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Reads like a bad parody of Robert Parker--and this is coming from a Robert Parker fan. Instead try "All our Yesterdays" and "Early Autumn"--two of Parker's earlier (and much better) books.
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This is a different sort of Spenser novel; or at least it gives a different, deeper view of Hawk than any of Parker's previous works. His girlfriend Cecile is given a primer on Hawk and the forces that molded him by Spenser; even if she questions much of it. The story of Hawk's recovery from his bullet wounds is similar to Spenser's in a previous novel; similarly Spenser is there for Hawk just as Hawk was for Spenser. Susan Silverman is a quiet, steady, likable persona in this work and the gushing worship that everyone feels for her for no discernible reason is thankfully absent. A nice change from many of the previous Spenser novels.
Once you move past the first dozen Spenser novels there are many examples of hit and miss in the subsequent books; this one is one of the high points. A fast moving, highly entertaining work by an author who does uncomplicated detective fiction extremely well. Excellent listen; highly recommended.
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