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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9780739309506
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A cheating husband and a wayward wife provide Spenser with an unconventional and dangerous surveillance job. 

When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband, Trent, is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: Not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption. 

It seems the folks in the Cowley's circle have become enamored of radio talk-show host Darrin O'Mara, whose views on Courtly Love are clouding some already fuzzy minds with the notion of cross-connubial relationships. O'Mara's brand of sex therapy is unconventional at best, unlawful-and deadly-at worst. Then a murder at Kinergy, where Trent Cowley is CFO, sends Spenser in yet another direction. Apparently, the unfettered pursuit of profit has a price. 

With razor-sharp characterizations and finely honed prose, this is Parker writing at the height of his powers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/17/2014

    " Murder Mystery this took a bit to get into cause I usually like to read mushy lovie stuff but it was good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/17/2014

    " This is the first Robert Parker book I've read and I enjoyed it. My only real problem was that Parker doesn't seem to know any synonyms for the word "said." It's constantly "He said this" or "She said that." It was a little annoying. Nonetheless, Spencer is an amusing character who seems to realize it and appreciate it. Plus it was great having the story take place in locations I'm familiar with. Albeit, Joe Mantegna mispronounced "Copley" and "Waltham" which was slightly frustrating. Other than that, it was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/10/2014

    " I'm a sucker for the Spenser mystery novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/7/2014

    " Enjoyed the story very much. Parker is an excellent storyteller, and weaves a tale of intrigue very nicely. Keeps me turning the page! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 2/7/2014

    " Reading a Spenser is like running into old friends whose lives are much more interesting than yours. This time there is murder, mayhem, adultery, theft and a cast of characters that are among the most unlikeable people in literature. What more do you need? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/23/2014

    " My first Spenser book -- what have I been missing! Apart from the Enron-esque plot, I really enjoyed Parker's witty dialogue and the rapport he's built between the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles Kaufman | 1/23/2014

    " Another fine story from Parker. I think one of the best at economy of words. He says more in one sentence than most do in a paragraph. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita McDonald | 1/21/2014

    " First I've read of this series -- could have used less nasty language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/20/2014

    " My first "Spenser" book and I will be back for more. Fun characters and a decent plot kept my interest. My only gripe is that Parker uses the word said a lot in establishing his dialogue. I listened to it on CD and much of the dialogue was like: "Is that so?" I said. "Sure was," he said. "Okay," I said. Maybe reading it would be been a little less obnoxious. However, Joe Montegna was a great reader and truly helped breathe life into the characters. Looks like I have found myself a new mystery series and there are plenty of volumes to keep me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margarette Kramer | 1/19/2014

    " It was a good book..really made u use ur brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan Hippard | 12/8/2013

    " I really like Robert Parker, and Spenser and his girlfriend are so wonderfully witty. It was an enjoyable pleasure to indulge in some mindless fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/7/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 11/29/2013

    " A solid Spenser novel and a fun take on the Enron meltdown. The Spenser books are a lot like Law & Order in that they tend to revolve around current issues and trends to push their plots along and this is an excellent example of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 11/8/2013

    " Love the smart-ass dialogue and delightful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 11/5/2013

    " Parker is wry, smart, and funny. What's not to like about his Spenser novels? The man has got it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/3/2013

    " This is pretty standard Spenser fare, with humorous dialogue, quirky characters and -- behind it all -- the wonderful perspective of one of my favorite fictional P.I.s. You ought to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 1/8/2013

    " Audio version. Vulgarity and sarcastic humor. I liked the characters and the humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 8/22/2012

    " Bad business is good. Typical Spenser which is always good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jarrod | 8/17/2012

    " An interesting book with a weird plot. The person reading it was not my favorite and made the story awkward in a few instances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay Wright | 6/26/2012

    " Who doesn't love Spenser? Even the old ones are fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/16/2012

    " Witty and charming ... quick read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jbrown | 5/13/2012

    " Too many cliches. You really have to be a Spenser fan to really enjoy it; things moved too slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Miller | 1/17/2012

    " Love this author. Did not like the main character Spenser as well as his author Character Jesse Stone. This story had so many twists and turns I did not figure all the details, until the end. His style takes you on the journey of solving the mystery first hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marylu Sanok | 9/13/2011

    " Another in the ongoing cases of Spencer, not the best but interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alayna | 8/29/2011

    " Typical Robert B Parker - light, quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Westfall | 7/14/2011

    " Decent Spenser novel. It lacked the action many of the others I have read. I can't say that I enjoyed the Accounting lesson in the plot. Worth the read though. It is Parker after all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 5/15/2011

    " A remarkable mix of political correctness and gay bashing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 4/4/2011

    " Good reading, but not one of my favorites by Robert Parker. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 R.a. | 3/26/2011

    " The Spenser novels were always lightweight, but fun and smart in the beginning. By the time this novel came out, it was truly formulistic. Actually, it was just plain tired. Simplistic plot, characters who were just going through the motions. Move along, nothing to see here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 11/30/2010

    " Another fine story from Parker. I think one of the best at economy of words. He says more in one sentence than most do in a paragraph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 11/16/2010

    " Spenser, Hawk, Susan et al solved a mystery using an Enron/Tyco incident as the back drop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 9/30/2010

    " This book was so much fun to read. Spenser's dialogue was great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 8/14/2010

    " Parker really stretches the plot on this one. Too much killing, screwing and cheating. Not read to recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jbrown | 7/4/2010

    " Too many cliches. You really have to be a Spenser fan to really enjoy it; things moved too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Voula | 6/29/2010

    " This is the first book I've read by Parker. I really enjoyed it. I like the characters and the story is well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 5/11/2010

    " I like Parker's writing, but he really phoned it in on the plot in this one. Very boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/9/2010

    " Decent Spenser novel. It lacked the action many of the others I have read. I can't say that I enjoyed the Accounting lesson in the plot. Worth the read though. It is Parker after all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 2/8/2010

    " A solid Spenser novel and a fun take on the Enron meltdown. The Spenser books are a lot like Law & Order in that they tend to revolve around current issues and trends to push their plots along and this is an excellent example of that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/22/2010

    " Spenser is hired to investigate an extramarital affair, which leads to several other situations at an energy company. I enjoy the character's sensibilities and humor. (Thought it would be appropriate to read a Spenser novel since the author recently passed away.) "

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