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Double Deuce [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert B. Parker
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April 15 2002 Spenser (Book 19)
Hawk wants Spenser to wage war on a street gang. Susan wants Spenser to move in with her. Either way, Spenser's out of his element. So why not risk both?

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From Publishers Weekly

In Parker's ( Pastime ) 23rd Spenser novel, our hero finds himself, at the behest of his pal Hawk, defending the residents of a gang-terrorized Boston housing project known as Double Deuce. The drive-by shooting of a teenage mother and her child brings the duo into a confrontation with gangleader Major Johnson and his posse. At the same time, Spenser's longtime relationship with psychologist Susan is escalating, and the two agree to live together. The contrast between Spenser's cozy domestic situation (and a new relationship for the enigmatic Hawk, who reveals some of his background) and the poverty and violence of the urban projects reinforces the authenticity of this series, and its quirky appeal. The plot is nothing new--it might be described as Spenser meets New Jack City --but Deuce 's snappy dialogue, timely, fast-paced action and quick characterizations make it classic Spenser. Mystery Guild main selection; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild alternate selection; condensation rights to Time-Life Books; audio rights to Dove Audio.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The still-popular Spenser ( Playmates , LJ 4/1/89) helps sidekick Hawk solve the seemingly random murders of a teenaged mother and baby in a violent housing project.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive look at ghetto gangs Jan. 30 2003
Parker has succeeded in writing crime thrillers that are entertaining and fast reads and yet give you issues to think about. "Double Deuce" is no exception, and this time, the issues are racial relations and gang psychology.
This novel has a more intense than usual opening for Spenser, because we get to sorta know the young girl and her baby daughter just before they're killed, and to have a feeling of the life they were leading.
From there, as other reviews have pointed out, Hawk is the principal character this time, though Spenser does provide him with valuable information just before the climax. And hey, Hawk is involved in a relationship too, as if trying to clear a housing project in the ghetto of a gang isn't enough.
The romantic side plot this time takes up the question as to whether Spenser & Susan should be living together or not.
Especially good here is the portrayal of the attitude of the project residents and the activist preacher helping them towards Spencer. Also good is the portrayal of the grudging mutual respect between Hawk and the gang leader. On top of that, we're given an idea of how Hawk, in his own way, rose above his childhood beginnings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mystery Novel Oct. 9 2002
By Gina C.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fourteen-year old girl, named Devona, and her three-month old daughter, Crystal, were shot and murdered in a drive-by shooting outside of a project housing called "Double Deuce". Police Detective Hawk asked Police Detective Spenser to help him investigate. While it is obvious that the murders were gang-related, it is the jobs of Hawk and Spenser to drive out the gang, The Hobarts, out of Double Deuce. Throughout their steakout, they are sometimes accompanied by a news reporter named Jackie, whose relationship with Hawk is a bit unclear. As for Spenser's love life, he struggles with his now live-in girlfriend, Susan. Through it all, Hawk and Spenser learn more about themselves than expected.
I enjoyed this book because there was so much real dialogue. The things that were said by Hawk,Spenser, and the gang members is much like the slang that is used in the real world. I also enjoyed it because the author showed a great contrast between the lives of those living in Double Deuce, and the life of Spenser. Robert Parker showed how Spenser went from staying in the ghetto during the day, to living a very comfortable life at home with his girlfriend, Susan, and their dog, Pearl. The chapters were short and to the point. It made me interested in what was going to happen in the chapters ahead. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery novel. Though it does not keep you guessing, it does keep you wanting to learn more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hawk Takes the Lead July 21 2002
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This Spenser episode features a despairingly growing problem of gang violence in the big city ghettoes. The book opens with the shooting murder of a 14-year-old girl and her baby daughter, the victims of a drive-by attack. From this incident the local black community have said enough's enough and asks Hawk for help and, in turn, Hawk asks Spenser to join him.
