A Catskill Eagle Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1986
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This was just great. A longtime fave. Very action packed and a different feel than usual. If you want to see Spenser mad Hawk at their most brutal this is where it happens.Published on Dec 1 2013 by Matt
This path in the Spenser series was silly. I really like the character and the books, but Susan was changed into a foolish idiot who is selfish and not at all like she was. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2012 by DDC
I was happy with my order, everything was fine. I am however still waiting for a much earlier order please advise ship daye thanksPublished on Nov. 24 2011 by Lynne M. Lasko
I've only read a few Spenser novels and until now I've enjoyed them. Spenser's love for Susan is painful...painful for the readers, that is. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2011 by subrosa
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I just finished Robert B. Parker's "A Catskill Eagle" for the fifth time in as many years. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Patrick Burnett
A fictionalized, but chillingly realistic depiction of the men and machines who nearly brought the world to extinction during the height of the Cold War. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Dave Deubler
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In this day and age we have more to fear from a biological holocaust than nuclear destruction (though it is still there), but Fail-Safe helps to bring back the terror of the Cold... Read morePublished on March 22 2003 by email@example.com