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Cold Service (Spenser Series #32)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    Strong, Silent, Navel-Gazing

    If you're into super-macho, monosyllabic navel-gazing, this is the book for you. I got through it, wondering how Parker would wind it up, and found the ending as disappointing as the rest of it. (I got to the last page thinking, 'Huh?') I don't know how Parker could write some of this pop-psychological stuff without rolling on the floor, laughing. As Hawk's girlfriend said, 'Spare me!' This is definitely not Parker's best -- not even close.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    New Spenser novel a bust

    I have read all the Spenser novels and am currently reading them in chronological order for the first time. I made an exception and read both School Days and Cold Service because they were new. I was shocked by the shallowness of the book, the totally unrealistic plot, and the changes in Susan's role as well as Hawk's. My first thought was 'Who are you and what have you done with Spenser's author?' Needless to say, this one rates a 'pass' on my list of Spenser novels to re-read two years from now when I once again delight in reading the series. There is only one other Spenser novel that I didn't care for (Pale Kings and Princes). If you loved that one, you can probably disregard my review. However, I highly recommend checking out the first few pages before purchasing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    No Service

    I have read Robert Parker for years and usually love his stuff. His early books are the best. I like the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall characters,too. But this book was a bore, the plot thin. I just didn't care what happened. I thought it was just me, but my husband also read the book, and agrees it is hardly up to Parker's standards. Left me, um, cold...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Going through the motions

    I have read many Spenser books in the past, and this was the worst by far. Spenser and Hawk have become almost like invincible cartoon superheroes, and every couple of chapters Susan chimes in to explain 'the code' between the men - otherwise she has no function whatsoever. The only Parker book I'll read now will be the Jesse Stone series and least he's almost like an actual human.

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    Posted September 1, 2011

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