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Paper Doll (A Spenser Mystery)

Paper Doll (A Spenser Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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Hired by an aristocrat who refuses to believe that his wife's brutal street-slaying was random violence, private detective Spenser suddenly finds himself in a world where nothing is what it seems, least of all the life - and death - of the victim…

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (26 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,671 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is another Spenser story with the flavor of a who-dun-it and a very tragic undertone as you learn the stories of the murdered woman, her husband and children, her mother, her father and his servant, and a new continuing character introduced in this story, a gay police detective named Farrell.
Part of Parker's skill is shown in the way previous characters reappear. There's a brief reference to Vinnie, Joe Broz' long time hit man who left the mobster in a previous story. Susan plays a lesser role this time, as does Hawk. In Hawk's case, this is only fair since he carried the last book in the series.
All in all, this is a very good Spenser, but be prepared for the underlying tragedy of several lives here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punishment is not what Spenser does... 24 July 2004
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Spenser is hired by Loudon Tripp, a Boston aristocrat who believes the brutal slaying of his wife Olivia Nelson is something more than the random act of a psychopath. Spenser accepts the case with a rather interesting caveat, telling Tripp he will find the killer, "But punishment is not what I do." I picked up on this line right away and knew it somehow foreshadowed the unique twist that Robert B. Parker invariably provides in his Spenser novels. As our hero begins to investigate the life of Olivia Nelson, everything is simply too good to be true. No one has anything bad to say about her, but her house looks more like a photo spread than a home, the children are obviously glossing over their troubled lives, and the husband seems to be clinging to more than his fair share of illusions. On top of all this throw in a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts with a reputation for chasing the ladies (he is bald, so obviously he is meant to be the OTHER Senator from Massachusetts, right?) who's idea of helping Spenser is to have him beaten up by the cops.
Since Spenser's favorite writer is Faulkner, there are several fun scenes when our hero in the Deep South (think "In the Heat of the Night"), dealing with the colorful local populace. Spenser heads South to talk to Olivia's father and has an interesting talk with the old man's servant by the name of Jefferson (which seems appropriately symbolic once the mystery is totally unraveled). We are also introduced to another possible continuing member of the supporting cast, Detective Lee Farrell, who is young and gay and rather surprised that Spenser does not care about either of those things as long as the guy can help him solve the case. The solid portrait of Farrell somewhat balances out the buffoonery of the Senator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper doll 11 May 2014
By Katie M
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Having read Parker for over 20 years, I just fall more in love with his style, characters and story telling. He is a brilliant story teller and even 're-reading his books thrill me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best Spenser stories 3 Dec 2013
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Usual dialogue and interplay between Spenser and his supporters there is nothing special about this book but it is a good read
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