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- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 4 Mar. 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ7O3K
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The plot is ok, if a bit intricate, and at times it's difficult to remember exactly who all the characters are. Having worked out who they all are, it becomes increasingly difficult to care a great deal.
Having said this, we're still talking "Spenser", and it's still Robert B Parker. So the result is still far superior to most of the competition. Spenser fans like me will read and enjoy. New readers would be better advised to start with the earlier stories.
Finally, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, I get the feeling that we're not far away from the time when Spenser and Jesse Stone (of the "other" Parker series) get to meet in print. They are referred to by mutual acquaintances more and more in their books.
Now, that will be one to savour.
When Trent Crowley is murdered on the Kinergy premises, things change. Furthermore, Spenser finds a veritable daisy chain of wife swapping and private detectives following husbands and wives. As usual, Spenser makes enemies, one of which is Gavin, the chief of security at Kinergy. When Gavin is killed, there seems to be no reason for the murders. However, Spenser eventually determines the identity of the murderers, amid the additional discovery that Kinergy is a house of cards. The higher executives have been gradually selling off their stock in anticipation that it will quickly become nearly worthless. The ending is not a great dramatic one, as there is no shootout, just Spenser punching a man.
This story is taken directly from the events surrounding the collapse of Enron, with the exception of the internal mate-swapping and the murders, you could replace Kinergy with Enron and most of the story would be factual. I don't consider it one of Parker's best Spenser novels, but once again the quality of the dialog makes it very entertaining. Hawk and Vinnie Morris appear, but are not heavily involved, which is a disappointment. In my opinion, the conversations between Spenser and Hawk are the best dialog in the Spenser series.
I haveread every Parker novel and I must say that this one is not one of hisbest. The plot is too complicated and, at times one does wonder about thevarious characters involved in the plot. Who is sleeping with whom andwhich one of the less likeable people in the story is the killer begin tomatter less and less as the story progresses.
Parker, however is a master of characterisation and dialogue. The maincharacters in each of the Spenser series surface again like old friends. Inever tire of Hawk, Susan, Quirk and Belson but most of all Spenser is atower of manly strength. When all others would have given up and gone homeSpenser is still there putting the World to rights. The dialogue in thisstory crackles, the wit and speed of it is dazzling and I found myselfchuckling just as I have over the last ten years or so reading the Spensernovels.
I can forgive Mr. Parker the imperfections in the storybecause, if it came down to a simple choice of reading matter I wouldchoose his books any day of the week. In fact I beat my own record andfinished this latest story in 48 otherwise busy hours.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this read like I enjoy most of Parkers books, a good story, right paced read, and a touch of humour.Published 14 months ago by Tony Mathers
I never tire of reading Parker's Spenser books. I aim to collect all of them on my Kindle.Published 16 months ago by C. Webster
A very good thriller in the Spencer and Hawk series with an unusual plot and not too much of the Hawk, Spencer, Susan jargon dialogs so the conclusion is really interesting.Published 23 months ago by Onclejon