The 19th Spenser. In this one, Spenser does a favor for Hawk. Hawk has accepted a job & needs Spenser's help. Spenser asks for 1/2 of what Hawk is receiving (which is nothing), but Hawk won't give him more than 1/3.
Spenser & Hawk ... together again!
Spenser , with Hake, goes into the slums to try to settle a crime.
One of my favorite Spenser & Hawk adventures. Laugh out loud dialogue.
Another great Robert Parker book about inner-city gangs overrunning an affordable housing complex. Spencer and his pals help out the local pastor in clearing out the housing complex.
With Spenser and Hawk. Copyright 1992.
Spenser and Hawk doing what they do best, being more intelligent, better armed and faster on the draw.
Smart ass tough guys! Love it!
Another great Spenser book.
Spencer & Hawk clean up a small part of the Ghetto, in their own inimitable way.
It's a Spenser story. Enough said.
Series: Spenser Mystery Series, #19
From the Publisher
Hawk wants Spenser to wage war on a street gang. Susan wants Spenser to move in with her. Either way, Spenser's out of his element. So why not risk both?
From The Critics
Spenser and Hawk take on a black street-gang while, on the domestic front, Susan persuades Spenser to move in: more hard- boiled mystery with a runny yolk from the ever-entertaining Parker. After some good-natured haggling, Spenser's dark-side alter- ego Hawk agrees to pay the Boston shamus a third of what he's gettingâ"nothing"âto free a decayed ghetto housing project from the "Hobarts," the violent drug-dealing youth gang that controls it utterly; and, at the same time, to bring to justice whoeverâmost likely a Hobartâgunned down a 15-year-old and her infant daughter at the project. With Hawk as guide, then, Spenser enters the forbidding world of gangs, marveling at their colorful slang and ritualized ways, meditatingâwith input from a saintly youth workerâon their hopeless lives...which gets him to thinking a lot about Hawk and the cruel sacrifices the black Âbermensch made to escape the ghetto. Spenser's longtime girlfriend Susan thinks about that, too, while monitoring how her experiment in domesticating the p.i. is faringânot too well, actually, despite all the usual lovingly described scenes of cooking and soulful cooing between the two: Spenser is pacing like a caged tiger. Meanwhile, the gang's leader has fixed on Hawk as a kind of father figure, but one he'll have to slay ("Hawk, you and me the same," he says. "It got to be done we step up. Ain't afraid to be killing, ain't afraid to be dying") unless Hawk kills him first. The inevitable showdown is pure adrenalineâand the subsequent avenging of the murders, plus Spenser's dignified coming to terms with Susan, pure satisfaction. Nothing new, just Parker marking perfect time:Spenser fans will love it.
I've read all 19 to this point, and this is only the second one I didn't care for. Slow moving, and Spenser seems to spend more time talking to Susan and cooking than being involved in the case. Even at the end, not much action.
Not one of his best, although it did give some interesting insight into Hawk, and their relationship.
Robert B. Parker is one of my favorite authors. I never get tired of this series. Parker's concise dialog is a pleasure to listen to, as well as to read.
This is actually a set of 4 cassettes, not an Audio CD. The ISBN is correct.