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School Days (Spenser Mysteries) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (27 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153235
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,111,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spenser fans...will be thrilled to have their wise-cracking Boston private-eye back again. ("New York Post")

"Crackling prose and juicy repartee."--Entertainment Weekly

"The best Spenser novel since Early Autumn."--The Associated Press

"Plenty of entertainment...The two-fisted P.I. is in good form and his creator in fine fettle here."--Los Angeles Times

"Spenser fans...will be thrilled to have their wise-cracking Boston private eye back again...navigating the perilous shoals of suburban discontent and ripped-from-the-headlines horror stories--with only his fanciful German pointer, Pearl, to keep him company."--New York Post

"Spenser returns! He fights, he flirts, he cooks, he wisecracks, he quotes poetry. This thirty-third outing for the Boston private eye is one of the most psychologically astute and well-choreographed entries in the entire series. This is a high point in one of the genre's classic series."--Booklist

"A pleasure...another solid installment in this fine, enduring series."--Publishers Weekly

"Vintage Parker...Everyone interested in mystery and contemporary writing in general should read at least one of the Spenser novels."--Library Journal

"Parker is at the top of his game...School Days [is] one of the best and most timely books Mr. Parker has ever written."--Midwest Book Review

"A crackling yarn."--Boston Magazine



Crackling prose and juicy repartee. Entertainment Weekly

The best Spenser novel since Early Autumn. The Associated Press

Plenty of entertainment The two-fisted P.I. is in good form and his creator in fine fettle here. Los Angeles Times

Spenser fans will be thrilled to have their wise-cracking Boston private eye back again navigating the perilous shoals of suburban discontent and ripped-from-the-headlines horror stories with only his fanciful German pointer, Pearl, to keep him company. New York Post

Spenser returns! He fights, he flirts, he cooks, he wisecracks, he quotes poetry. This thirty-third outing for the Boston private eye is one of the most psychologically astute and well-choreographed entries in the entire series. This is a high point in one of the genre s classic series. Booklist

A pleasure another solid installment in this fine, enduring series. Publishers Weekly

Vintage Parker Everyone interested in mystery and contemporary writing in general should read at least one of the Spenser novels. Library Journal

Parker is at the top of his game School Days [is] one of the best and most timely books Mr. Parker has ever written. Midwest Book Review

A crackling yarn. Boston Magazine

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
In School Days, there's not much mystery about who pulled off the ski-mask-garbed, murderous rampage at the up-and-coming Dowling School, a private day school in the oh-so-white suburbs. One perp was caught inside the building. He fingered another perp, who soon confessed. Both had been students at the school. So why is Spenser involved?
Lily Ellsworth is concerned about her grandson, Jared Clark, who is the student who confessed. Jared's parents seem to have hired an idiot to defend him, and no one seems to give the boy a chance. Since Lily is wealthy (at least she can afford a chauffeured Bentley), she can look into matters. She asks Spenser to prove Jared is innocent. Spenser agrees to do the best he can.
Spenser's investigation doesn't go very far. Most people just want to sweep the incident under the rug. Jared wants to pretend he's a tough guy.
To Spenser, the clues don't add up . . . why did the two do it?
In pursuing that trail, Spenser crosses some tough and not-so-tough characters, luscious women who want this body while Susan Silverman is out of town and annoying suburban types. The "why" remains hidden until near the end, helping to sustain a modest amount of suspense in what is a pretty pedestrian tale.
The book shines brightest in Spenser's wise cracking repartee, which is mostly lost of his companions.
The story comes across as more one dimensional than most as Spenser pursues the case without Hawk or Susan . . . but with more than a little coaching from the lusting top criminal attorney, Rita Fiore.
The humor works best when Spenser is trailing Pearl along with him while he conducts the investigation. But it's smile ... rather than ha, ha ... humor.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
In School Days, there's not much mystery about who pulled off the ski-mask-garbed, murderous rampage at the up-and-coming Dowling School, a private day school in the oh-so-white suburbs. One perp was caught inside the building. He fingered another perp, who soon confessed. Both had been students at the school. So why is Spenser involved?
Lily Ellsworth is concerned about her grandson, Jared Clark, who is the student who confessed. Jared's parents seem to have hired an idiot to defend him, and no one seems to give the boy a chance. Since Lily is wealthy (at least she can afford a chauffeured Bentley), she can look into matters. She asks Spenser to prove Jared is innocent. Spenser agrees to do the best he can.
Spenser's investigation doesn't go very far. Most people just want to sweep the incident under the rug. Jared wants to pretend he's a tough guy.
To Spenser, the clues don't add up . . . why did the two do it?
In pursuing that trail, Spenser crosses some tough and not-so-tough characters, luscious women who want this body while Susan Silverman is out of town and annoying suburban types. The "why" remains hidden until near the end, helping to sustain a modest amount of suspense in what is a pretty pedestrian tale.
The book shines brightest in Spenser's wise cracking repartee, which is mostly lost of his companions.
The story comes across as more one dimensional than most as Spenser pursues the case without Hawk or Susan . . . but with more than a little coaching from the lusting top criminal attorney, Rita Fiore.
The humor works best when Spenser is trailing Pearl along with him while he conducts the investigation. But it's smile ... rather than ha, ha ... humor.
Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
A somewhat routine entry in the long-running Spenser series, but even a minor Parker novel is a joy to behold. Deft plotting, vivid characterisation and sterling witty repartee - few can match Parker. True there isn't much mystery to the mystery here, but Parker is so at ease with Spenser that his character carries us through.

Funny and entertaining - Parker and Spenser are a match made in heaven.
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Format: Kindle Edition
SCHOOL DAYS by Robert This story starts off as slow and cold as a wet winter's day in Boston but ends up being arguably the finest Spenser novel Mr Parker ever wrote, and surely one of the all time great detective stories. The ending to the case is simply brilliant and completely satisfying as well as sufficiently complex to allow the reader to forgive Mr Parker for the slow start. A detective story this brilliant with such a strong social conscience needs to be recognised so it is a shame this book did not receive any official recognition from the industry at the time of its release.

Anyway, Spenser is hired to clear a school student of a mass murder charge but no body is talking and everybody (including the local police) wants the case - and Spenser - to go away. Our man Spenser soon finds out how easy it is to come up against brick walls and before he knows it he has made more enemies than friends on this case. This story is Susan- less and the entertainment factor drops a little without her sexiness to heat up the pages on a cold winter's night.

But Spenser being Spenser, we know that he is up to the job of sticking up for the wronged and just like Superman, he is sure to fight for truth, justice and the American way. Spenser has a feeling of wrongness about the case; early on in the story, he just doesn't know exactly WHAT is wrong. The more he digs, the less he knows but stubbornness prevails and he finally makes a breakthrough which rips the heart out if the bad guys.

The sharp, biting and amusing dialogue is there as per Mr Parker's usual high standard and so once again this is another fantastic mystery and great purchase from the world's greatest book store!

BFN Greggorio
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