|Author:||Parker, Robert B.|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2008|
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Robert Brown Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1932. He received a B.A. from Colby College in 1954, served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and then returned to receive a M. A. in English literature from Boston University in 1957. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University in 1971. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he taught at Lowell State College, Bridgewater State College and Northwestern University.
In 1971, Parker published The Godwuff Manuscript, as homage to Raymond Chandler. The character he created, Spencer, became his own detective and was featured in more than 30 novels. His Spencer character has been featured in six TV movies and the television series Spencer: For Hire that starred Robert Urich and ran from 1985 to 1988. He is also the author of the Jesse Stone series, which has been made into a series of television movies for CBS, and the Sunny Randall series.
His novel Appaloosa (2005) was made into a 2008 movie directed by and starring Ed Harris. He has received numerous awards for his work including an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1977 for The Promised Land, Grand Master Edgar Award for his collective oeuvre in 2002, and the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He died of a heart attack on January 18, 2010 at the age of 77.
Verdict: Parker's long-running Spenser series now includes 36 novels, but the wisecracking and preternaturally durable Boston PI shows no signs of stopping. Recommended for all adult popular fiction collections.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/08.] - Background: Hired by a glamorous client to protect an ostentatious society wedding, Spenser finds himself neck-deep in treachery when an old nemesis, the professional assassin known as the "Gray Man", makes an appearance. Chaos erupts, and Spenser starts digging for the truth, not to mention the kidnapped bride. Parker's trademark blend of tough action, rapid-fire dialog, and sarcastic wit keeps the story moving.
The unpleasant truths that Spenser uncovers, the parallels between Spenser and his quarry, and his reaction to those parallels add a thought-provoking chapter to the series' ongoing contemplation of the ethics of formidable men who deal in life and death, whose actions are limited only by the codes of honor they set for themselves and the needs of those they respect and protect.--Bradley Scott, Brighton Dist. Lib, MI
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Spenser is acting as bodyguard for the rich and recently separated Heidi, who's traveled to her own private island for her daughter's wedding, when bad-guy Rugar appears--quickly followed by a storm, a kidnapping, and a murder.
“Robert B. Parker is that rarity–a prolific author whose books are consistently original, suspenseful and fascinating. His crackling dialogue is always fresh and smart-alecky. You’re happily hooked before you know it.”- Forbes
Heidi Bradshaw is wealthy, beautiful, and well connected–and she needs Spenser’s help. In a most unlikely request, Heidi, a notorious gold digger recently separated from her latest husband, recruits the Boston P.I. to accompany her to her private island, Tashtego, for her daughter’s wedding. Spenser is unsure of what his role as personal bodyguard will entail, but he consents when it’s decided that he can bring his beloved Susan Silverman along.
It should be a straightforward job for Spenser: show up for appearances, have some drinks, and spend some quality time with Susan. Yet when his old nemesis Rugar–the Gray Man–arrives on Tashtego, Spenser realizes that something is amiss. With a hurricane-level storm brewing outside, the Gray Man jumps into action, firing fatal shots into the crowd of wedding guests and kidnapping the bride–but Spenser knows that the sloppy guns-for-hire abduction is not Rugar’s style. Unable to prevent the attack, Spenser will stop at nothing to recover the kidnapped bride and figure out how the Gray Man is connected. It’s up to Spenser to decide who the real enemy is... before more people end up dead.