Bad Business : Spenser

  • by Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by Joe Mantegna
  • Series: Spenser
  • 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband Trent is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption. It seems the folks in the Cowleys' circle have become enamored of radio talk show host Darrin O'Mara, whose views on courtly love are clouding some already fuzzy minds with the notion of cross-connubial relationships. O'Mara's brand of sex therapy is unconventional at best, unlawful (and deadly) at worst. Then a murder at Kinergy, where Trent Cowley is CFO, sends Spenser in yet another direction. Apparently, the unfettered pursuit of profit has a price.
With razor sharp characterizations and finely honed prose, this is Parker at the height of his powers.


What the Critics Say

"Parker, declared a Grand Master in 2002 by the Mystery Writers of America, delivers another combination of wry satire and sly action in his thirty-first mystery starring Spenser, the Boston private eye." (Booklist)
"Mantegna expertly delivers Spenser's sarcastic humor and grounded confidence." (Los Angeles Times)
"Robert B. Parker's writing has never been sharper, matching an engaging plot with Spenser's famous razor-sharp one liners. Joe Mantegna...does a great job giving vocal identity to each of the odd assortment of good guys, bad guys, and ladies of questionable character, using pace and emotion to effectively separate one from another." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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bad business

i'm having a difficult time in finishing this book. the reader's constant use of "He Said" and "I Said" detracts from enjoying the story. i find myself anticipating those phrases. it's like talking to someone who always ends sentences with "you know what i mean?". all other audio books that i've listened to use a change of tone to identify different characters. i don't know if it's the reader doing this or if the author actually wrote it this way.

i'll be sure and listen to the sample more carefully from now on. either way, it makes for difficult listening.
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- hilobilly

This is pure Parker

I have listened to part of this book and Parker's "Backstory"-- also read by Mantegna. For me, his reading captures the style and pace of Spenser. The "I said" "she said" is all Parker and is integral to the Spencer prose of factual, enlightened skepticism. You might not like Parker's style, but to say that he can't write dialogue is contrary to the opinions millions who have read him in print and enjoy the books on audio. Maybe Spenser isn't for you, but as a Spenser fan-- I think it's great.
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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio