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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,807 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 2005 ISBN: 9780739318607
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Spenser—“God’s gift to the Boston crime scene” (Kirkus Reviews)—and his redoubtable sidekick, Hawk, seek revenge on a cold-blooded killer.

When his closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to accept the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.

Spenser quickly learns that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the bodegas to the police force to the
mayor’s office, isn’t just a sign of rampant corruption—it’s a form of arrogance that only serves to ignite Hawk’s desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns, while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 2/8/2014

    " CD from Library - Hawk is shot, he and Dective go after Croation mob. Wasnt very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/5/2014

    " As with all Spenser novels there is light hearted banter between the regulars as well as emotional support. This novel does have a higher body count than usual for the series, but most of them happen off stage, so to speak. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suz | 2/2/2014

    " good spencer novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 1/18/2014

    " Enjoyable Spenser, but not fabulous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/10/2014

    " Classic Spenser. Fun to read a book where the characters are discussing their plans for what to do next at Upstairs on the Square. Quick fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 12/27/2013

    " Pretty poor. Parker's just mailing them in at this point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Marie | 12/22/2013

    " The book starts with Hawk in the hospital after being shot then details how and why he seeks revenge. A slow read with so much of Hawk's slang dialog. Just OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Mallory | 12/21/2013

    " Just when you think it's gonna be simple, he layers on levels of complication and intrigue. Just when you think it's going to be morally bankrupt, he muddies the ethical waters with new levels of justification and necessity. Once again Parker has Spenser (or at least Susan) struggle with where the line is between righteous knight and violent thug. 'Cold Service' features Spenser's best friend Hawk more than any other Parker book. But is he fighting Afghan warlords? Heroin pushers? Mob bosses? Or is he just in it for revenge? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 12/14/2013

    " Spenser and Hawk doing what they do best. Parker is the Mickey Spillane of the 21st century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ervin hiney | 12/2/2013

    " spencer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 11/23/2013

    " Spenser and Hawk - what else do I need to say? If you like them, this is another good one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 11/14/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Armando | 11/10/2013

    " not a very good police story, its just about revenge and how Hawk went about it, with the help of his friend and other criminals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bnschmid | 11/10/2013

    " I enjoy the Spencer novels.This one was no exception.I think his friend Hawk is more of a badass than he is though.Yhey kill about 20 people in this one.All of that murder and mayhem makes a person relax and sleep better at night...ahhh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie Thelen | 7/18/2013

    " I wanted a Robert B. Parker book on my self because he is one of my favorite authors. I love the way he writes, using lots of dialogue which is how I like to write. This is one of many I've read. I haven't read a bad one. It's Spenser, Hawk, Susan and the Boston mob in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Maenza | 10/21/2012

    " For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Cold Service. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/5/2012

    " A good crime book to listen to while on a long car trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 6/12/2012

    " I know some people find the Susan character annoying, but I enjoy the fact that Spenser has a love interest. I look forward to their conversations, and doubly enjoyed the conversations concerning Hawk and his love interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Beck | 6/10/2012

    " A good story. Hawk is a major part of this story. Spenser helps Hawk get revenge on some bad guys who almost killed him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 5/2/2012

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Spenser; Spenser and Hawk plot revenge against Ukranian mob and corrupt officials after they wound Hawk and kill a young boy's entire family "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurel | 4/30/2012

    " This might have been more compelling if I had read some of the previous books in the series and were already attached to the characters. As it was, it was more entertaining for its brevity of sentence and chapter and shallowness of plot than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 4/14/2012

    " good and fast moving. My type "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pygmyhippo | 2/7/2012

    " Another good Spenser novel. Nothing out of the ordinary. I liked the way this one didn't seem to end abruptly. The loose ends all seemed to be tied up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Belinda | 1/21/2012

    " LEAST favorite RBP book thus far...mostly because I already knew what happened from reading the books out of sequence. This book just seems to drag on and on like a tough guy soap opera. It was so boring. I only gave it 2 stars because I just love Spenser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/24/2011

    " Cold Service (Spenser Mysteries) by Robert B. Parker (2005) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 9/4/2011

    " Not my favorite Spenser book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris May | 7/19/2011

    " A "Hawk" centered book, very similar to the book where Spenser was shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 5/13/2011

    " It's sad to think that He's passed away and there will be no more Spencer Books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LInda | 12/7/2010

    " A good crime book to listen to while on a long car trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Armando | 11/24/2010

    " not a very good police story, its just about revenge and how Hawk went about it, with the help of his friend and other criminals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Belinda | 10/18/2010

    " LEAST favorite RBP book thus far...mostly because I already knew what happened from reading the books out of sequence. This book just seems to drag on and on like a tough guy soap opera. It was so boring. I only gave it 2 stars because I just love Spenser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 5/10/2010

    " good and fast moving. My type "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/1/2010

    " Another good Spenser book. More about Hawk and a decent plot. It got a little confusing about 3/4 through, but perhaps it was because there was a baseball game on TV. Worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/21/2010

    " Spenser and Hawk doing what they do best. Parker is the Mickey Spillane of the 21st century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 4/19/2010

    " Listened to the audio book. Had not enjoyed Spenser and Haek for a while. Good, but too much psychology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 2/3/2010

    " The usual Spenser nonsense, unusual for not paraphrasing Shakespeare, and so is an almost complete waste of time. There is some entertainment to be found in the dialogue. "

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker (1932–2010), long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, was the New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser mysteries, as well as the Jesse Stone novels. He was named Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen. He has more than fifty books to his credit.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.