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3.0008794102159 out of 53.0008794102159 out of 53.0008794102159 out of 53.0008794102159 out of 53.0008794102159 out of 5 3.00 (1,899 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: 9780307705310
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A snowstorm of drugs, passion, and hate…

In this crime story from bestselling author Robert B. Parker, Boston private eye Spenser is hired to determine whether a reporter was killed by dope dealers or by an irate husband. Either way, he’s got his work cut out for him.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/19/2014

    " Pale Kings and Princes by Robert Parker (1988) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Maenza | 2/15/2014

    " Please see my blog for my review: Martin's View: Pale Kings and Princes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/8/2014

    " A typical Spenser adventure as he takes a job to find out who killed a young newspaper reporter. The reporter was looking into the "rumors" of heavy cocaine trade in a small Massachusetts town that had fallen on hard times when the mills had closed and the imported Columbian workers were left jobless. Spenser runs into heavy opposition from the local Police force and silence from most of the citizens. Eventually working with a State Police officer and Hawk they get to the bottom of the problem. Quick, light and fun as are most of the Spenser books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Ward | 2/5/2014

    " Pale Kings and Princes (Spenser #14) by Robert B. Parker (Delacorte Press 1986)find Spenser and Hawk investigating the cocaine trade in rural Massachusets. 4/10, finished 8/31/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Peuster | 1/28/2014

    " Parker does it again with this one! But I found myself thinking of the Robert Urich "Spencer for Hire" movie that was made based upon this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 1/6/2014

    " Spenser takes on the Massachusetts cocaine distributing network. Lots of Spenser wise cracking dialog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/24/2013

    " I think Susan finally has moved to Boston. If it was mentioned in previous books, I missed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 12/11/2013

    " Definitely one of the better ones in the Spenser series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 12/6/2013

    " A typical Spenser novel, but most enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Wallace | 11/24/2013

    " My third Spenser book in a month, and still another I'd list among my favorites. What can I say Parker never seems to disappoint! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 2/7/2013

    " This is one of my husband's favorite authors and series. I can see why. Very sarcastic but confident and high morals. Plus he's absolutely crazy in love with his girlfriend!!! Quick read but thoroughly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 2/6/2013

    " OK Spenser - Not as good as some of the others but still a good & fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 11/12/2012

    " Spenser takes on cocaine dealer and bent local cops in Wheaton. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/11/2012

    " Has anyone else noticed that once in every Parker book someone says "We'd be fools not to?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 10/26/2012

    " The newspaper angle gets dropped pretty early but it's still an entertaining read and lets hear it for Spenser for getting 300 kilos of coke off the streets of Wheaton, Mass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 10/23/2012

    " I'm a Spenser fan, what can I say? This was a very good one in which a newspaper publisher hires Spenser to find out who killed his reporter, who was on an assignment about cocaine dealing in Wheaton, Mass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 8/11/2011

    " Straight ahead mystery in the Spenser style. What more could we ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/30/2011

    " Fast paced, easy read, yet keeps you entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 2/28/2011

    " It s Spenser. Not as dialog driven as later books. It is all that a Spenser book should be and Hawk is how's up. "

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

    " Spenser, Hawk and Susan go to Wheaton, Mass. to solve a murder and break up the cocaine trade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/21/2010

    " Spenser, Hawk and Susan go to Wheaton, Mass. to solve a murder and break up the cocaine trade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 9/26/2010

    " A typical Spenser novel, but most enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 7/20/2010

    " This is one of my husband's favorite authors and series. I can see why. Very sarcastic but confident and high morals. Plus he's absolutely crazy in love with his girlfriend!!! Quick read but thoroughly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/18/2010

    " Fast paced, easy read, yet keeps you entertained. "

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

    " Spenser, what else can you say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 2/8/2010

    " The newspaper angle gets dropped pretty early but it's still an entertaining read and lets hear it for Spenser for getting 300 kilos of coke off the streets of Wheaton, Mass. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/26/2009

    " Has anyone else noticed that once in every Parker book someone says "We'd be fools not to?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/26/2009

    " spenser bookcolombian drug stuff in rural mass. another page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/6/2009

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Spenser; small town where a reporter was killed is beset by cocaine and crooked cops until Spenser and Hawk arrive.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 5/21/2009

    " Another 'old' Spenser book written in 1987.
    The subject was a small town in Mass. that
    was a center for drugs entering the U.S. with
    Hispanic ties. Not as much memorable dialogue
    as usual. "

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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.