Looking for Rachel Wallace Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1987
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Spenser is..."The sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye around today...the legitimate heir to the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald tradition." --The Cincinnati Post
Spenser is..."Tougher, stronger, better educated, and far more amusing than Sam Spade, Phil Marlowe, or Lewis Archer...Spenser gives the connoisseur of that rare combination of good detective fiction and good literature a chance to indulge himself." --The Boston Globe
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Spenser is..."The sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye around today...the legitimate heir to the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald tradition." --"The Cincinnati Post
Spenser is..."Tougher, stronger, better educated, and far more amusing than Sam Spade, Phil Marlowe, or Lewis Archer...Spenser gives the connoisseur of that rare combination of good detective fiction and good literature a chance to indulge himself." --"The Boston Globe
Top Customer Reviews
The contrast was striking between THE JUDAS GOAT (fifth book in the Spenser series), and LOOKING FOR RACHEL WALLACE (sixth book). The literary style, mood, and content in these novels was dramatically different. Parker seems to possess an endless versatility of adapting his writing style to demands of theme and content.
Since this plot revolved around the antithetical anomaly of a feminist needing a bodyguard, especially with that bodyguard being Spenser; this woman, Rachel Wallace, had to come across as a full-blooded, intriguing character to carry her huge amount of plot space. Not to worry. Intriguing she was. Parker drew her in a touchingly human manner, dramatizing a sensitive underbelly barely protected by her not-as-hard-as-might-be-expected shell.
Given the serious sensitivity of the theme, I shouldn't have been surprised at the amount of funny wit Parker easily interjected into it. An especially hilarious scene was Spenser waiting/guarding outside the hotel room of his "charge" while she was inside the room, engaged with a gay partner. The humor was employed in Spenser's thoughts as he squirmed to avoid imagining precisely what events might have been unfolding behind the closed door. His obvious attraction to Rachel's partner added to the grin worthy mix.Read more ›
Part two is the "looking" part. Spenser finds out that Rachel has been kidnapped and he is rehired by the publisher to find her. Without Rachel there, Spenser is able to do his job his way. The Of course our hero finds her in the end. The poignant part of the story is that they both learn from each other. Spenser realizes that his machismo isn't always the answer, and Rachel learns that without a little muscle, she would've probably died.
It's a quick, fun read. Like always, Parker writes with a poetic beauty, realistic dialogue and action-packed adventure. I not only recommend this as a fan of mystery novels, but as someone who loves to read and can appreciate good writing. If you hven't read Spenser, pick up this book. Or better yet, start from the beginning and start the adventure.
I've read almost all of these books, and this one contains I think the best description of Spenser's personality,when Susan compares him to Sir Gawain. There's some comedy in the early scenes with the juxtaposition of Spenser and Rachel, but Rachel is characterized a little broadly, humorless and cranky. Spenser figures out the mystery pretty early on and spends the rest of the book trying to find Rachel. This is worth a couple of hours of your time on a Saturday afternoon.
Parkers short 200 page books are like movies, as you can have a bad day, come home, have a few beers and plow through a book in one evening. This is the one that always lifts my spirits.
Most recent customer reviews
Reliably smart-ass and tough Spenser finds a lady who did not want to be protected, supported by Susan and Hawk.Published 9 months ago by George Carson
I don't understand why Robert Parker spent 200 pages for this book, you can guess who kidnapped Rachel right from the middle of the book at least! Read morePublished on June 11 2000