Took me a while to figure out if Spenser was a private detective or a Boston food critic in this one as it seemed as if every thing I was reading was detective or a Boston food critic in this one as it seemed as if every thing I was reading was what food and drinks were offered at a local restaurant or hotel lounge I thought Bubba was going to start naming all the different ways one "Could Prepare Shrimp At One Point If One Can Get " prepare shrimp at one point If one can get that and all of Susan s distractions it s not a totally bad book just not what I m sed to with a Spenser book Nothing can be said then what I have said previously of the other three novels I ve read Great characters and decent plot Oh one thing Hawk is pretty bad ass Spenser gets hired to track down a business man s missing wife His search for the wife leads him to a group of militant feminists and he A Mighty Big Wish uickly discovers the husband is in debt to a local loan shark King Powers Can Spenser get the couple back together without being gunned down by the KingThis is the fourth Spenser book I ve read and my favorite so far Spenser s inner nature is explored his relationship with Susan Silverman progresses he passesp some easy tail for once and he runs into Hawk the bad ass black man against which all others should be measured I ll admit I m barely old enough to remember Spenser for Hire but I sure remember Avery Brooks as HawkThe two different plots were well done and I was pleased at how Spenser made them intersect Spenser s character continues to develop beyond the Philip Marlowe detective stereotypeAny gripes Not really I don t really nderstand the appeal of Susan Silverman though Hawk is cleary Spenser s true soulmateFour easy stars I m eager to get a hold of the next one Not Parker s best He stumbles through the feminism topic which reuires a good deal of discussion This mires the sual detective plot that the Spenser books are known for Promised Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help locate his. And isn t going to "make feminists happy and it ll probably bore most fans of detective fiction I m "feminists happy and it ll probably bore most fans of detective fiction I m glad I read it because Hawk makes his first appearance and I really wanted to know his origin story I wasn t disappointed The One Where Spenser is Schooled on the Dangers of the Souless Suburban Life by Susan Also The One Where We Meet Hawk Who Is a Total Legit BadassIt helps to keep these series books separate you know Many of the early themes of the Spenser mysteries appear here the emotional dangers of the suburbs ethical nobility women s general sexiness and the foolishness of various anti ethical nobility women s general sexiness and the foolishness of various anti movements Spenser is hired by Harv Shepard a wheel and deal land developer contractor to find his wife who has disappeared without a note and leaving their two children behind Spenser is all alone in the suburbs of the Cape and he is hoping that Susan will come p and join him for a relatively simple case Only it turns out not so simple when they run into Hawk leaving Harv s home Spenser gets some legit information from the local cops and is able to track down Pam and her vigilante buddies Pam s feeling super suffocated in the burbs and Susan gets angry at Spencer s seemingly casual dismissal of her midlife identity crisis In comparison "to prior books the writing feels tighter For instance while we do have a fair amount of scenic description " prior books the writing feels tighter For instance while we do have a fair amount of scenic description the road to Hyannis it s kept down to three sentences one briefly sarcastic The soothing excitements of scrub pine and wide sea gave way to McDonald s and Holiday Inn and prefab fence companies shopping malls and Sheraton Motor Inns and a host of less likely places where you could sleep and eat and drink in surroundings indistinguishable from the ones you d left at home Except there d be a fishnet on the wall If Bartholomew Gosnold had approached the Runaway wife So begins Promised Land the fourth novel by Robert Parker that follows the exploits of his cerebral but tough character detective Spenser Why Harv Shepard's wife abandoned her family and exactl. Ape from this direction he d have kept on GOINGSTRANGELY IT S A STORY THAT IS RESONANT IN it s a story that is resonant in context than in any particular value as a mystery It is very much a relationship book where Spenser and Susan explore their own growing relationship and struggle with the comparisons to the nfortunate Harv and Pam and their love based but dysfunctional relationship Pam s perspective on her self actualization and Harv s perspective on their history "contain poignant but frustrated feelings It s also the start of " poignant but frustrated feelings It s also the start of Spenser and Hawk friendship *Hawk Is Introduced Here As *is introduced here as free lance enforcer who has a shared boxing history with Spencer but an exchange of solid favors lay the foundation of their future working relationshipOf course numerous time period oink moments remain with Spencer deliberately not ogling various female characters But is seems pretty benevolently oinkish as opposed to creepy Recommended for series fans but definitely not for the mystery There s also an extended bit about women and frigidness No thank you very much Dr Not FreudNo I did not read all the words Because visualizing their dumb outfits hurt my eye brain and I can t read about 1970s conception of sexuality without hurting my thinking brain Our first look at Hawk illustrates the clothes With him was a tall black man with a bald head and high cheekbones He had on a powder blue leisure suit and a pink silk shirt with a big collar The shirt was The Greek Tycoons Mistress unbuttoned to the waist and the chest and stomach that showed were as hard andnadorned as ebony He took a pair of wraparound sunglasses from the breast pocket of the jacket and as he put them on he stared at me over their rims ntil very slowly the lenses covered his eyes and he stared at me through them Ok maybe I read all the words there Two and a half silk stars rounding down for oinkines. Y where she has gone comprise only half the intrigue in this story though Spenser soon discovers that Harv is a man in deep trouble involved with a crooked loan shark and tangled in an ailing business ventur.
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Robert B. Parker