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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780307705112
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Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he has run away—until the comic-strip ransom note arrives.

It doesn’t take Spenser long to get the picture: an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends, friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser’s only lead, and he isn’t talking—except with his fists. But when push comes to shove, when a boy’s life is on the line, Spenser can speak that language, too.

Crack another case with Spenser.

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

    " Vintage Robert Parker: the second novel in the Spenser series where he meets Susan. It's nice to go back and see Spenser's origin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Ellen | 2/16/2014

    " Robert Parker is always entertaining reading, though there is a bit much testosterone for me. At least in this one, Susan Silverman is making her first appearance and has not yet become tiresome. The parents of this seemingly abducted adolescent become tiresome (especially the bitch mother who is two dimensional)as is the teenager, but there are some interesting twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 2/14/2014

    " Second Spenser an improvement over the first & introduces Susan. Working on third in series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/12/2014

    " Susan Silverman enters Spenser's life--as a high school guidance counselor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/3/2014

    " This is one of the first Spenser for Hire books Parker wrote. They're a wonderful series ... I highly recommend them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/28/2014

    " Also an enjoyable early Spenser book. I love reading about what he cooks when he has time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/25/2014

    " Very enjoyable. Not too dirty or violent -- just enough to make for a suspensful detective story. That Spenser is quite charismatic! Also, I really dug his 70's outfits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 1/19/2014

    " Way better than the cover or the blurb on the back would suggest. Definitely worth the read if you like detective fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/11/2014

    " The 2nd Spenser (out of 40 or so?) - more enjoyable mindless detective fiction. Parker pays homage to Dashiell Hammett; at one point in the novel Spenser gives the fake name of Nick Charles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 12/19/2013

    " Short quick read. Spencer kicks ass, literally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 10/28/2013

    " Good private eye story about a guy trying to find a boy while dealing with the boy's crazy parents and finding a woman who he likes a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly Hurst | 10/15/2013

    " Figured out part of the case very early, but had some interesting twist. Will continue reading this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 10/12/2013

    " Classic Spenser. Second book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 12/29/2012

    " Good straight forward PI story. No real twists and no clear resolution. Which actually is a good thing in this story. Not for the politically correct crowd as it full of societal norms of the mid 1970's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Maenza | 12/23/2012

    " For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: God Save the Child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/17/2012

    " The second Spenser novel introduces us to one of Parker's unforgettable dysfunctional families, the Bartletts. We also meet Susan Silverman, and arr treated to more humor and insight. A great read, and we're only getting started! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 7/14/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 4.5 stars - library book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ensiform | 5/21/2012

    " The second Spenser book. Not nearly as good as the first --- a bit predictable (for some reason, no one has any idea how a murder occurred, when it's incredibly obvious). And the characters are drawn in rather thick strokes. Still, good escapist noir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 4/30/2012

    " Interesting to read how Spencer and Susan met. Always enjoy Spencer's humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Holmes | 4/7/2012

    " This is the second in the P I Spenser serious. I enjoyed the humor and the seriousness of the story. I enjoy the writing style of Robert B. Parker. I will be looking for the third in the series soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/3/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 4.5 stars - library book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 9/28/2011

    " I always enjoy reading a Spenser novel, especially when I'm looking for an easy, fun read during the dog days of August. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/14/2011

    " Susan Silverman enters Spenser's life--as a high school guidance counselor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 1/3/2011

    " Second Spenser an improvement over the first & introduces Susan. Working on third in series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maeve | 12/21/2010

    " I love Spenser and am glad we get to meet Susan in this one, but it wasn't Parker's best plot. The ending picked up though, so that's good. Reading Parker makes me hungry as he always has Spenser cook the most amazing meals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/18/2010

    " Another good Spenser book, probably better than the first. Everything makes sense and flows logically. Spenser is a real lady killer, reality, at least mine, is nowhere near as smooth and clear as it is with him when he meets a beautiful lady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 9/25/2010

    " Love the snappy repartee!! Spenser is one funny guy. And good at what he does, which is detect. Kind of reminds me of Elvis Cole, another smart-a private detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 9/20/2010

    " Also an enjoyable early Spenser book. I love reading about what he cooks when he has time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/11/2010

    " good. Second in the Spencer series - amazing how RBP evolved his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/4/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this book; it was fast paced and it took me only two days to finish it. Spenser is quite a sleuth and the reader finds out a little bit more about his past life. A very good read. "

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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

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.