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A Savage Place (A Spenser Mystery)

A Savage Place (A Spenser Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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TV reporter Candy Sloan is in danger, after investigating labour racketeering in Hollywood's movie industry. Someone isn't happy about it. Spenser is hired to keep Candy safe until the story breaks, but when he discovers quite how far she is willing go to secure her headline, he begins to have second thoughts about the job. But soon her unorthodox approach isn't his only concern...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (13 Jun 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 (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,887 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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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"A Savage Place," the eighth Spenser novel from Robert B. Parker, is very reminiscent of "Looking for Rachel Wallace." This is not only because Rachel calls up our hero to inform him she is sending him a client, but Spenser is again being hired to be a body guard for a feminist character. However, if you thought things went wrong went Spenser tried to protect Rachel Wallace, wait until you read what happens with Candy Sloan, a television reporter in Hollywood investigating corruption and racketeering in the movie industry. This is also another Spenser novel where he is away from Boston, this time dealing with the tawdry glory of Tinsletown (the author must have been out for an extended visit at some point), so do not expect to see Susan and Hawk, or for Spenser to spend a lot of time cooking. As a matter of fact, our hero does not spend a lot of time doing much for most of this book, mainly giving advice to the woman he is supposed to be protecting.
Of course Candy is aggressive and ambitious, insisting that she has to break the case even if the smarter and safer thing to do would be to let the police do it. She is also very sexy, which leads to an interesting distinction from Spenser on various definitions of "cheating." The bad guys are your traditional stereotypical assortment of blustering idiots but Lieutenant Samuelson for LAPD is one of the better kindred spirits Spenser has run across outside of the environs of Boston and I enjoyed their discussions of the case much more than Spenser and Candy going head to head on feminist issues.
This is an average Spenser novel, although I do appreciate the fact that Parker always makes a concerted effort not to double-back on what he has done previously. As always, the Spenser novels are easy brain candy for those of us living the commuter lifestyle or who have a couple of hours to kill on a lazy afternoon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spencer in Hollywood 14 Mar 2014
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Spenser is called to LA to protect Candy Sloan, an investigative reporter who has got too close to the bad guys. Cue dead bodies and general mayhem. I found this book to be very easy reading with Spenser in relatively relaxed mode until the last few chapters. At the same time Mr Parker is grappling with equal opportunities in real time. What does it say about women if Candy expects equal opportunities but is then prepared to use sex to further her agenda? Thirty odd years later we are still asking the same question and doing the same thing. The cultural references passed me by but the theory is still relevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert B Parker 16 Dec 2013
By Alan
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Easy reading, good characters. I do look forward to getting books by this author. I have found in what orer they wre written & buy accordingly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 12 Dec 2013
By tcmum
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A bit American but thrills to the end.
I recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers.
Will try his others !
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5.0 out of 5 stars suprise ending!!! 17 Nov 2013
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Spencer this time in L.A.bodygaurd to a attractive lady journalist determined to expose some corruption in the film industry.The usual ups and downs with his tough approach, and excitement, with a suprise ending!!!
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