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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553502824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736662086
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,768,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
As usual Spenser preambles with the best of them, his wit and maturity shine through but when he is met with a town that needs cleaning up, but at the same time hides both a dark secret and a murderer, well can he sit still? NO!
The story just rides fast with enjoyment as the characters come to life, old and new. Hawk and Spenser run like a swiss clock added with characters from previous novels that Robert Parker describes so well you know its a winner. For all thriller and Spenser enthusiasts this book has a knock on effect. You can imagine yourself in that town with Spenser and Hawk walking up the street waiting for the bad guys to come out and stand up. You suspect everyone and trust no one.
Parker brings back old characters that have both helped and hindered him in the past like Vinnie Morris, Chollo and Bernard J. Fortunato just for starters. This story doesn't drag its feet like a few previous ones like mortal stakes but gathers speed with every page like a runaway truck.
Read this book and you will laugh with Spenser and Hawk as they witfully play havoc with their conversations and feel invigorated with the teeth wrenching face offs.
This is both an incredible thriller, detective and action novel in one. Thumbs up all the way, may Robert Parkers pen never run out of ink. One of his best for Spenser, a prince among thieves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is among the best of the Spenser novels, funny as hell and as tough-hewn as ever. Spenser gets into deep trouble out west and recruits his own magnificent seven of desperados. Hawk, Vinnie and assorted hardcases from past novels hook up with the PI to kick some outlaw ass. The Spenser novels may only be diverting entertainments, but when they are executed this well and with such wit and intelligence, they are raised to an art form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2001
Few books are as eagerly awaited as a new Spenser thriller, and here it is read by the inimitable Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna.
The West becomes even wilder when Boston based P.I. Spenser heads in that direction - to Potshot, Arizona, a defunct mining town reborn as a mecca for the rich, a playground for California's bored wealthy.
Problem is such overt wealth attracts thieves like flies to honey. Headed by a fiery type known only as The Preacher, a band of homegrown hoodlums soon threatens the residents' gold plated existence. The police are powerless.
It falls to Spenser to thwart the gang and build a police force capable of keeping crime at bay.
Whichever part he plays Joe Mantegna renders a stellar performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds on 5 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an adequate Spenser novel, but I do get the idea that the series is near its natural end. The roundup of characters from previous books gives me the idea. And a strong similarity between this and the previous Spenser book seems like a bit of lazy writing. My reaction when I realized where the plot was going was a resigned, "What, again?"
Spenser's hired to find the killer of a young woman's husband, but it's been established by her and the sherrif that the killer must be one of a gang headed by "The Preacher". After a bit of investigation, Spenser isn't so sure that the gang is responsible, but figuring the town would be far better without it agrees to being hired also to get rid of the gang. But he realizes that he alone or even with Hawk's help doesn't stand much of a chance against a gang of 40, so he enlists characters from the previous books.
All in all, this is fun, but I personally have the feeling that author Parker and character Spenser are both tiring of the series.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an old story that has had several previous incarnations. The original story was "Seven Samurai" by Akira Kurosawa and then there was the Hollywood original movie "The Magnificent Seven", followed by a collection of weaker sequels. In "The Magnificent Seven" a Mexican village is being terrorized by a gang of criminals so they hire a group of seven mercenaries to clean up the town.
The story starts when Mary Lou Buckman walks into Spenser's office and seeks help in tracking down the murderer of his husband. They were living in the small desert town of Potshot and it was taken over by a gang of criminals who reside in an area called the Dell. They had been little more than a nuisance until a man arrived that is called the Preacher. He organized them and they began extorting protection money from local business people. Mary Lou's husband had refused, so she believes that they killed him.
Spenser takes the job and travels to the town. Almost immediately, he realized that things are not what they appear to be. Spenser confronts the Preacher and asks him if he had had Buckman killed. The response is no and Spenser believes him. There is the inevitable confrontation between Spenser and a small part of the Dell gang and the local law intervenes before the shooting starts. Several prominent business people then offer to hire Spenser to clean out the Dell and free the town.
Spenser agrees and hires Hawk (black), Vinnie Morris, Chollo (Mexican), Bobby Horse (Indian), Tedy Sapp (gay) and Bernard J. Fortunato (short guy). Seven guys against 30 or 40 from the Dell. You know at this point that they are going to win in a final, climactic battle, so when it happens you are not surprised.
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