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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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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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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, resulting in poignant posing in the DD bailiwick broken up by hearty humor in the SS Titanic. What a cartoon-funny difference (no black-tongued-grins from "THE WAR OF THE ROSES" there) Parker painted between Susan's fronted femaleness and Spenser's gangling guy-ness. As Parker obviously planned, the light-hearted clashes in SS roommate rambles became an "Accidental Family" foil to the heartbreaking reality-overwhelm of the gang members' no-relief lifestyle boring holes of terror into their "straight" neighbors.

In DOUBLE DEUCE Parker created another classic "pair" of new female characters, providing them with reverse personalities and reverse first letters in their names:

"E. M." was for Erin Macklin who drank her whiskey easy as she held the glass with both hands (contemplate why Parker repeated more than thrice how Macklin held her amber-filled glass, with the caring gesture of duel palms).

"M. E." was for Marge Eagen, who pumped and primped her preen until Spenser crimped her lack of style. (For an opposite styled Marge character, a genuine, real-life article of bull dog class, see the Amazon Short, "Coal & Coca-Cola."

As a Parker fan would anticipate, the scenes in which these two women seared the social brine with Spenser were intriguing, engrossing, and effortlessly entertaining.

Hawk was featured in his best ebony sheen in DOUBLE DEUCE, as his image, which had preceded him into gangland territory, was developed through interactions with the gang members, all of which were fascinating, and felt to be on target with the tang and sizzle of those subcultures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I honestly don't know what the other reviewers want March 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. He writes a basic Spenser novel, and they complain hes just going through the motions. If he writes something different they complain he should stick to what he writes best. Give me a break!
Here's why you should read Double Deuce. The classic stand off. Yes, we get to learn alot more about Hawk, but not too much as to deflate the mystery about the caracter. But the boasting that goes on between Hawk and the Gangs is interesting.
There isnt alot of mystery in this one, some of the Spenser novels arent so much a who-done-it but more of a how-will-you-resolve-it kind of book. I've read this book many times, there are better in the series, but if your reading them in order, don't skip this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive look at ghetto gangs Jan. 30 2003
Format:Hardcover
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
This Spenser episode features a despairingly growing problem of gang violence in the big city ghettoes. Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by Untouchable
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
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting social commentary
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2000 by Daniel J. Connelly
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
5.0 out of 5 stars HAWK IS HUMAN. THE THINKING MAN'S DETECTIVE
this book allows the Hawk persona to be explored and developed and gives some insight into the charm(? Read more
Published on Nov. 4 1997
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