Book Reviews of Back Story (Spenser, Bk 30)

Back Story (Spenser, Bk 30)
Back Story - Spenser, Bk 30
Author: Robert B. Parker
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425194799
ISBN-10: 0425194795
Publication Date: 3/2/2004
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 143 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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Spenser's respectable 30th outing (he debuted 30 years ago in The Godwulf Manuscript) finds the veteran Boston PI teaming briefly with Jesse Stone, the cop hero of a newer Parker series (Death in Paradise, etc.). The move works because Parker plays it low-key, presenting Stone as just one of many characters who cross Spenser's path as the PI-hired by a friend of his adoptive son, Paul, for the princely sum of six Krispy Kremes-digs into the 28-year-old murder of a woman during a bank robbery; the friend is the slain woman's daughter and wants closure. Before Spenser bumps into Stone, the top cop in Paradise, Mass., he connects the killing to the daughter of big time Boston mobster Sonny Karnofsky, an old foe. When Spenser won't back off, Karnofsky threatens Spenser's girlfriend, Susan, then orders a hit on the PI. Enter as protection longtime sidekick Hawk; other series vets make appearances too on Spenser's behalf, including cops Belsen and Quirk and shooter Vinnie Morris. An interesting new character, a Jewish FBI agent, also helps out. The repartee between Spenser and Hawk is fast and funny; the sentiment between Spenser and Susan and the musings about Spenser's code are only occasionally cloying; and there's a scattering of remarkable action scenes including a tense shootout in Harvard Stadium. Series fans will enjoy this mix of old and new, but the title kind of says it all: this series, probably the finest and most influential PI series since Chandler, could use some forward momentum.
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It's Spenser & Hawk trying find out who killed Daryls Mother during a bank Heist, after 28 yrs. And its been covered up from as high as the FBI. It's disturbed bee's nest and that just makes Spenser want to know even more.
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This was another good Spenser book with a satisfying mystery that I didn't figure out and, of course, with all the Spenser wit and charm intact.
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Another excellent Spenser mystery. Paul brings a friend who wants to know about her mother's murder....28 years before. Spenser uncovers more than his client wants to know and even more than he can tell her.
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Robert Parker does it one more time with a good Spencer story.
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Typical Parker Spenser tale, combining mystery, humor, a dash of classical literature/philosophy, and Parker's trademark Hemingway-ian (don't tell me it's not a word - I just made it up!) spare style of narration. A pleasant afternoon/evening of reading.
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Typical Spenser story, with a little more intrigue than most. I love this series and always wish the books were longer.
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Another great read by Parker. I love Spenser and Hawk.
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An unsolved thirty-year-old murder draws the victim's daughter out of the shadows for overdue justice and lures Spenser into his own past, old crimes and dangerous lies.
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After a few mechanical Spenser books with poor endings, this one was more like the classic good ones. Very fun read.
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Spenser is asked to solve a decades old murder. Spenser and his strange friends follow one lead after another before untangling the sad story.
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Classic Parker with characters that are like old friends. Always a good read.
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I'm quickly becoming a big fan of this author. Great story, fast paced, funny. Read it in one day.
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If you like Spenser books by Robert Parker, you will like this one.
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Another great Spenser novel about an unsolved 30-year-old murder.
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An unsolved thirty-year old murder draws the victim's daughter out of the shadows for overdue justice... and lures Spenser into his own past
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I love the Spenser novels!
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A unsolved 30 year murder draws out the victim's daughter out of the shadows for a overdue justice- and lures spenser into his old crimes and dangerous lives.
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Robert B. Parker is always a fun fast read and this story is no exception.
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Fast and funny. "Spenser is still the top dog"
a quote from People Magazine
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A great story invovling a revolutionary group that holds up a bank, the customer that was killed and her daughters hunt to bring closure in her death.
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Another fun Spenser thriller
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Spenser just the way we like him
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Great story.
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Asked by a young woman to find who shot her mother in a bank robbery nearly 30 years before, Spenser follows a trail through Sixties hippie-dom and Black Power radicals to uncover the truth. There's a new dog in the picture, but Susan and Hawk remain their irreplaceable selves.
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Spencer solves a thirty year old murder.
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Spenser for hire book.
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Love all of his books!
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Who doesn't love Spencer?
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Another in a great series by this author. I loved reading about Pearl and I liked that Hawk was a main character in this story. It was very interesting and I didn't see the ending a mile away.

Charlene