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A Savage Place (Spenser) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"The best new private eye in fiction since  Raymond Chandler." -- Dan  Wakefield

"As tough as they come and spiked with a  touch of real class." -- Kirkus  Reviews

"Tough,  wisecracking, unafraid, lonely, unexpectedly literate--an  many respects the very examplar of the species."  -- The New York Times  

"Spenser gives the tribe of hard-boiled  wonders a new vitality and complexity."  -- Chicago Sun-Times

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TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering.

Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career. But her star witness has just bowed out with three bullets in his chest, two tough guys have doubled up to test Spenser's skill with his fists, and Candy is about to use her own sweet body as live bait in a deadly romantic game--a game that may cost Spenser his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440180953
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (Sept. 16 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00309SCPS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Who could wash clean in a savage place. Who decided Spenser was too perfect. Parker? A reader? An editor? Who would have the John Galt clarity to dictate Spenser's path through literary annals and genre pitfalls. Galt would have the clarity but, by character, couldn't dictate.

Whatever the concept or motivation, the result was another good story; I can go with perfect or imperfect. This one was a soul wash, and left me pensive long past the last lines.

Paul Giacomin's EARLY AUTUMN (# 7 in series) had blown away with crisp golden leaves. He wass off-stage developing his dance; the Shrug had Shuffled. New York was yesterday; today it was L. A., in THE SAVAGE PLACE, # 8 in series. Spenser's views of cultural geographics were, of course, always a gas. A kick. A fun farce of the first fizz water. Until the heavy rain drained the fizz, the fuzz did the dilemma, and Spenser flew. Yeah, there was symbolism in that, which came quietly when the read was done.

Candy Sloan was a good name for a California blond "bimbo" who slid out of the stereotype by not being broke in the brawny brains bailiwick. Would she escape her feminine fate? Since Spenser was again playing the bodyguard, this time to a News Anchor, SAVAGE gave an interesting contrast to LOOKING FOR RACHEL WALLACE (# 6 in series), especially since Rachel referred Spenser to the case (giving a small, scrumptious sample of their past repartee ripping along phone lines). How many different angles can the X Chromosome carry? Only Spenser knows? His Shadow is still sleuthing.

The relationship between Candy and Spenser developed with sensual starts, spurts, and a few "slim pickings," providing contrasts to his so far female connections, and expanding the underpinnings of his soul-mate code.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites in the series... May 26 2003
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Are you tired of the typical formula novel or tv series? Parker isn't afraid to give Spenser, and his readers, a kick in the gut with this plot twist. As Spenser visits L.A. (a savage place) and experiences its cold indifference, he finds his own savage side. Spenser is such a poised but quick P.I. We see his (rarely shown) visceral reaction to brutality. Candy Sloan, his reporter/client, is a woman making her path (any way that she can) in a man's world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of a disappointing series Nov. 4 2001
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Perhaps no other writer has had so pernicious an influence on modern detective fiction as Robert B. Parker. Paradoxically, having immersed himself in the writings of the genre while he was an academic, Parker proceeded to violate the conventions which made it great when he became an author. Now, I'm not saying that a writer has to slavishly follow the conventions of the genre, but if he's going to violate them, it should be for reasons that add something to his text. I believe that Parker, and his successors, have instead produced inferior work.
The most important convention of the genre that Parker has tampered with is, "the hero as loner". Bad enough that Spenser has his ongoing relationship with the profoundly annoying Susan Silverman (supposedly their relationship is modeled on Parker's with his own wife; God help him), he also has a virtual child in Paul and his relationships with Hawk, Belsen, Quirk, etc. are so close, that people who hire Spenser, essentially get a whole team.
One result is that Spenser ends up maintaining an emotional distance from his cases, at a couple points he has even told clients that he would protect Susan before them. Compare this with the quintessential private eye series, Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer novels. Archer was continually getting over involved with clients, their wives & children, as each case became the emotional focus of his otherwise empty life. This emotional vulnerability is a key element of the best novels of the genre.
Likewise, Parker has eliminated the physical and legal risks that the hero faces. Spenser's friends are all so powerful that there's never a sense that Spenser is vulnerable. Of course, we know that he won't ever lose a fist fight or be beaten up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck Dec 20 2000
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This one is necessary reading for die-hard Spenser fans like myself, but it's almost like taking bitter medicine. Candy Sloan is the most repulsive Parker female yet, a stereotype of a 'spunky girl reporter' who gets what she wants by batting her eyes and unzipping her pants. Yet for some reason Spenser finds her irresistable, and for many books to come he will agonize over her death. If only the reader could be convinced that this turn of events was a deliberate attempt to humble Spenser the Superhero.... But I think it wasn't. I think Parker actually liked Candy, dim, short-sighted and manipulative as she was, and expected the reader to like her too. Yuck!
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