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Walking Shadow (A Spenser Mystery) (The Spenser Series Book 21) by [Parker, Robert B.]
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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: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CUE0AU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
By the time you get to "Walking Shadow," the twenty-first Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, you expect there to be a certain escalation in the dangers confronting our hero. The clearest sign of that this particular time around the block is that Spenser needs the backup of both Hawk and Vinnie Morris the defrocked mobster. Having faced down billionaire eccentrics, syndicate bosses and homicidal maniacs, Spenser is now facing what might be his greatest danger, a Chinese tong. As with the life in the projects portrayed in "Double Deuces," Parker has been reading up on Chinese-American culture, continuing to expand Spenser's horizons. Certainly the extent to which this novel is concerned with the problems of illegal Chinese immigration makes it far and away the most socially conscious Spenser story. At one point Hawk tells Spenser this is the silliest case they have ever worked together, but by the end that proves most decidedly not to be true.
Susan Silverman, a board member of the Port City Theater Company, asks our hero to discover the identity of the figure in black who has been stalking the Artistic Director. During a performance of an obtuse play that makes "Waiting for Godot" a paragon of clear reason, a figure in black shoots dead one of the actors on stage. The square peg to be pounded into the round hole this time around is how these two acts are connected. After all, Spenser does not believe in coincidence, especially when he starts nosing around and is quickly threatened by the head of the tong. Toss into the mix the local chief of police, a former state cop who appears to have sold his good name to obtain a small measure of power in this world.
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An interesting plot and amusing dialogue with a background of Chinese community in a port city in New England. Spenser has to find the killer of an actor on the stage in a surrealist play in the local theatre. A link to the Chinese gangs running illegal immigrants via the port leads to interested detection somewhat spoiled by the unlikely conclusion.
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As with the Ed McBain novels, I'm not reviewing any more of Mr Spenser's novels. Each one carries a good story, well written, and keeping the reader engaged to the end. The dialogue is very sharp and off-beat humorous, and the characters are well drawn. Nothing more to say!
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I have read nearly all the Spenser books and this one is well up to Robert B Parker's usual high standard. Finished the book in about four sessions. The interplay between Spenser and Hawk was typically sharp and all the regular elements of great dialogue and observation were beautifully observed as ever.
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This was the first book I read in the Spenser series (I randomly found it on holiday in Egypt last June) since getting back from my holiday I started from the first novel and I have just finished reading "Walking Shadow" again in book number order. Enjoyed it even more 2nd time round, now that I know the character backgrounds. A great read and I'm so glad I found the Spenser series!
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This Spenser novel is just enough of a puzzler to exercise your mind. Former stories in the series have looked at the mindset of the ghetto gangs along with the more organized crime sydicates. This one takes a hard look at the Chinese connection. Parker as always successfully stays clear of stereotyped characters. And as always, there's always a bit of sympathy...maybe empathy is a better word...for even the least likeable characters.
Also, there is always the look at ethics and morality. At the end of the book, you might well be asking yourself which character was the true villain or villainess of the piece.
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Wow how great this book was, I was reading every spare second I had free and was so sad to realise I had got to the end, I wanted to keep reading on and on.
A great writer. Long may he continue writing.
Thanks again for a very good read.
Kathleen.
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