While the rest of us grow older, Spenser seems suspended in perpetual early middle age. Oh, he talks about getting older, but his body is still firm, his muscles toned, and his reflexes are still hair-trigger fine. Even so, it is Spenser's body that betrays him when he is almost killed by an assassin's bullet two-thirds of the way through Robert B. Parker's latest Spenser adventure, Small Vices. Hired to discover the truth behind a four-year-old murder, Spenser soon runs afoul of "the Gray Man," who eventually shoots and partially paralyzes him. Spenser, his stalwart girlfriend Susan, and his almost mythical friend Hawk then hole up in Santa Barbara until the detective can get back on his feet again.
SPENSER INVESTAGATE A MURDER OF A COLLAGE FROM THE BOSTON ELETIE
AND GETS MORE THAN HE BURGIN FOR!
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Ellis Alves is a bad kid from the 'hood with a long, long record, but did he really murder Melissa Henderson, a white coed from ritzy Pemberton College? Alves's former lawyers think he was framed, and they hire Spenser to uncover the truth. As he and longtime associate Hawk race from the back streets of Boston to Manhattan's most elegant avenues, Spenser gets a postgraduate course in the seamy side of life - an ethical no-man's-land where twisted cops and spoiled rich kids with peculiar private proclivities are just the tip of the iceberg. The stakes abruptly shift from corruption to catastrophe when a master assassin's bullets take Spenser down. He survives the attack - barely - but must play dead to the world, while recovering his strength hiding in secret. Only then can he see justice done - and let the shooter know that it's payback time.
Ellis Alves is no angel.His lawyer says he was framed and aska for Spensers help. Very good book
Robert B. Parker is a tough act to follow--especially for Robert B. Parker. Now that he's written more than 20 crime novels that pretty much set the standard for the private eye mystery, what's left? . . . In Small Vices Mr. Parker not only brings his hero to the point of death but challenges him to confront his own mortality in a way that he hasn't since Valediction.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Spenser takes on the task of exonerating a man for a murder he did not commit. The twist here is that, while the recipient of these efforts isn't a murderer, he is far from innocent. Along the way, Spenser is nearly killed by a hit man, spends a year recuperating, and considers long-time squeeze Susan's request that they adopt a child.
A great novel. Fun to read. The type of book you can easily read in one sitting.
Another Spenser book; always a great read in my opinion.
My absolute favorite of the Spenser series. Spenser gets shot. Hawk and Susan take him incognito for a long and arduous recovery before he is able to come back and track down the assassin. Don't bother watching the TV movie. Joe Montegna is no Spenser.
For anyone familiar with the Spenser series, this is one of the best books in the collection. In it, Spenser and Hawk try to muddle around, ask questions, be annoying, and find the truth that will free a wrongly convicted young man. In the process, Susan announces that she wants to escalate their relationship with a baby. Spenser manages to get seriously wounded and both the case and the yearnings of Susan come to a dramatic comclusion. Witty conversation, snappy answers, and a view of a life we all wish we could live abound. This is the kind of book that is over too soon, and you will enjoy the ride.
i liked it, he's done some better
Very good Spenser at best.
Love Spencer and Hawk. A great read.
I can't remember if I ever read it I read so much ha ha