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Early Autumn (Spenser) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker is the author of more than fifty books. He lives in Boston.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1117 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440122147
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (Nov. 11 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W3BU02
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spenser Reviews: The Kid's Got It Oct. 5 2003
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In Early Autumn, Spenser finally emerges from the shadow of the traditional hard-boiled detective to become the full-rounded, complex character that will evolve tremendous over the next set of books in this series, arguable the best of the lot.
At the surface level, the story seems like Parker's attempt to remake the regrettable "God Bless the Child," which was a truly terrible story with an unfortunate resolution. It's the same basic story: screwed up kid is screwed up even worse by awful parents. But in this case, Spenser realizes the kid, Paul Giacomin, doesn't deserve to be reunited with his folks. Thus begins a rather Odyssean saga wherein Spenser begins to make a man of the boy. The story clearly is set in its time (early 80's), where no one thought anything of an adult taking an unrelated boy into a cabin in Maine. Such a story could not be written today without incurring the wrath of a thousand social service agents.
"Early Autumn" adds a much-needed layer of emotional depth to the formerly go-go Spenser, setting the stage for the excellent "wounded Spenser" novels that will soon follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We've Reached the Spenser we Know and Love July 11 2003
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Spenser gets involved with a child custody case between Patty and Mel Giacomin. Paul is the 15-year-old kid, and his parents are using him in an adolescent tug-of-war game. Neither really cares much about Paul, and Paul has retreated into apathetic shrugs. When Spenser brings Paul back from Mel's, Patty doesn't really care and makes Spenser babysit Paul for the night because she's "busy". Off goes Spenser to read "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman.
Spenser feels sorry for Paul and ends up a live-in bodyguard and fends off Buddy and another guy - at which point Paul starts to show some interest in life. Spenser tries to be a good role model for Paul. Becoming in essence a permanent babysitter while Patty "hides", Spenser teaches Paul how to build a cabin in Maine. Paul has a simple-fix-the-kid plan which involves teaching Paul to run, box and dress nicely and that suddenly the kid will gain control. Sure enough, it works, even though in real life the chance of success would have been nil. That's a pretty soap-opera solution to the difficult problems of adolescence.
Spenser and Susan comment that "It's early autumn for Paul" - that he has to grow up quickly to escape from his difficult parents. Spenser pretty much explains his entire philosophy of life and means of living to both Paul and to the reading audience. He has numerous literary quotes.
Hawk refuses a hit commission on Spenser for only 5K. Spenser and Susan, the "surrogate perfect parents", take Paul on trips to New York and Boston, and in the end Spenser blackmails Paul's parents so Paul can fulfill his secret dream to go off to Ballet school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spenser, and Parker, at their finest. Feb. 12 2002
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Robert B. Parker, Early Autumn (Dell, 1981)

It may still be a little too early in the game to call the Spenser novels some of the great twentieth-century detective fiction. There cannot, however, be any doubt as to the continuing popularity of, and loyalty to, the line of novels written by Robert Parker about the combination renaissance man/gumshoe. Over the twenty-odd years since The Godwulf Manuscript hit the shelves, Spenser fans have accumulated like mosquitoes in a light fixture. We've watched the characters, consistent over the space of more than twenty novels, grow and change, not just reflecting the spirit of the times (go back and read about some of the godawful getups Spenser dressed in in the mid-seventies, and you can easily imagine Spenser himself looking back and saying, "what WAS I thinking?") but reflecting real changes in the characters themselves. Robert Parker has
achieved something remarkable; he has given us a quarter century in the lives of a select few people in real-time (for the most part) without the storyline ever degenerating into soap opera.

Like all types of evolution/natural selection, though, it doesn't all go at a steady stream. Sometimes the changes in characters come in short, uneven spurts. Early Autumn is one of those, and while I can't swear to it, I suspect that this book has probably garnered more fans for the venerable franchise than any other. If there is a definitive Spenser novel, it is Early Autumn.

Spenser is hired by beautiful divorced socialite Patty Giacomin to recover her son Paul, who's been kidnapped by her ex-husband. Spenser finds the job remarkably easy, at least until the ex-husband sends muscle to try and get the kid back again a few months later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Early Autumn" - best Spenser April 18 2000
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Most 'serious' reviewers of Robert Parker's Spenser books will argue that "A Catskill Eagle" is the best of the series. I won't disagree that it's very, very good, but I think Spenser (and by extension, Parker) is at his best in "Early Autumn".
Primarily, through the books, Spenser has deep relationships only with Susan, and to a lesser extent, Hawk. We really don't know much about him beyond the front he puts up for his clients and his opponents. "Autumn" is the exception to that; we see him treat Paul in much the same way he must have been treated as a child and the same way he would have treated a child of his own, if he'd had one -- with respect and decency. He drags the 'real' Paul out of the shell Paul had constructed to protect himself from his parents and the world and provides him with a sense of worth, teaching him, as Spenser says himself, "what [he] knows" -- boxing, running, carpentering and standing up for something.
The end of the book always gets me. I've always been glad, too, that Paul makes further appearances in other books: Widening Gyre and Playmates, among others. It's interesting to see the relationship between Spenser and Paul grow and develop. It deepens Spenser as a character and gives us one more reason to like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marple's Binoculars slip, bounce through briars and bristles. Parker...
Spenser's sauntering, subtle swagger spoke volumes: "I'm restless and bored. What worthy chatter can I get into. Read more
Published on April 28 2007 by Linda G. Shelnutt
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO SHORT, TOO SHORT!
Great but too short. Should of been deeper. Covers a subject matter that hit home for me.
Parental neglect, of the type where the parents, who's rotten relationship is so all... Read more
Published on March 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series
I just finished re-reading this's great...everything that makes a Spenser mystery great is in here to the max... Read more
Published on March 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series
I just finished re-reading this's great...everything that makes a Spenser mystery great is in here to the max... Read more
Published on March 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Do the Right Thing
A would-be elegant lady hires wise-cracking private detective Spencer to find her 15-year old son Paul and bring him back. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2001 by A. Wolverton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
This is probably my favorite Spencer, and favorite Parker. It goes the farthest in explaining what Spencer's moral code is and what it means to live life by a code. Read more
Published on July 12 2001 by Shawn Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of Parker's Best
I am a big fan of Parker's writing and of the Spenser books in particular, so I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite of his, but Early Autumn would certainly be right up there. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2001 by Alex Kalb
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book and I'm not even finished reading it yet!
This is my first Spenser novel and my first Robert B. Parker novel. Parker's writing style is sparse, quick and fun. It's an easy read and so far, thoroughly enjoyable. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few Spenser books I remember vividly
I think this is Parker's best Spenser book since the characters seemsed to be more alive and more commpassoniate in this book. A definate must read!
Published on Sept. 15 1999 by M. Bruce
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