Cold Service : Spenser

  • by Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by Joe Mantegna
  • Series: Spenser
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him. Spenser quickly learns that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the bodegas to the police force to the mayor's office, isn't just a sign of rampant corruption, it's a form of arrogance that only serves to ignite Hawk's desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance.

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What the Critics Say

"The satisfying part here is watching Parker dig deeply into the remarkable friendship between two tough guys constitutionally averse to the whole touchy-feely side of life....When he's on his game, and he's on it here, Parker is capable of packing a Hemingway punch into a few brief words and the occasional grunt." (Booklist)

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Parody of Parker--Pass it by!

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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- Dan

Some New Ground

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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- Me & My Girls

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio