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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: G K Hall Audio Books (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560549688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560549680
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Parker ( Playmates ) adds another winner to his tried-and-true series with this electrifying story told in the familiar low-voltage style of Spenser, Boston private eye. Spenser's love, psychologist Susan, acting as consultant to a TV film crew shooting locally, persuades Spenser and his loyal sidekick Hawk to guard the show's star, Jill Joyce. Although Joyce's behavior off-camera epitomizes depravity, Susan and Spenser recognize the fear behind the woman's mask. The detective investigates the threatening phone calls and letters that precede the murder of Joyce's stand-in, a tragic mistake that pushes him to the limit in his search for the killer. Success comes as the final revelation in a drama crammed with the unexpected. A nice surprise is the role played by three mongrels Spenser rescues from a pound. The dignified, impeccably mannered dogs upstage the entire cast of characters in a performance that reveals genuine star quality. Doubleday Book Club selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the most popular television shows with megastar Jill Joyce is shooting in the Boston area and Susan is working as a consultant for the producers. When it appears that Jill is being harassed Spenser is recommended for the job of her protector. He quickly discovers that Jill is very much a pampered child in an adult body; she expects everything to be done for her at her whim and tries to seduce Spenser.
It is a very trying case for Spenser has to put up with Jill’s erratic behavior, for some time there is no evidence that it is not Jill herself trying to gain even more sympathy and attention. There are times when Spenser is tempted to simply give up the job. However, when her stunt double is gunned down, he knows that the threat is real and he pursues it hard in the usual Spenser style.
This is also the book that introduces the characters of del Rio and Chollo, the successful Hispanic mobster and his ace gunman. They appear in later Spenser adventures. The ending is a solid closure as Spenser once again demonstrates that he is a thug with a heart, taking it upon himself to make Jill right again, at least to the extent that he can.
Parker is a master at spending the majority of the pages setting the stage for the revelatory scene(s) along with future books and he demonstrates that skill once again. Even the worst Spenser novels are well worth reading and this one is several levels above that.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is summer 2012, and I just finished this book. I took it randomly from the shelf where it had its place in the section Miscellaneous. It was first published in 1990 and I probably bought my copy a year or two later. I must have read it, too, because the only books I own but have not read from page one to the end are dictionaries and encyclopaedias. However, I cannot recall the author's name nor a single line of the text. I read about a fellow called Spenser who, it seems, was a kind of private detective and had to keep fending off a nymphomaniac actress. I settled down, resignedly, for two or three more hours of unamusing reading when Spenser had to call another man for assistance. His name was Hawk, and suddenly I saw in my mind a very impressive black fellow, and Spenser also had a (much more friendly) face. And I remembered the title of a TV series Spenser for Hire of which I must have seen at least one episode.
I became more intrigued and, following Spenser on an errand into the countryside, found myself transported to sceneries reminding me of Raymond Chandler. The further the story went, the more I was caught not by the somewhat stereotype plot but by the vivid language. My reading hours had been much more pleasant than expected.
Of course, I became intrigued aid looked up the author. He had died only in 2010, had been very popular and – surprise! – had not only written a sequel to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (which I shall try to find) but also published a novel together with that great master. On my shelf, Robert B. Parker will now find a place not far from Chandler, Dashiel Hammet and Josephine Tey.
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Format: Hardcover
What might burn to what purification and perfection, within the ashes of impoverished beginnings ...

Again, a Spenser novel kept my focus away from the snow-packed, icy curves of a Rocky Mountain corridor over the Continental Divide on Colorado State highway 50, edging the high, steep cliffs over Monarch Pass. If any feat would recommend the ability of a novel to hold a reader captive, that should.

The fascination in this # 17 in the series seemed to pivot around a flickering disgust Vs appeal of the Star of the plot, Jill Joyce, as those dark/bright flashes played through Jill's evolving relationships with Spenser, Susan, and residual characters, who mostly viewed "Jillie" as a "high-octane pain in the ..." (quoting one the book's descriptive terms of her). Parker worked an amazing double-sided realism into the plot, contrasting Jill's spoiled, impatient, sour personality; to her youthful vulnerabilities, her having not one true friend, and her carrying the weight of the job title's specific and actual demands. With drunk, druggie, an nympho added to the liabilities in this Star's aura, the scales slipped south, and provided Spenser with a challenge he couldn't refuse. I may have left out a couple descriptive terms of the down side of Jill Joyce's personality, but guessing what they might be would be a snap.

STARDUST is a classic character study, and an excellent example of fine writing, especially given Parker's vivid, delightfully sardonic descriptions of various settings, descriptions based on weather conditions and wealth divergence, contrasting Boston and surrounding areas with the San Diego and LA extended environments.
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