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Back Story (Spenser, Bk 30)
Back Story - Spenser, Bk 30
Author: Robert B. Parker
In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself The Dread Scott Brigade held up the Old Shawnut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveller's cheques, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security camera photos and a letter from the group claiming r...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425194799
ISBN-10: 0425194795
Publication Date: 3/2/2004
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 151 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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batgirl avatar reviewed Back Story (Spenser, Bk 30) on + 284 more book reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robert Parker does it one more time with a good Spencer story.
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Another NYT Best seller piece of crap. PI trys to solve a 28 yr old murder. A waste of time
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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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