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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425147746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425147740
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 20 2000
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....Because you'll never forgive him. Only a die-hard Spenser fan could keep reading after the first couple of chapters. To quote Hawk, "This is the silliest thing you ever got me involved in." (Whoops, I just blew the best moment in the book. Sorry.) The villains are one-dimensional to the point of being ridiculous. The clues are tasteless and dumb. Susan is at her most annoying - what DOES he see in her, except to love her for love's own sake, which is, quite frankly, getting tiresome. Makes me wonder what Parker's marriage is like. On the up-side, Hawk is even more refreshing than usual when he shows up to blow some humor into this stale story. But worst of all, Spenser is - horrors - just plain stupid in this one. Parker has avoided that in all the other books; even though you might not like the conclusion, at least you can't see it coming before savvy Spenser does. But this one? Good grief. It's vital to the plot that Spenser doesn't get it, but that's the only justification, and it's a terrible mistake for a great writer like Parker to make. Check it out at the library if you must; it's a quick read like all Parker books so it won't waste much of your time. But don't spend money on this one.
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I've read other books in the Spenser series and they were way more action oriented. The plot is too predictable with the same girlfriend, and the same cutsie dog. Why was the house being renovated in the middle of a mystery? Was that to show Spenser was a domestic kind of guy and was perfectly happy with Susan? Boring!
The mystery really dragged. It looks like Parker researched the Tongs but I wonder why illegal Chinese are in the Boston area/ Port City. This is more a California problem. As for the suspense...it's there at times but lack-luster. Hawk doesn't come in to save Spenser either nor is he as funny as he usually is. Vinnie is a bit amusing but lacks character development. I read this novel at a snail's pace. Switch it up, Robert B. Parker. You can do better.
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In this episode, Spenser attends a play at the Port City Theater Company, where Susan is a member of the board. The director believes that he is being followed, so Susan asks Spenser to look into it. Circumstances change rather quickly when the lead actor is killed in the middle of a dramatic scene. He was shot through the heart from an assailant who was in the theatre, so it is clear that the job was professional.
Port City is a city whose better days have passed. It now has a large population of Asiatic descent and is dirty and riddled with crime. Spenser recruits Hawk, his regular companion, and Hawk, realizing the length of the odds against them, recruits former enemy Vinnie Morris, who joins the team to make a very formidable trio. They need all of their talents, as they are up against the major Asian crime gang of the region. Throw in a crazy woman who tries to bed Spenser while manipulating everyone else in the story, a crooked cop, and the story goes in many different directions. You are given hints as to the direction of the result, but nothing definite.
Spenser and Hawk are at their wisecracking best, with Vinnie and Susan excellent foils for them to play off of. The story moves along quickly, with plenty of action and suspense until the final resolution. I enjoyed it very much, reading it when I should have been working on other things.
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Whenever I read a Spenser/Hawk book I am picturing Robert Urich, who was unbeatable as that character in the t.v.'s series of Spenser. I miss him, but on to the story. Spenser is asked by Susan, his girl, to help find out who is stalking the director of the Port City Theater's Company, of which Susan is a trustee. He finds no stalker, but while watching the play, one of the cast is shot right in front of the audience and killed. Another woman claims that she is being stalked and yet they find no one stalking her and then he receives a tape of her tied to a chair and being held hostage. There is the Chinese mafia connection, as a large portion of Port City is Chinese and another of the trustees is Chinese with connections to them. Spenser is threatened by the boss and told not to come back or he will be killed and so enters Hawk and Vinnie for back up protection. The educational part is learning a little about the illegal immigration trafficking of the Chinese people. My favorite characters, as always, were Spenser and Hawk. I don't want to tell you too much more except that I did enjoy the book.
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By A Customer on Oct. 1 2003
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I concur with the comments of the previous reviewers about the quality of the audiobook presentation by Daniel Parker. The Spenser books are made for drive-time listening, but one wonders whether anyone at Dove actually ever listened to Daniel Parker's performance before releasing it. There was a significant disconnect between my mind's-eye image of Spenser (tough, laconic big guy with insight and intelligence) and Parker's high-pitched lisp. Imagine a not-quite Charles Nelson Reilly voice emanating from Spenser and you get the picture.
The best Spenser voice: Burt Reynolds, who does all the characters (including Hawk) extremely well. After Burt, Joe Mantegna is very good, and David Duke is OK.
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