Cold Service (Spenser, Bk 32) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Cold Service - Spenser, Bk 32 - Audio Cassette - Unabridged Author:Robert B. Parker, Joe Mantegna (Narrator) When Spenser's closet ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting booking Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to the medical technology that will ensure his physica... more »l recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.
Spenser quickly learns that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the bodegas to the police force to the mayor's office, isn't just a sign of rampant corruption--it's a form of arrogance that only serves to ignite Hawk's desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance.
The dialogue is imaginative, clever, and funny at times. Parker makes his characters funny, fallible, and interesting. The reader, Joe Mantegna manages a different voice for each character and is able to keep them all straight. He reads with such perfect emphasis and timing, the listener is totally absorbed in the reading. I loved the book and will keep it to listen to again in the future. It is such good entertainment while sewing, driving, or doing drudge work. Norma