Spenser plays against time while he tracks the Red Rose killer from Boston's Combat Zone to the suburbs. His trap is both daring and brave, and gives the story a satisfying climax.
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©1989 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Random House
"Like Philip Marlowe, Spenser is a man of honor in a dishonorable world. When he says he will do something, it is done. The dialogue zings, and there is plenty of action...but it is the moral element that sets this series above most defective fiction." (Newsweek)
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I was disappointed in Prichard's uninspired reading of what I've always thought was one of the better Spenser novels. I think I'd avoid his narrations in future.
Michael Prichard was not nearly the narrator that Joe Mantegna is in the later Spenser novels and this one needed all the help it could get. This selection seems to be more a paean to Susan as a psychotherapist than it is a work of detective fiction. Still it is a short, fast paced story that doesn't linger too long and ultimately reveals, albeit a bit too neatly, the means, method, motive, and opportunity and wraps up fully and easily. If you like Spenser you'll enjoy this effort at least somewhat, while still being disappointed and wishing Parker had been able to write more books as good as Early Autumn and Looking For Rachel Wallace.
"And the Beat goes on"
As you know, I am reading the Spenser series in order and this one made me laugh out loud with some of Spenser's quips.
Enjoyed this audiobook but must agree that the narrator could be better.
This narrator doesn't do Parker's audiobooks any justice.
"This is the Spenser that hooked me on the series."
I dare you to listen to this one and not be hungry for more. Spenser is a stand up guy and CJ puts a spotlight on Susan too.
"Good book -- disappointing narration"
This Spenser book narration was flat and lacking the sardonic humor expressed by the Spenser character. The story was good and I made it through the book. Of all of the narrators I have listened to over the past 12 years of Parker books, this was the absolute worst! Of the past narrators, Joe Mantegna was the absolute perfect Spenser. I am very disappointed to see that many of the new releases this summer were read by this Michael Prichard....bring back Mantegna!
"First audio book"
For my first book I wanted to choose an author and character that I knew and was pretty sure I would enjoy. I liked the tv series and have enjoyed many Parker-Spenser novels. I enjoyed this one very much. The he saids, she saids don't bother me. I did not have a problem with the narrator. I am glad to get back into "reading".
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