Their mission is to drive the local gang from the project they have been terrorising. This project is known to the locals as Double Deuce. To achieve their goal, Hawk and Spenser devise one of their brilliant plans which is rather reminiscent of poking an ant nest with a stick to see what happens.
I thought this was a case of a great opportunity that just wasn't fulfilled to it's potential. We got to know Hawk a lot better in this book due to the much larger role he plays in the job, and this was a terrific treat. Unfortunately, a good proportion of the book degenerates into a posturing standoff between Hawk and the gang leader as they tried to prove who was the tougher man.
That being said, any Spenser book is an enjoyable read thanks to the snappy dialogue delivered with a wry sense of humour. The banter between Spenser and Hawk is always one of the highlights of a Spenser story. Once again, I enjoyed the comfort of disappearing into Spenser's world, even if I was a little let down by a few aspects.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Double deuce or Double Jeopardy of your Patience? June 10 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could only read countless smart talks between the dialogues of the characters who tried effortlessly to outsmart one another like comedians. This might totally changed your conceptive understanding what a thriller should be, and making you wonder if there should be no distinguished difference between a thriller and a jokes collection book? Or, is there any difference between a writer and comedian? As usual, this one was jammed with too much overkilled smart talks which had become so unrealistic in a P.I. novel. This was another cheapshot and easymoney-making run by a loose-cannoned,impulsive smart talk LIP SERVICE writer! With idiotic characters, over simplified plot, several gun shots, couple whalings of police sirens, and most of all, smart talks pages after pages, like a hollowed, pointless, slow paced comic show. Making yourself wonder why you picked up this book, but why you became so disoriented like last time and could not care less of the ending and failed to finish the last chapter again
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting social commentary Oct. 6 2000
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Double Deuce is primarily named after the low-income housing project at which some of the action in the story takes place. But it also describes the plot structure of the book. Two plots, each involving pairs. On one side, a double homicide. On the other, a contrast of two relationships. Both of these plots are rich in social commentary, clearly the focus of this book.
Content in works of the Spenser genre can be largely partitioned into mystery and suspense. The former is uncertainty over what happened, while the latter is uncertainty over what will happen. Double Deuce, however, is rather lacking in both. As in Playmates, a book which precedes this one by several years, Parker uses the work to take a look at issues of the black community. Double Deuce is the more successful of the two. Parker's views on the subject are certainly worth the reading, even if it isn't a classic of social commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by richard fornwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Casting Pearls Before Swine to find a Pearl in the Oyster. Reverse...
As a calculated contrast to life in the gang-infested DOUBLE DEUCE housing complex, scenes of daily doings in Susan's home provided prime parlay between Spenser and his lady,... Read more
Published on April 27 2007 by Linda G. Shelnutt
4.0 out of 5 stars I honestly don't know what the other reviewers want
Parker likes to change up the Spenser series. He gets stuck in a formula just chugging along in Boston, and likes to mix it up every few novels. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by Daniel Byrd
2.0 out of 5 stars Parker rolls snake eyes
Appropriate to the title, Duece is only a 2 star effort. The story focuses on Hawk, in a battle against gang bangers on Hobart street. Read more
Published on March 4 2002 by Paul Skinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great focus on Hawk
This was the first Spenser novel I ever purchased. Since I've always been a fan of Hawk's from the old "Spenser: For Hire" TV show, I was rather pleased to see that he'd... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2001 by Jeff Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
A wonderful read. This book offers up both a compelling mystery story and a fascinating bit of social commentary. Read more
Published on June 26 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Spenser in the Hood
This is a great Spenser book, though liberal leanings towards gang members are a little hard to swallow! Read more
Published on May 12 2000 by Christopher Fama
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Spenser Yet!!!
I love all the Spenser books but this one is my favorite! It'sprobably because Hawk is my favorite character but remains somysterious. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece in the Spenser collection
Mr. parker has created another worthwhile read for all of us Spenser fans. Not many writers have the kind of talent to do what Parker does no matter the genre. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1998
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