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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (32 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: 9780307705136
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Spenser is back. The fourth novel featuring the wisecracking boxer-turned private-detective finds him investigating a marriage in turmoil, a shady business deal, a nefarious loan shark and, of course, a murder. The real charm of the book, however, is Spenser himself, his inimitable wit, his keen grasp of human nature, his love of food and good beer, and his reluctant but capable fists. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Rogers | 2/7/2014

    " On rereading, the fourth Spenser book proved to be what I remembered: a strong addition to the p.i. shelf. Spenser had a tougher edge then. Hawk was still a wary opponent,not a sidekick. Susan, newly arrived, was still engaged in figuring out who Spenser was, not in being an irritating voice for his softer side. (Her attempt to figure out the differences and similarities between Spenser and Hawk were still fresh, and meaningful.) Spenser's social observations were more biting. And the sense of an edge to everything was stronger. The books lost that edge some time after "A Catskill Eage,' though there were occasional echoes ("Small Vices, say). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gizzard | 2/6/2014

    " Earlier Spencer book, was at the lower end of his books. Not all that interesting or entertaining. "

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

    " I first read this Spenser novel about eight years after it first appeared, when the SDS, the Black Panthers, and Patty Hearst were memories, but only recent ones. At that time, author Parker's tale of loan sharks and self-taught women revolutionaries seemed like fiction snatched from the headlines. Revisiting it in 2010, I see the book's limitations: its stereotypes, its overlong conversations about morality and motives and emotion. But I also see how well it was constructed, and how Parker was gradually building up personalities for characters who were all but ciphers in the three earlier books. Promised Land marks the debut of the sinister anti-Spenser figure Hawk. The producers of the Spenser for Hire TV series that ran for several years in the 1980s used it as the basis for the show's pilot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/20/2014

    " Best one so far! A guilty summer pleasure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 1/6/2014

    " The best yet. I would have given this a 5 star rating but the ending disappointed a little. I think Spenser is a great character but I am curious to see more of Hawk now that we've met him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 1/5/2014

    " Spenser fell in love?? Short novel with a lame plot, missing wife, husband in trouble; Oh, I almost forgot the women movement thing.... Hopefully the next one is better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 1/3/2014

    " This book is more an investigation of marriage and relationships than a real mystery, which is what I'd hoped for, so I wasn't too keen on it. I do like the psychological nuances he inserts and his suggestion that a character see a social worker rather than a psychiatrist for therapy--yay for our side! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Beck | 12/26/2013

    " Very good, the interaction between Spenser and Hawk is great. The descriptions of clothing is hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 10/10/2013

    " These early Spensers were much better than the later ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marylu Sanok | 9/19/2013

    " Better than the previous book and introduced the character of Hawk. A very interesting character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 9/18/2013

    " I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Streetman | 7/24/2013

    " In this one spencer gets two groups of bad guys to take out each other. The shylock in it is making 3% a week, I think he might work for Visa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rma | 7/21/2013

    " Very good Spencer novel. The ending is better than some of Parker's later Spencer novels. A good, pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 7/17/2013

    " Pretty good book...ending was not what I expected...in a good way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. D. | 2/1/2013

    " Another good story in the Spenser series. I say good because it sort of dragged a bit (at least for me) in the middle but still a good read. And it introduced a staple in the rest of the series: Hawk, Spenser's dangerous but just as honorable friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/2/2012

    " typical fast read & enjoyable Spenser book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Maenza | 8/16/2012

    " Visit my blog for my full review: Martin's View: Promised Land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Curtis | 6/15/2012

    " Another Spenser classic. Parker enfuses his story with wit, depth, and emotional resonance. Good stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 12/25/2011

    " This book has the introduction of Hawk, the solidifying of Spenser and Susan's relationship and Spenser gets kicked in the nuts. Great book. "

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

    " Early Spencer. Earlier Hawk. Very Seventies. Fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 4/29/2011

    " I'm torn on this one. Enjoyed the characters but the armed revolutionary feminists made me roll my eyes. A little too much dated politics and 70s-style psyche/self-help to hold my attention like the others in this series but hey, the book was written in 1976 and it is what it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/26/2011

    " Hawk shows up--helping the opposition. Susan's a bit of a pain. Lots of women's lib and mini skirts (except for Susan)and leisure suits (Spenser an exception). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rma | 2/28/2011

    " Very good Spencer novel. The ending is better than some of Parker's later Spencer novels. A good, pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 2/16/2011

    " These early Spensers were much better than the later ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/1/2011

    " I liked it. It moved quickly and had a satisfying finish without straining my suspension of disbelief. I think it's held up well to the passage of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mac | 12/29/2010

    " More in the vein of "Red Harvest" than any Marlowe-type mystery, where Spenser plays both sides of the street nicely. Probably a bit too 70's for me, though - I can only handle so much hand-wringing about the way society is changing, or the leisure suits that Hawk wears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 12/3/2010

    " Really liked this one, a little more introspective for Spenser. Maybe he is finally growing up. "

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

    " Pretty good book...ending was not what I expected...in a good way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 9/30/2010

    " typical fast read & enjoyable Spenser book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 9/17/2010

    " Liked it. These are light, fun books that last little more than one day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 8/29/2010

    " Spenser fell in love?? Short novel with a lame plot, missing wife, husband in trouble; Oh, I almost forgot the women movement thing.... Hopefully the next one is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/16/2010

    " What I learned from reading this book is that I love Parker's Spenser novels, even when the plot involves deranged feminists who rob a bank to get money to fund an armed uprising (foiled by Spenser of course). "

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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.