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Brad Sterling - former Harvard football player, ne¿er-do-well, and Susan Silverman's long out-of touch ex-husband, is by all appearances a successful businessman. But when, in the course of running a vast fundraiser called Galapalooza, he is charged with sexual harassment, he turns to Susan for help. Though Brad denies the charge, he's desperate, behind in alimony and child support payments to other exes, and on the verge of insolvency. When Spenser, Susan's current love interest, reluctantly agrees to take the case, however, Brad claims everything is fine - he's free of debt and free of problems. While the harassment charge begins to look more and more suspicious, Spenser senses there is something wrong with Galapalooza as leads to charities turn into dead ends. Susan, meanwhile, becomes steadily more agitated as she wrestles former demons reincarnated by her ex-husband's reappearance. As the questions mount, Brad disappears, a body is found, and clues to a shadowy mob connection begin to surface. Spenser finds himself fighting a two-front war against some very bad men, on the one hand, and against an increasingly unpredictable Susan, on the other.
©1999 Robert B. Parker (P)2009 Phoenix
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1 out of 5 stars
By Indy on 08-28-09


This reader CANNOT do Parker. Those of us who love the English language, and who love rhythm that authors create, look forward to someone reading who understands that musical magic. This guy is TERRIBLE. Everywhere there's a period (which is very frequent with Parker!) he reads as a comma or a question mark. It's EXCRUTIATING. AWFUL. PLEASE do not let this guy read Parker again, and I really want my money back.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Me & My Girls on 03-13-15

Featuring Susan Silverman; But It's Good Anyway

Susan asks Spenser to help her ex-husband Brad Sterling (Silverman being too Jewish) who has come to her with a sob story about being broke. Strangely enough he informs Spenser that she's an overwrought woman being too melodramatic. In the meantime she's extremely bitchy towards Spenser who has taken on the case pro bono in order to help her ex solely because she asks him. Naturally Spenser accepts this with equanimity; and along with his pal Hawk they go through thugs on both sides of the law to get to the truth. In the meantime Spenser and the evidently weirdly compelling Susan Silverman work through her problem in a highly Freudian way though it hasn't been the therapy of choice since the 1960's. Despite all the negatives this is an action filled, fast paced mystery that delivers what we've come to expect from Parker's first icon.

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