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God Save the Child (Spenser) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.  It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists. But when push comes to shove, when a boy's life is on the line, Spenser can speak that language too.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1128 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERS68Q6
  • Publisher: Dell (July 6 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4BVW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Follow any mention of the guinea pig in GOD SAVE THE CHILD. It's like a clue-magnet for unraveling character, plot, and purpose (or motives, however you want to call it).

Parker opens ths second Spenser novel with the P.I. droning in liquid narration, turning fool's gold into the functional lead of realism. Spenser artfully exposes his disgust for the husband/wife clients in his office. His descriptions of the outfits and arguments adorning these two seersucker, suburban bozos become a classic caricature setting for the husband/father's comment that his son took his guinea pig with him when he left home and disappeared.

That single observation, made by Roger Bartlett, that his son came home to get his pet before taking off, lifted him from the miasma his self-absorbed wife had immersed him into, beginning under his skin, continuing outward through the awkward, classless, tasteless clothing she had him don for the interview with Spenser. The only comment which cleared through the putrid artifice of that interview was Bartlett's mention of the guinea pig, which, of course, the wife, "mother" hated.

So, okay, Spenser, you were telling me that the only thing in that home which may have given warmth to this kid was that pet. And, the fact that the father noticed his child's attachment to it without rancor, began to paint the man out of the seersucker and into the quiet, subtle honesty of a man who cared about his son, but had probably not been able to demonstrate it.

The first two chapters were so impregnated with 70's ambiance (hey, yeah, this classic mystery was written then, and is still around to be bought and sold!), so packed with clues and character enrichment, I'm surprised this book didn't birth a horde of ...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed July 11 2011
By Lotusland Lady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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By Kel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can actually visualize these books on TV. Smart-ass detective, predictable plots. So far, it's true. You don't read these books for the plot, you read them for the funny antics of Spenser.
I am hoping these get better or I may have to stop reading them.
It's kind of like...ho hum another Spenser book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker gets to second base... April 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this second Spenser novel, Parker finally gets off running. The first one was a bit sketchy, with Spenser being drawn with large strokes, but not yet as solid a character as he becomes here.
You don't really read these novels for the plot; you read them for the great dialogue, the humor, the repartee, and Spenser. Okay, the story's good as well - Spenser looks for a missing boy, after the parents hire him, but ends up finding more than he bargained for.
In this novel, Spenser meets his lady-love, Susan, who has an important role throughout much of the later novels.
A fine Spenser, and Parker is now at cruising speed. Read the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tight Story Dec 3 2003
By djbrkns
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a newbie and feeling good about getting started in the Spenser series. Spenser is a great human character, with nicely developed strengths and weaknesses, and a beautiful ability to downplay both in every conversation. He gets the job done no matter which obstacles his client throws in the way and finds something good in each person no matter how unpleasant they are. I like this guy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Spenser Reviews: God Help the Reader Oct. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After a very auspicious start, Spenser stumbles badly in this, the second of the series. Other than meeting Susan Silverman, who is not that much more than Brenda Loring with brains in this book, the story is an unappealing shaggy dog tale of a screwed up kid who may or may not be kidnapped, his goofy dad and his drunken, nymphomaniac mother. The resolution of the story is entirely regrettable. Even Parker must have thought so, because he basically re-did this plot in a masterly fashion in the later classic, "Early Autummn."
Don't read this as your first Spenser book; start with the first one and skip this one or save it for last. It's definitely not worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Susan Silverman
I had read almost all the Spenser books before I got to this one, and so I was fascinated by how it foreshadowed the rest of the series. Read more
Published on July 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great development of the Spenser character
This is Book 2, and Spenser is as feisty as ever. A couple comes to his office and says they never thought of using a Private Eye before; he's bored because he's heard it so many... Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Lisa Shea
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spenser!
Robert B. Parker, God Save the Child (Berkeley, 1974)

One of the great enduring mysteries in the literary world-and it says quite a bit that a piece of genre writing has... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Parker's Best!
I have read Robert B. Parker since I was 13 and devour his Spenser books instantly, as he is one of only three authors that I will buy in hardback (Grafton and Evanovich are the... Read more
Published on May 19 2001 by "moreland98"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
Parker is starting to find his own style in this one, not just emulating his heros Chandler and Hemingway. And it's a good read. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of two perfect partners for Spenser ...
Although, Spenser continues his ogling ways, he meets his match in Susan Silverman. You know the repartee can only develop between these too, and you know that Spenser sees a... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Using it in the classroom for reluctant readers
I just began teaching Early Autumn. I have recommended it to students for years but had never taught it to a whole class as part of the required reading. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 1998
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