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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,141 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: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739339961
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Spenser knows something’s amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy’s aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan’s abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job’s a job, after all.

Not surprisingly, Spenser catches Jordan with another man, tells Dennis what he’s found out, and considers the case closed. But a couple of days later, all hell breaks loose, and three people are dead. This isn’t just a marital affair gone bad. Spenser is in the middle of a hornet’s nest of trouble, and he has to get out of it without getting stung.

With Hawk watching his back and gun-for-hire Vinnie Morris providing extra cover, Spenser delves into a complicated and far-reaching operation: Jordan’s former lover Perry Alderson is the leader of a group that helps sponsor terrorists. The Boston P.I. will use all his connections—both above and below the law—to uncover the truth behind Alderson’s antigovernment organization. Alderson doesn’t like Spenser poking around his business, so he decides to get to him through Susan. But what Alderson doesn’t realize is that Spenser will do anything to keep Susan out of harm’s way; nothing will keep him from the woman he loves.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 2/18/2014

    " I think I have read nearly everything Robert Parker has written and have actually grown a little bit bored by some of more recent. This new book about private investigator Spenser injects some elements that made me glad that I brought the book home. For those who have read other books in the Spenser series, there are some changes in the Spenser/Susan Silverman romance. Check it out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoy Robert Parker's writing style. Mostly conversation. (Although the conversations between Spencer and Susan are a bit odd) Fast and enjoyable reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekkila | 2/15/2014

    " I finished this one last night, another good Spenser novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/9/2014

    " Now and Then (Spenser) by Robert B. Parker (2008) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 1/30/2014

    " I miss Spenser. I wonder if Boston is still safe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/29/2014

    " I have read about all the Spencer novels. I never tire of Parker's snappy dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianne | 1/27/2014

    " I read this book in two nights (and stayed up way too late doing it). I have read almost all of Robert Parker's books and he is one of my favorite authors so it's no wonder I liked this one as well. I'd recommend this book and author to anyone! "

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

    " This is one in a series of books about Spenser, a private investigator. It reminds me of the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block. I thoroughly enjoyed the character, and the story. It was a fun read and I look forward to reading more books in this series. I have read this author before and he is a very good writer whose work I have enjoyed. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/22/2014

    " The Spencer series is always a good read -- great, witty dialogue, but i felt this one to be kinda boring plot-wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MASH | 1/20/2014

    " Read all of Parker's mysteries.....great!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geneva Gorgo | 12/31/2013

    " Great Parker repartee, so-so story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael crage | 12/18/2013

    " What can I say. This was a Spencer for hire book by Robert B Parker. That is enough to tell you it is a good book. Every Spencer for hire book I have read has been superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angeline | 12/10/2013

    " Quick and easy read....the quintessential detective novel. Spenser: your basic independent hero, who associates with murderers but has a soft heart and a noble code, with a psychologist for a girlfriend, so there is a sprinkling of philosphy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnna | 11/18/2013

    " Fast read, keep picturing the "Spenser for Hire" TV series. How can he and Susan not age?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindig | 10/14/2013

    " Standard blend of romance & macho; easy read as is 80% dialogue and everybody talks in short declarative sentences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 10/10/2013

    " This book was an easy and fast read, but i just really couldn't get into. Maybe if I go back and read the previous Spenser Novels I would enjoy the book more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrie | 6/27/2013

    " Same old, same old. The dust jacket on this one made it seem like it was going to be much more exciting than it was. The final "showdown" is anticlimatic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bev | 5/2/2013

    " A popper... It's a formula thaat works, again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 2/1/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/11/2012

    " My first Robert B. Parker. Overall, not bad. The action was pretty fast-paced, which is what I like in this type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 4/30/2012

    " Parker's Spenser novels are always a good, quick read. I enoy also because they are set in Boston "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 3/29/2012

    " Ever dependable Spenser with the redoubtable Hawk and the lovely Susan, my companions of many years. I think I;ve read them all at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/24/2011

    " While investigating a straying spouse, Spenser encounters a dangerous man with a troubled past. In addition, Spenser and Susan learn more about each other. The result is a potboiler that works brilliantly on several levels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 6/21/2011

    " Spenser novel with Susan, Hawke, Vinnie & Chollo. Don't bother - you've read it before. Never went anywhere, no heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/16/2011

    " Classic Parker, spare, compressed always a good read.

    "I was driving, Susan was beside me. It was dark. The wipers were moving gently. It embodied most of what I wanted in life, alone with Susan, going someplace, protected from the rain." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 4/29/2011

    " Another audio book that did not impress. Parker is a better read than a listen. Way to much introspection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 4/1/2011

    " By this stage of his career, Parker was running on automatic. Kind of fun but really a mashup of previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/27/2011

    " just a fun, mindless beach read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 3/25/2011

    " When you are desperate for something really easy, Robert Parker and Spenser are the answer. I can't give it more than two stars but it was just what I needed at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 3/2/2011

    " The Susan / Spenser relationship gets mawkish, but otherwise entertaining as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/24/2011

    " A bit more Hawk in this one and so, one I enjoyed it more than other recent Spenser novels I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/19/2011

    " What can I say. This was a Spencer for hire book by Robert B Parker. That is enough to tell you it is a good book. Every Spencer for hire book I have read has been superb.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 2/7/2011

    " Eh, it's fine, but it promises a government terrorist plot that it doesn't really deliver on. One of the more unfocused Parker mysteries I've read. Not the best, but still -- a fix. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 1/28/2011

    " Audiobook-
    Glad I didn't start with #1 of the series and work my way through to this one ! Take a pass ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 1/1/2011

    " Not too many authors can create this many books with a central character. Spenser is one of my favorites- love his diction and his confidence. All his books are worth reading and a definite escape for a day or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/20/2010

    " Gotta have my Spenser every fourth book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LInda | 12/8/2010

    " A good story to listen to on a long car trip. Too bad Robert Parker recently died. No more of these fun reads will be coming along. "

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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.