foes alone. This however is done in such a ubermale macho fashion that it does threaten to become a parody.
I wouldn't characterise this as an epic journey like the Jacket blurb. However, it does convey the friendship and attachment that Spenser feels for Hawk in an understated way and is insightful into how some men protect their self-image and identity. If you are a newbie, prepare for unusual levels of analysis and exposition into this identity phenomenon. But also prepare for smart dialogue; sharp action and lovable, well formed characters that you will want more of.
FOR LONG-TIME SPENSER FRIENDS: This is not a bad read. It is a warm and comfortable 'Spenser' novel. I've read them all so far - more than once and I don't feel a moment was wasted. It's just that... I feel he's taking it for granted that his readers know all the backstory. He also trots out some conventional stuff that was fresh twenty years ago, but hearing conversations about Spenser and Hawk's self-reliance and 'inner toughness' for the umpteenth time feels a little worn, even mechanical maybe.
I haven't read the other stuff Parker's been writing recently (Sunny Randall or Jesse Stone) so I don't know if he's spreading his creativity across them, but it feels as though he hasn't spent as much time on this as previous novels.
Ah... maybe I'm expecting too much. Still got the sparkling dialogue and the pace & depth of the action setpieces never disappoints. In his body of Spenser work I give this a THREE - against anyone else's, it's still a FOUR.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typical Spenser format, but always keeps me engaged and wanting more. Excellent.Published 2 months ago by Karen Roach
This made such a big impression on me that I don't recall buying it!Published 2 months ago by Mr. E. Bray
Once again a great story, cleverly plotted with the usual wisecracks and believable characters. Highly recommendable !Published 8 months ago by a bell
Parker's Spenser novels never disappoint. I can and do read them again and again.Published 9 months ago by C. Webster