This is "classic" Parker, another chapter in the Spenser saga. Here Spencer is on his own. Susan is away at a professional conference. A lot of his conversation (thinking aloud) is confined to Pearl, the dog. The mystery is about a high school boy accused of mass murder at his school. Spencer tries to find out if and why the boy committed the crime.
This book just proves that Parker does not need to depend on his full menu of characters to provide an engrossing story. Spencer alone is still funny, entertaining and a good read!
Two boys wearing ski masks shoot up a school killing seven. Then they barricade themselves in an office. When the SWAT team negotiates a surrender, only one boy is in the office. Two days later he names Jared Clark as his partner. Although Clark confesses his involvement, his grandmother is convinced he is innocent and hires Spenser to prove him so. Spenser immediately runs into real resistance to his pursuing the matter which makes him think there may be something to the grandmothers beliefs. Another Robert B. Parker masterpiece.
When a boy is accused of mass murder, his socially prominent grandmother, who hires Spenser to investigate, is convinced of his innocence. Spenser isn't convinced of anything except that there is trouble ahead. Crackling prose and juicy repartee. Spenser fans will be thrilled!
Welcome back Spencer. Only Hawk is missing. About middling for the series, but still enjoyable. Dialogue taught and clever, with the usual irony and sarcasm. All the usual suspects, except for Hawk and Henry Cimuli (can he still be alive?- If he is he must be 105 years old)
This book was a typical Robert Parker book. Short chapters with Spenser saying very little but projecting a lot. Was a little slow getting into the storyline. Not your typical cast of characters- missing Susan and Hawk being interjected as characters along the way. An ok read though.
As always, a good tale with an appealing main character. If you're not familiar with the books, however, bear in mind that the language is very raw (not like the television show!). This is a good entry in the series, though not the best.
Robert Parker writes characters who are witty, clever, and fallible. His lines are poignant at times and funny at times. Joe Mantegna brings them all to life with a voice of their own, perfect timing and emphasis. The book is so engrossing it is hard to turn off. The combination of Robert Parker and Joe Mantegna is pure entertainment. I love all of the books they've done together. Norma
Another great Spenser tale from Robert Parker! I always love the wit in these stories...wish I had the comebacks that Spenser has! They're always remaking movies...this is one television series I wish they would bring back.
When a Massachusetts boy is accused of mass murder, his socially prominent grandmother, hires Spenser to investigate, is convinced of the boy's innocence. But Spenser isn't convinced of anything - except that there's trouble ahead.
School Days wasn't a bad book but I won't be recommending it to anyone. It was slow going and a little boring. I finished it for no other reason than I paid $7.99 for it and didn't want to waste my money by not finishing the book. This is my first Robert B. Parker book and I'm not anxious to try another but probly will just to be fair. If the next isn't any better than I won't bother with any others. The sarcastic Spenser character wasn't enough to keep me entertained and the story going like with the Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) and Andy Carpenter (David Rosenfelt) books that I really enjoy.
Spenser is always wonderful. No Hawk and very little of Susan. Spenser's main companion in this investigation is Pearl the Wonder Dog. Two students shoot up their school, are captured, and confess, so why is Spenser so interested in WHY?
When a Massachusetts boy is accused of mass murder, his socially prominent grandmother, who hires Spenser to investigate, is convinced of his innocence. But Spenser isn't convinced of anything- except that there's trouble ahead...
There must be a secret to ParkerÂ´s success of mass publishing books. However, I was not able to find it.
First of all this was my first book by Robert B. Parker and certainly it was the last one. I just canÂ´t be friend with dull writing and sentences that rarely contain more than 10 words.
HereÂ´s a short excerpt:
"It had been a wet summer. Outside my office window, it was raining again. I was watching it. Pearl was resting om her couch. Later, wgen the excitement died down, I might read the paper. My phone rang. Pearl had no reaction. She didnÂ´t care about phones. I didnÂ´t either, but somebody had to abswer, so I picked it up."
I rarely write bad reviews but this book deserved one.