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Cold Service (Spenser Series #32)

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Robert B. Parker's Spenser novel Cold Service...

    I loved it... I am and have always been a die=hard Spenser Novel's fan... Some of his books in the so long ago time span in the list of the novels have not been up to his regular standard, but Cold Service was!!! I highly recomend this book and novel if you are a long time Spenser fan! Great read!

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

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    You have to read this!

    The 1st Spenser book I ever read. Now I have begun to read them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    The best Spenser book in years ... the best EVER!

    This is the definitive 'Spenser' novel, and not just if you're a big fan of Hawk (like me). The action is first-rate and the character development, not just for Hawk but also for Spenser (and those around them), is great, too. If you've read the editorial reviews, you know the synopsis: Hawk is shot, he recovers and with the help of Spenser enacts his own brand of brutal justice (some would call it revenge) on those responsible for him being shot. But it's more. You actually get an understanding of *WHY* Hawk must personally enact his sense of justice; and why despite everything 'justice' is still the better word than 'revenge'. But Robert Parker writes this novel so well that you realize that it is a very thin line between 'justice' and 'revenge' and, indeed, even though you're rooting for Hawk all along (or at least, I was), there still is that question about whether it's justice or revenge. And you see the high 'price' Hawk has paid in being 'Hawk'. And that despite the cost, it was more than well worth it! But enough of the 'Susan-esque' psychobabble. You have action. You have suspense. You have people getting shot. You have 'the Gray Man' (who nearly killed Spenser in 'Small Vices'). You have our intrepid duo displaying their macho superiority over every other testosterone (and estrogen) possessing being on the Eastern seaboard. You have the essence of why Parker's fans love his writing. If I don't tell you more about what happens it's only because I don't want to spoil the fun. Let me just say that this is probably the best book Robert B. Parker has ever written. This is the one we've all been waiting for. Postscript. The one thing I will giveaway that is so apparent as you read this one is that Hawk does have his perfect match. Rita Fiore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    Justice is coming....and his name is Hawk!

    I've always enjoyed the Hawk character and I've wanted to see more of him in a Spenser novel. If you love Hawk, this is your book! If there is a worse person to wrong than Spenser, it is Hawk. And the bad guys are going to find this out in 'Cold Service'. The moral limits of Spenser are tested as he strives to help Hawk exact the justice (or is it revenge?) that is needed to restore Hawk to himself. Not only does the reader get to explore Spenser's boundaries but also Hawk's plus the loyalty, trust and honor that defines their friendship. Sprinkle in old favorites like Vinnie Morris, Rita Fiore, etc. and you have the recipe for a first rate reading experience. One of the best parts of having an author write about the Boston area (and living or having lived there yourself) is picking out the places and saying, 'I know that place' or 'I've been there'. Even though Marshport is a fictitious name, it describes an area where an actual city is. It is fun to follow Spenser and Hawk down streets and into places with which you are very familiar. And even if you are not from the Boston area, the descriptions are vivid and you feel as if you can see them in your mind. I could barely put this book down. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Parker is one of the best mystery writers

    The Ukrainian mob has begun to muscle its way into the Boston rackets with an eye on competing against Luther Gillespie's bookie operations. Luther fearing the intrusion of this dangerous group from Brooklyn hires Hawk as his bodyguard. However, as good as Hawk is, the mob proves better at killing and most of Gillespe¿s family except for his young son are murdered, while Hawk takes three bullets in his back.................... Hawk identifies the shooters but the case is botched leaving it to Hawk¿s code of ethics to take action although the Ukrainian gangsters have sanctuary in nearby Marshport from the mayor and the local mob. Still taking out five is not the difficult task especially with Spenser covering his back; it is taking out the quintet without retaliation from the Ukrainians, their handlers, and the Mass-east mob without leaving evidence for the Feds or the police that is the problem........................ The Spenser series always is at the stratospheric levels of male in your face boldness, but this time Robert B. Parker takes the machismo gene to the upper area of the atmosphere, the exosphere. The story line is action-packed as the two friends continue their quest proving why bullets have a certain phallic shape. Series fans will enjoy this thriller filled with Superman levels of testosterone in which even their respective female Docs fail at softening the avenging duo.................. Harriet Klausner

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