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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (June 1 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440111323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440111320
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Wallace and Hawk, feminist and leg-breaker, connect for some exquisite, touching banter. Though that's not the main theme, it's one of my favorite feathers in the nest of A CATSKILL EAGLE, # 12 in the Spenser series.

CATSKILL's plot and delivery changed style considerably from previous novels in the Spenser series, giving the appearance that the classic detective novel's solitary-private-eye may have walked off lonely street. Here he sang heated duets of a different kind of wounded blues (slowly being healed). Spenser and Hawk were a team throughout this plot. They committed and sacrificed nearly everything, to rescue Susan, both body and soul. Paradoxical hints were given that she couldn't, yet might rescue herself, which brought up the issue again of Robert Frost's "need and love being one." The full quote from Frost's poetry was used in MORTAL STAKES, # 3 Spenser, and repeated here within a fascinating, key exchange between Spenser and Susan's psychiatrist.

We had the FBI and CIA entering into this plot, requiring their piece of the purge-of-society-pie, in return for rescuing Hawk and Spenser from legal consequences of ethically chaotic acts collecting the highest of criminal charges, in the name of saving Susan.

The GYRE was still churning. The storm swirled stronger, hotter, and faster. Of course, due to all the above, this novel pushed a more rapid, forceful read than previous Spenser offerings. What a contrast this was to the pilot, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, both great novels, and as age-stretching different as the 70's were from the 80's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott McCrea on April 27 2002
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This is Robert B. Parker's best Spenser novel and best novel to date. Besides updating the hardboiled/film-noir/detective novel genre for the new age, it has always been clear to me that Parker, an English Professor who has taught at Tufts and Harvard, is also exploring the concepts of the Hero and the Heroic in our decidely un-heroic, if not anti-heroic, age. He does so masterfully here.
The book soars on many levels. Lovers of literature will not be disappointed with many obscure allusions--not the least of which being the title of the book. Action fans will find plenty of violence. Lovers of pithy prose and repartee will also not be disappointed.
Parker accomplishes the almost impossible: an exciting novel that manages to be literature at the same time. No mean feat, but he's been doing in for 30 years. If some of the later novels fall somewhat flat, e.g. Small Vices, Hush Money, Pale Kings and Princes, this book repays endless rereadings. And, since discovering it in 1987, I've read it at least a dozen times. It repays each new reading. Truly a book for a life time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Fama on May 2 2000
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I'm in the process of reading all of the Spenser novels, and so far this is the most unusual. Unlike other Parker novels, which feature somewhat realistic settings and situations, Catskill is wildly unbelievable -- more like a Bond movie than anything else. Spenser and Hawk actually start a small war in weapons installation!
A welcome change in this book is the fairly limited appearance of the hateful Susan Silverman; whose actions in this book make you wonder why Spenser doesn't end their relationship -permenantly.
Generally speaking, Parker's greatest weakness as an author is his writing of women. Both Rachael Wallace and Silverman's dialogue is more like Mr. Spock than any female I've ever met. Fortunately we are spared the inevitable three page chapters in which Susan expounds on Spenser's motivations or some other character's. But Parker knows this isn't his strength, because I've been skipping those chapters lately, and it doesn't hurt the story at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Slater on March 11 2000
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Having read all of Parker's Spenser novels -- and all but the first are very good or better -- this one is the best. It integrates all the familiar Spenser characters from earlier novels, even Rachel Wallace, sheds further light on the relationship with Hawk, and, most especially, on that with Susan Silverman, which is the subject of the esoteric title. It shows Spencer sensitive and suffering over the woman he loves, seems satisfying psychologically to me, although I'm not sure Susan would act quite as she did. But that's a quibble. This is Parker at his best, Spenser at his height, and a good, rip-roaring, cross-country adventure story to boot. I like God Save the Child and Mortal Stakes and Early Autumn and Small Vices very much. But if I had to take one Spenser book with me on a long, boring journey, this would be it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 5 1999
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Bad, bad, bad. Spenser goes pretentious and boring. After an interesting beginning, things (and the length of the book) spin out of control, as Spenser finds Susan again and makes up. Ever since, they've been gag-reflex inducing lovebirds... Still, the worst part of this book is the finale. Spenser becomes Bond, invades an underground base (all the while soul-searching himself endlessly), wraps things up before you know it and very unspectacularly, and goes out again. Pointless and ridiculous - and totally at odds with the attempts at greater profundity. Things were never the same after this... unfortunately.
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