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Stardust [Audio Cassette]

Robert B. Parker
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September 1991
Spenser's never had a client like Jill Joyce, the star of TV's Fifty Minutes. She's beautiful, bitchy, sexy--and someone is stalking her. Spenser can hardly blame the would-be assassin...until he means the true meaning of "stage fright."
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stardust - but not SciFi Aug. 22 2014
By Ottokar
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Dust Rising from Ashes of Coal Dust April 23 2007
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Spenser Mixes It With The TV Crowd Dec 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again it's Spenser to the rescue. This time he's called onto the set of a television show to act as bodyguard to the star, and America's sweetheart, Jill Joyce. Unfortunately, she's also a drunk, incredibly difficult to work with, and determined to bed every man within a 5-mile radius.
But when Spenser's on the job it's professionalism all the way which makes for a very fiery employer / employee relationship. It also makes for some most amusing situations and gives ample opportunity for Spenser to display his flair for detective work. The relationship between Spenser and Susan is comfortable, as ever, and between Spenser and Hawk as solid as a rock.
The sanctuary of a Spenser book is always a welcome haven for weary readers with the pace of the book high and the pages turning quickly. Light entertainment at it's best; if you're after mystery with a liberal dash of humour then you're in for a real treat here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GOOD ONE BY PARKER!!! Feb. 22 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Parker has written another good book. Spencer is hired to baby sit a TV star. He is to protect her and also find out who is trying to kill her. He is his usual witty self, he is helped by Hawk and Susan as always. The TV star, Jill Joyce, is not a good person, a nice way to say it. Spencer keeps digging and finally comes up with the person who has been making the threats. You will be surprised who it is. A good read, if you have liked other Spencer books you will like this one. I always enjoy Hawk, wish he had a larger role the books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spenser is still the good, old Spenser Sept. 18 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just what you'd expect in a Spenser novel. Witty dialog and suspence. This book will not be a disapointment to Spenser fans.
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