Thursday, 18 November 2010

Book ~ "Rough Weather" (2008) Robert B. Parker

From Amazon ~ Spenser, the redoubtable Boston PI, struts his stuff in this 36th entry in the series, but may leave some readers wondering if his ethics will bear even casual examination. When Heidi Bradshaw hires Spenser to support her at her daughter's wedding on Tashtego Island in Buzzards Bay, MA, an old nemesis of Spenser's, the Gray Man, who almost killed Spenser in Small Vices (1977), also shows up on the island. Spenser is unable to prevent the kidnapping of the bride or the deaths that attend it. Assisted by a cadre of familiar players, Spenser persists in trying to find the missing bride in spite of warnings from the Gray Man. The trademark banter and snappy dialogue may seem more forced than natural. Spenser displays his machismo in dealing with a muscle builder and his detective skills in figuring out the Gray Man's connections to the case. A troubling conclusion produces one resolution and the promise of further consequences in the next installment.

The Spencer novels used to be more indepth and deep but have gotten fluffier over the years. Nevertheless, this was a fun book to read. I enjoy Parker's writing style.

I like Spencer ... he's funny, sarcastic and a bad ass. His pal, Hawk, was in most of the book too and the interaction between Spencer and Hawk is funny. Alas, Susan, Spencer's longtime girlfriend was also in the book and was as annoying as every.

There were references to past plotlines and characters that I either didn't know or didn't remember but he didn't dwell too much on them. It would have been nice to have a bit of detail/history.

There are only three Spencer novels after this one ... Parker died in January 2010 and his last one will be published next year.

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