Parker is always a good read.
Spenser's got trouble. Susan want's him to help her ex-husband. Her ex swears he doesn't need help.
Sudden Mischief, finds Robert B. Parker's famous sleuth once again engaging Boston's bad
guys and sorting out life's moral dilemmas, all (or mostly) in the name of love. When
Spenser's girlfriend, psychiatrist Susan Silverman, asks him to investigate charges of
sexual harassment leveled against her ex-husband, Brad Sterling, the detective agrees,
though the assignment "shows every sign of not working out well." As the sexual harassment
allegations melt like April snow, Sterling drops out of sight, a dead body appears in his
office, and Spenser discovers a murky slush of clues that suggest Sterling's work as a
marketing genius for local charities has been a front for some truly despicable criminal
activities. As always, the more-than-slightly-shady Hawk is on hand to help Spenser sort the
good from the bad, but Spenser is left to his own devices when it comes to making sense of
the emotional havoc the case creates in his relationship with Susan. And what devices they
are: emotionally mature and physically dynamic, Spenser once again proves himself as
detective, friend, lover, and human being as Sterling's reappearance forces Susan to examine
her past and her conscience while searching for her own autonomy. As always, Spenser endures
as an intelligent, ethical, and poetic private eye. Parker's Spartan prose suits a
character who carries his years in wisdom. If the heart of any truly great detective series
is a truly great detective, Sudden Mischief and the rest of Parker's Spenser novels surely
fit the bill.
Is there anything new to be said about the consistent quality and entertainment value of RB Parker's Spenser series? If so, I can't think what it is. The usual good read.
Susan Silverman's ex doesn't call himself "Silverman" anymore...he's changed his name to "Sterling." And that might not be the only thing that's phony about him. A Do-gooding charity fundraiser, he's been accused of sexual harassment by no less than four different women. And not long after Spenser starts in vestigating the charges, Sterling is wanted for a bigger offense:murder...
didn't care for this --not a ParkerFan
Susan Silverman's ex doesn't call himself 'Silverman' anymore....he's changed his name to 'Sterling'. And that might not be the only thing that's phony about him.......
This was the next to last of the original Spenser series that I have read. It was ok.
Always love Spenser's wit and the ever present and powerfully quiet Hawk. Good story, very entertaining.
A nice mystery by Robert Parker.
As a favor to longtime girlfriend Susan Silverman, Spencer (albeit reluctantly) takes on a case for Susan's ex-husband. Parker oagain has his familiar charactors, Spencer, Susan & Hawk, this is a good audio tape to listen to driving in (or stuck in ) traffic
Unabridged, 4 cassetted, about 6 hours,
Series: Spenser Mystery Series, #25
From the Publisher
Brad Sterling - former Harvard football player, ne'er-dowell, and Susan Silverman's long-out-of-touch ex-husband - is, by all appearances, a successful businessman. But when he is charged with sexual harassment in the course of running a vast fund-raiser called Galapalooza, he turns to Susan for help. Though Brad denies the charge, he's desperate, behind in alimony and child support to other exes, and on the verge of dissolution. When Spenser reluctantly agrees to the case, he finds Brad denies everything. Sterling claims everything is fine - he is free of debt and free of problems. While the harassment charge begins to look more and more specious, Spenser begins to sense there is something wrong with Galapalooza, when leads to charities turn into dead end. Susan, meanwhile, becomes steadily more problematic as she wrestles with demons reinvigorated by the resurrection of her ex-husband. As the questions mount, Brad disappears, a body is found, and a shadowy mob connection begins to coalesce. Spenser finds himself fighting a two-front war: against some very bad men on the one hand, and an increasingly difficult Susan, struggling with her own resurrection, on the other.
From The Critics
The 25th Spenser novel isn't a romance, but it's all about love. In early springtime, Susan Silverman, the elegant psychologist and lover who long ago softened the heart of Boston's preeminent thug-sized PI, asks Spenser to investigate the sexual harassment suit that has been filed against her first husband, Brad Sterling. Susan's ambivalence about Brad's predicament doesn't make the case easy for Spenser; nor does the gradually disclosed involvement of the noted Harvard Law School professor whose young wife is one of the plaintiffs. As Spenser and his sidekick, Hawk, trace Brad's business dealings (he's a professional fund-raiser who's hired to run mammoth charity events), they also come up against a lawyer employed by the local organized crime crowd and some hired muscle associated with same, one of whom is found fatally shot in Brad's office. The next murder victim, a woman, turns out to be the director of a counseling service for ex-cons, which was also listed as benefiting from the most recent charity bash. What's more, the dead woman had her own connection to the still-missing Brad. Threatened repeatedly with fists and guns while coping with Susan's rare emotional uncertainty, Spenser stays the course to a resolution in which he and Susan both prevail. The mystery in this valentine may be insubstantial, but readers who pick up Parker's bestselling series for its characters and atmosphere will be delighted. BOMC main selection. (Mar.)
4 cassettes, unabridged, 6 hours, read by william windom