I came to Robert Parker and Spenser late. In fact, when I read the back cover of this book and learned he had died last year I felt more than a twinge. He is a contemporary writer and will continue to be current many years from now.
God Save the Child was published in 1974. The descriptions of the clothing the characters wear are so photographic I was transported back to a time when I thought fashion had finally reached its highest peak. Revisiting the styles as captured on these pages was a shock and a giggle. We were ridiculous a good deal of the time in our pretensions, language, hair styles, drink and certainly in our clothes.
Even Susan Silverman, who always is perfection in these books, buzzes in for a romantic dinner wearing a yellow top, black slacks, black and yellow platform shoes and black and yellow pendant earrings. Spencer is wearing a black sweater, black shoes and white slacks. And they all drink like fish. Several vodka gimlets, a couple of bottles of wine and a brandy nightcap are polished off with a porc tenderloin au croute. And this is on a weeknight.
And yet the characters are fresh, the story is relevant to any age, and the humour is as crisp and delightful today as it must have been forty years ago. I have read several of the later books and this one holds its own with the rest. I am really sad to now know we have seen the last of Spencer. Fortunately this book is just the beginning of a long lifetime of good stories.