God Save the Child : Spenser

  • by Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • Series: Spenser
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists. But when push comes to shove, when a boy's life is on the line, Spenser can speak that language too.


What the Critics Say

"Spenser is everyman's fantasy: social critic, gourmet cook, physically fit, sculptor, and of course, unabashed participant in a non-destructive sexual relationship. Parker has taken his place beside Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald." (The Boston Globe)


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Customer Reviews

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Early Parker, like Early Autumn. Very engaging.

Parker was so prolific for so long that it is sometimes hard to tell one book from another. I may have confused my review of Early Autumn with this one. If so, forgive me. At 63. whatever, the memory begins to fade...perhaps some of you are familiar with this phenomenon.
In any case, this is the book in which Spenser and Susan Silverman meet, and it presages a long, passionate affair in which the two never live together, but maintain their love and commitment to each other. The plot involves a kidnapping of a fifteen-year-old boy for $50,000, money his parents have to borrow. The parents have very serious problems. Spenser is drawn into a spider's web of iniquity and evil-doing, the likes of which the title of the book would never even hint at. Everyone is corrupt, and Spenser is like a dog with a bone: he is so determined that he never lets go. Susan helps him as a consultant, but we soon realize that the work she does is parallel: her clinical work involves her solving the nexus of her patients' lives, just as Spenser's work draws him into the dark side of their lives.
Spenser is so funny that you often can't stop giggling long enough to take him seriously.
This book is also pre-Hawk. Spenser is without his wing-man, and has to ride to the rescue with only his resources. Fortunately, these are considerable. The team of Spenser and Susan is a winner, and will survive decades of very satisfying work. Enjoy this. Few writers can approach Parker in talent, humor, plot or character development.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books."

Have listened to this twice

I listened to this a few months ago before I had gotten hooked on Spencer. After 10 books, I am now really hooked. The books I previously enjoyed were not in sequence so I decided to start from the first and go through the series in order. This includes relistening/rereading books previously enjoyed. The first book is Godwulf Manuscript, which I read (because Burt Reynolds is the reader of the Audible.com version and he is awful). Godwulf is great. I think I learned that Spencer's first name is Jim (which I never knew before), but I may be wrong. Possibly I will verify his first name in a later book.

Then I relistened to God Save the Child (the second book) and enjoyed it even more the second time. In this book Spencer is looking for a missing boy. He meets Susan Silverman for the first time. She is a guidance councelor at the missing boy's school. Parker says her eyes are black/brown. I seem to remember in later books that her eyes are blue, but I may be wrong. I can't wait to keep going through the series to see if her eyes stay black/brown! Robert Parker did a good job drawing all the characters - I really like the father and sister of the missing boy - and disliked his mother. Quirk and Belson of the Boston Police Dept show up again (they were introduced in the first book). Also Healy of the Dist Atty's office shows up. I can't remember if he was in the first book, but I know that he, Quirk and Belson show up in many of the following books. Robert Parker seems to enjoy writing about Spencer and developing his character. He does a splendid job in this book and throughout the series. Michael Prithard is the reader and he is good. He, Montegna and Davis are excellent Spencer series readers and protray him the way I have him pictured from reading the books. I love the Spencer world and highly recommend that you get into it too.
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- bebe "Attorney - love to listen to audio books"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-17-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio