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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780553702491
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Boston P. I. Spenser returns—heading west to the rich man’s haven of Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town recently reborn as a paradise for Los Angeles millionaires looking for a place to escape the pressures of their high-flying lifestyles. When a band of modern-day mountain men, led by a charismatic individual known as the Preacher, takes over the town, even the local police are powerless to defend the residents in the face of the clever, dangerous gang. Spenser assembles a group of his own, including the redoubtable Hawk, to beat the gang at their own dangerous game and form the nucleus of a real police force to watch over the town when he’s gone.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 2/19/2014

    " One more... Only a few left. Spenser as always.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 2/12/2014

    " It was fun to have all of Spencer's sidekicks together for this story, but the ending was horrible. There was no feeling of justice when this was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaby | 2/4/2014

    " This one is a lot of fun, as they all are. Spence has to unravel the mystery of what the heck is going on under the surface of the investigation. Of course, he pretty much always figures it out, solving the case. Spence's character along with his main squeeze, Susan, and his side kick, Hawk, are terrific characters. They have depth and seem so real. Parker's writing allows the reader to visualize Boston; and his dialogue is witty. I really love his writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2014

    " More Spenser, and one can never get enough! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 2/1/2014

    " 3 of 10 stars for this rather trite, repetitive effort. "

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

    " This was one of my favorites of the Spenser books. Parker brought back all of Spenser's past friendly thugs and it was great. I could read his books over and over. Reading about Spenser's relationship with different characters is humorous and often enlightening. Spenser is the best private detective there is to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Ward | 1/21/2014

    " Potshot (Spenser #28) by Robert B. Parker (G.P.Putnam's Sons 2001)(Fiction - Mystery) is my favorite Spenser novel. It features an all-start version of Spenser's various criminal allies - Vinnie, Hawk, Bobby Horse, Chollo, Bernard P. Fortunato, and Tedy Sapp. The guys all band together at Spenser's call when our intrepid hero is hired to (1) find out who killed Mary Lou's husband and (2) clean up the former mining town of Potshot, Arizona. Well told! 7.5/10, finished 8/16/11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolgene | 1/18/2014

    " I swore I wouldn't waste my time on another "Spencer" novel and I did, but so help me God never another. Repetitive, childish and downright stupid. The only way I can redeem myself is I didn't actually go out and buy the book!! "

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

    " Not one of Parker's stronger efforts. Still, if you are a Magnificent Seven fan, you may like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/21/2013

    " I love the dialogue in Parker's books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/15/2013

    " Good for us mytery readers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 12/6/2013

    " Has all my criteria for a great story - I loved the whole "let's assemble the most kick-ass team!" plotline. Your mind jumps ahead to fill in the blank when Spencer mentions someone from L.A., or from Georgia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/11/2013

    " Quick read. Ending was nothing like I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 11/11/2013

    " This was a quick, fun read. The story is set in a small town in Arizona, where a private eye goes after the supposed bad guys only to find out nothing is what it appears to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Mueller | 11/3/2013

    " I've read the majority of his books and always look forward to the next one. His stories are quick, easy reads full of wit and sarcasm...I can't help but laugh my way through them :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 10/29/2013

    " In this installment, Spenser is inserted into a Western novel, and he brings a posse of hoodlums he's worked with before. There are gunfights and staredowns, and a small town rife with corruption. Enjoyable, and a bit different from Parker's norm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/3/2013

    " I love the relationship between Spenser and Susan throughout the spenser series. Great insights about love and autonomy. I hesitate slightly to recommend the series to those in my church due to language and violence. But I love the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex | 3/29/2013

    " This was one of the first "Spenser" novels I read. Since then I have read many. I liked them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiina | 3/24/2013

    " One of the newer Spenser novels, I think. Very quick to read, with loads of witty dialogue. The plot was interesting enough, with enough of a mystery, but it served more as background for the dialogue than as the main thing. Recommended, all the same! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 2/15/2013

    " Another romp with Spencer and Hawk as they rid a small Arizona town of the baddies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary B | 2/6/2013

    " This is my favorite Robert B. Parker book. I love the characters and the dialog. I've read this book 3 times and will probably read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Buck | 10/8/2012

    " Ho Hum! However I have never been a Spenser fan. I have tried to read several, but never understood his huge popularity. I really enjoyed Parker's Western series however. I guess I keep reading the Spenser Novels in hopes of finding greatness. All the Parker fans can't be wrong, could they? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cait | 7/3/2012

    " If this had had HALF the characters, I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 5/31/2012

    " This was great fun. I'd just read Thin Air by Mr. Parker, and this book referred to that story several times. I would have liked for Mary Lou to have gotten what was coming to her, but maybe (fingers crossed) that will happen in a later book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/30/2012

    " Potshot (Spenser) by Robert B. Parker (2002) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 11/18/2011

    " One of my favorites. I like the whole series of Spenser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 11/4/2011

    " Spenser at his finest, this is one of my favorites due to guest appearances of many old favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Mccluskey | 8/20/2011

    " Great fun read. Old Spencer at his best. It was great how he dug up some old characters from previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 5/18/2011

    " Bittersweet reading another Spenser novel knowing that Robert B. Parker is gone. This story involved a stolen painting with lots of typical Spenser-Susan banter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nkm | 4/30/2011

    " What can I say? This was published after Parker's death, and is vintage Spenser: an interesting crime, good looking women, devotion to his dog and his true love. I will miss having new installments in this saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 4/25/2011

    " Pretty good in the Spenser/Hawk/Silverman series. Repartee, some action, cooking, and local Boston color. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 4/25/2011

    " A fast read. Sharp dialogue and Spencer is his usual self. Only thing missing is his side kick, Hawk who is not in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 4/24/2011

    " Love Spenser. Robert B Parker will be missed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathyred | 4/20/2011

    " Very enjoyable hard-boiled mystery w/ dead-pan humor. Good guy read. One minor quibble: too much "He said", "She said", rather than mixing in more descriptive verbs "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/16/2011

    " Just finished Painted Ladies, the last book of the Spenser series, written last year just before the death of author Robert B. Parker. I'm going to miss Spenser... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/8/2011

    " Parker's writing about Spenser became mechanical in his last years, with lots of repetitious dialogue about how great he & Susan & their relationship are. A disappointment. "

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

    "
    What am i going to do without my Spenser? "

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

    " Robert B. Parker may not have been a "high end" writer, but his stylistic staccato dialogue and dry humour are always a readable combination.

    Plot doesn't matter so much as what Spenser does to preserve his own sense of honour and how he gets there. Good rainy day fast 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

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.