- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847249590
- ISBN-13: 978-1847249593
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2 x 20.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rough Weather (A Spenser Mystery) Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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If your taste is for tough, wise-cracking private eyes in the Raymond Chandler/Philip Marlowe vein, you should make the acquaintance of Spenser. Robert B Parker's durable detective has been at the centre of a long-running and accomplished series, with Rough Weather a strong new entry in the canon.
A rich woman client has handed Spenser a particularly strange job: he is to be present at her daughter's wedding as kind of surrogate husband. Spenser has said yes, aware that his long-term lover, the highly intelligent Susan Silverman, will be on the scene. Trouble, needless to say, ensues and an old foe of Spensers, Rugar, The Gray Man, is involved.
Parker's tenacious private dick is still a favourite of the authors admirers, despite his introduction of another series character (Jesse Stone, Chief of Police of Paradise, Massachusetts). But the sardonic Spenser remains Parkers signature character, even when some of the entries in the long-running series are less than top-notch. Rough Weather, however, is the author on form: the dialogue and the evocation of locale here is as strong as in the best Parker. Its no mean achievement to keep a form that many felt had been played out (the private eye novel) in such rude health and Robert B Parker is to be applauded for his continuing success. --Barry Forshaw -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
'We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story' New York Times Book Review. (New York Times)See all Product Description
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The good news is that Rough Weather has lots of humorous dialogue involving Spenser, Hawk, and Susan. Otherwise, the story would make you sea sick from its choppy plotting that combines a ridiculous crime scheme with ludicrous investigation methods. The bad news is that the dialogue opens little new ground for information or humor. As a result, many readers will have a hard time being sure this really is a new novel . . . rather than being a mélange of past novels stirred up to look like a tasty parfait, but containing ingredients that are not so delicious when combined.
What's it all about? In her late forties, Heidi Bradshaw has had three marriages to wealthy men and enjoys the lifestyle of a queen. Prior to an undefined special event on her private island, Tashtego, off the southern coast of Massachusetts, Heidi decides she needs a man around to make her feel better ("I want you to be the man I can turn to if I need something."). Spenser is the choice, and he agrees after Heidi agrees that Susan can attend.
Moving past the armed guards on the island for what turns out to be the wedding of Heidi's daughter, Spenser can't figure out what his role is . . . until he spots Rugar, the Grey Man who has been both an enemy and an ally, among the guests and wonders what's up. Rugar observes, "I hope we are not here in conflicting missions." Susan later comments, "It's as if Rugar has no soul.Read more ›
I enjoyed it because it's easy to read, the dialogue is snappy - actually, it's too snappy. Nobody is quick witted enough to talk as Parker's characters do on a regular basis and frankly, if they did, they'd be exhausted. However, it makes for light reading. The story is rather basic and the denouement is not unexpected but there are no wasted words. There's action when needed and as the story unfolds, we meet more characters each with a quick wit and ready repartee. There's a high body count with a low moral ground for accumulating that total. It seems many of these people have been in the series several times but it doesn't lessen the enjoyment of this type of book. I'll look out for another Spenser book, not an earlier one for sure but they lighten up one's reading which is what books are all about on occasions.
Maybe not a vintage Spenser (Valediction, etc) but I read this in two hours and am looking forward to reading it again as I type. Softback sure thing.
Spenser is hired by Heidi Bradshaw to "support" her at her daughter's wedding on a private island off Massachusetts. Shortly after he and Susan arrive, Rugar, the Gray Man, Spenser's nemesis from "Small Vices" appears. The wedding is that evening and is heralded by a tremendous storm and the violent kidnap of the bride, killing of the groom and several security guards by the Gray Man. Spenser questions the whole event as none of it seemed to make sense or be Rugar's normal style.
Parker never disappoints and I actually think this is one of the best he's written in a long time. What he does, he does extremely well--sense of place and dialogue. With sense of place, during a storm, you feel the wind, rain and mud; but also the sunny, crisp days. His dialogue is always sharp, crisp and wry.
I was particularly pleased with the plotting of this book. When the case looks rather absurd, it's because it deliberately is. How good is that? Was the whole thing improbable? Absolutely. Was it enormously run to read? You bet!
I do like his characters and feel he presents them well. All of them have tangible personalities. We have certainly come to know the recurring ones and even Susan annoyed me less than usual here.
Parker is now and, I imagine, always will be on my "must buy" list.
And there is a resurrection of the Grey Man - he of no discernible line of business who admits on one page to fluctuating income but never 'great wealth' but is still able a few pages later to claim 'considerable access to covert activities.'
The plot is tosh. OK - but it needs, at least for an hour or two, to be half-believable tosh. This isn't.
Maybe Spenser has passed his sell-by date. Not an epitaph one ever expected to write.
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It's fine. The usual Spencer stuff. Plenty of Hawk, plenty of Susan, plenty of humour. It's not Shakespeare bit it's a pleasant enough readPublished 2 months ago by eve avery
I am only adding this review, to air my antipathy to those writers who are NOT Robert B Parker and put out their miserable little effusions on the back of his work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S Richardson
After a ten year hiatus this was my return to Spenser' s world, and it's like I've never been away. Still the coolest private eye in the world, and this has sufficiently abetted my... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul Machin
Well I love the Spenser novels.simple as that. So as usual I totally enjoyed it and whizzed through it. Excellent.Published on 18 Jun. 2014 by Gazxa
Item well made. Exactly as described. Well packed. Reasonable price. Rapid delivery. Excellent seller. Excellent buyer too, come to that!Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by MP
I download certain authors onto my kindle when I know the story is a quick read and Robert Parker's range of Spenser fits the bill well.Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Joyce
If you like a really easy read- familiar characters and Maltese falcon like dialogue then grab the settee a glass of wine and enjoyPublished on 20 Dec. 2012 by Chimster