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Publisher's Summary

When Spenser accepts a job as a "bodyguard" for a beautiful young woman, he gets in way over his head.
©1987 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Random House
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Critic Reviews

Spenser is..."The sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye around today...the legitimate heir to the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald tradition." (The Cincinnati Post)
"Spenser is...Tougher, stronger, better educated, and far more amusing than Sam Spade, Phil Marlowe, or Lewis Archer...Spenser gives the connoisseur of that rare combination of good detective fiction and good literature a chance to indulge himself." (The Boston Globe)
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By bebe on 04-17-10

very good

The only reason I did not give this a 5 is because Hawk is not in the story line. I like Spencer novels best when Spencer, Hawk and Susan Silverman are all involved. However, this is a really good book. It has a great story line and Spencer is his usual funny, cocky and loveable self. The reader is good and make listening to this book a pleasure.

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By Richard Delman on 12-12-12

Spenser is a pleasure

Rachel Wallace is a lesbian feminist who writes books and names names, and gets vilified for speaking her mind. Her publisher hires Spenser to be her bodyguard, as she has received death threats for her views. She is personally reluctant to hire such a macho guy, but she needs him. I don't want to say too much about the plot, but I will say a little. I don't know how long ago this book was published, but Parker speaks to issues that are so current and so controversial that they could be in the news now. Rachel is kidnapped by some loony "Ritz crackers," in Spenser's words, but these people are very far off at the extreme right wing of this country, deeply bigoted and intolerant to their bones. The resistance to same sex marriage in the current news is essentially predicted by Parker here. The relationship between Spenser and Susan is once again so tender that you feel deeply for both of them. Spenser may be a tough guy on the outside and a cream puff inside, but the cream puff is available to us in a very guarded and controlled way. Rachel fires Spenser because he is too violent in one scene, a corporate setting in which he manhandles a couple of corporate goofballs. Spenser admits that "she might be right" about this. He uses his connections in the Boston Police Department, Belson and Quirk, to look for her in ways that the police cannot. He is endangered by the loonies and their lackies, but he finds a way out, despite being severely beaten in one scene. Parker was so prolific in his life (he died in 2010) that you should read most of his stuff, and stay away from the pretenders. I recommend him without reservation. I've read over 800 audiobooks, and Parker continues to entertain me, make me laugh, and make me think. What more could I want?

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