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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,252 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 2009 ISBN: 9780739343906
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A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower- and now he's blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower "cease and desist," so to speak, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment goes from blackmail to murder.

As matters become more complicated, Spenser's longtime love, Susan, begins offering some input by analyzing Eisenhower's behavior patterns in hopes of opening up a new avenue of investigation. It seems that not all of Gary's women are rich. So if he's not using them for blackmail, then what is his purpose? Spenser switches tactics to focus on the husbands, only to find that innocence and guilt may be two sides of the same coin. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " All of Robert Parker's novels, whether about Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, or a western, are so enjoyable. If you need a quick shot of mystery and intrigue he is the writer to whom you can turn with confidence. His characters are so well written that they feel like old friends. That may be cliched, but it is true. With literary references sprinkled about, ala Ruth Rendell minus the pretention, a reader can even enjoy a bit of smugness when the allusions are recognized. I think I have read them all...I certainly mean to do so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 1/30/2014

    " This more recent Parker novel is a favorite so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/28/2014

    " I love me some Spenser novels. Parker is a master at dialog and banter, especially between Spenser and Susan, his lady love. I believe this was Parker's last novel before his death. I miss him already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stansherman | 1/26/2014

    " Great... One day read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/24/2014

    " One dimensional characters, plot points taken from "Of Mice and Men". Still, I love a quick Spenser book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 1/23/2014

    " I read these books mostly for the dialogue between Spenser and Hawk. There wasn't a lot in this book. I don't ever expect these books to be better than ok so I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/21/2014

    " A nice quick audio book for a road trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie McCreary | 1/21/2014

    " The second to last Spenser book is a quick read and typical Spenser, but a bit thin. I finished it in two hours, which is fast even for me. I hope the next, and last Spenser book before Parker died, is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pj | 1/17/2014

    " Another great Spenser novel. What can I say - Robert B Parker is one of my all time favorite authors! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " Have to agree with Skip on this one. Inane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/5/2014

    " Might be his best book. "

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

    " Another pleasant escapist novel of the read and discard variety. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/25/2013

    " A very good read from Robert Parker, as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/12/2013

    " Well written as usual, I wish Parker was still with us. His language and phrasing is always good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/12/2013

    " I'll always love Spenser, Hawk, Susan, and the crew, but this plot was a tad lame and didn't hold together very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 6/13/2013

    " I enjoy reading Parker. Good little plot, but not one would remember for long. Great for a relaxing easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 6/7/2013

    " It was different kind of ending than I thought it would be, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wintercherry | 3/10/2013

    " i love Spenser, i love some more than others. Whilst this wasn't as fab as some are, it still took me to my happy reading place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 1/20/2013

    " Spencer and Hawke, remain consistent in their style crime fighting. Parker shall be missed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/6/2012

    " good. always like my Spencer fix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/26/2012

    " Fast action "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anil Jaiswal | 8/1/2012

    " An easy read, not too complex plot, but maintains continuity, liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 7/15/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 6/29/2012

    " Spenser is assisted by his longtime love, Susan, to untangle the love affairs of wives of very weatlhy men with a blackmailer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shoehn | 1/23/2012

    " These books are like old friends, you know the characters, and care about them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 10/17/2011

    " Predictable for the most part. Fast easy read if your looking for a "Reading for Stupid" type of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patt | 9/7/2011

    " Not a good book in an otherwise stellar series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 5/24/2011

    " The voice just sounds different to me. It was O.K. but..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoyed this YA novel about the young Spencer and how he came to be. I read the first book in the Spencer series some months ago and was wondering if I could actually read more books that were so old, but this one made me eager to give it a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 3/25/2011

    " While parts of the book repeat information that true Spenser fans already know, the books is a great addition to the Spenser lore. It's a little like hearing a familiar story that is repeated at family gatherings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/6/2011

    " this book was not quite up to par with the rest of Parker's books. I still enjoyed it, but it did ramble just a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Du | 2/20/2011

    " Good, but definitely late Spenser. It wouldn't have been the end of the world to miss this one. On the upside it took just over 2 hours to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/23/2011

    " Spenser’s formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West
    i read it aqnd didn't write notes.
    short and charming little spenser.
    go for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/20/2011

    " As a friend opined, "This is the 'secret origin' of Spenser you've kept us waiting for?" Oh please... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/16/2011

    " Would that every boy have parents like Spenser has in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yankey | 1/13/2011

    " So long Mr. Robert B. Parker. It was great fun joining younger versions of our beloved Spenser as he developed those unique characteristics. we will sadly miss reading this series develop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 6/22/2010

    " Spenser relates some of the incidents in his life that formed his code of ethics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.R. | 6/21/2010

    " I enjoyed this little book. Definitely Spenser light. It is also the first book I've read from Parker since his death. I heard he had passed away on his keyboard. Not sure where I read that, but that is definitely how I want to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/14/2010

    " A brief look at Spenser's early years, as told to Susan, his current love interest. In the book, Spenser saves a girl (but not a girl friend) from an abusive father, a Hispanic boy from bigoted classmates, and learns life lessons from his father and uncles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/12/2010

    " As the title says, this YA novel deals with the young Spenser. Find out what made him. Quick read, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 4/6/2010

    " Good story. I've read a Spenser book before and thought it was just OK, but this one tells about him as a boy and was quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 3/24/2010

    " In comparison to Parker's "The Boxer and the Spy",this young adult novel is hands down a better read. Tying in Spenser's current relationship with Susan and his past as a young boy, you can see the foundational develop of his character leading to the man he is today. Nicely done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 3/17/2010

    " A little disjointed but still pretty great. Spenser's father and uncles are well drawn and do a fine job of showing how Spenser became Spenser without any George Lucas like suckyness. "

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