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on 15 June 2017
Great story another excellent Spencer adventure but missed Hawk as his charactor always adds another dimension to the excellent plots.
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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.
The new characters weren't terribly interesting so the verbal sparring didn't really add much to the book.
As usual, we get a nice dose of Spenser's sterling character. He keeps on the trail even after he's fired. He admires other women's shapes ... but stops at that.
If you like Spenser, read the book. But don't expect anything special.
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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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on 21 April 2014
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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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.
The new characters weren't terribly interesting so the verbal sparring didn't really add much to the book.
As usual, we get a nice dose of Spenser's sterling character. He keeps on the trail even after he's fired. He admires other women's shapes ... but stops at that.
If you like Spenser, read the book. But don't expect anything special.
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on 26 February 2014
always a good, easy read. Amusing,quirky and pacy books that never fail to entertain. good holiday read as uncomplicated and can put down and pick up
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on 19 April 2014
The writing of the Spenser series is a master class in popular writing Robert B Parker is superb,
The novels are exciting and habit forming,
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on 28 August 2016
Spenser wins the day not as fast as the other books not as much gun slinging but still a good read.
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on 10 March 2015
I never tire of reading Parker's Spenser books. I aim to collect all of them on my Kindle.
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on 8 July 2014
a very good book to read on a long trip like in a car or plain
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