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The Professional (Spenser Series #37)

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    A Fitting End

    A few days after I finished reading "The Professional", Robert Parker passed away. I was shocked and felt like a lost many close friends. As soon as I closed the book, I was ready for the next one, but sady this may have been the last of the series. So, I was glad that this was a really good Spenser mystery. It was especially interesting because it makes a comment on the times. Four women who are married to older, wealthy, powerful men hire Spenser to investigate a man who they all have sex with because he is trying to blackmail them. But, the catch is they all continue to have sex with this man; they all like him; they just don't want their husbands to find out about him or pay him. Sounds like something out of the headlines in politics or professional sports. This is a novel about marrying money, overindulgence, lack of common sense, and not wanting to deal with reality. The scenes between Spencer and Susan are particularly good because they reveal answers to a lot of questions about their relationship. Spenser and Susan explore the subjects of love and sex as Spenser investigates the man who services all four women with sex. Spenser finds the man both likeable and strangely interesting, and there is no animosity between them. In fact, the man co-operates with Spenser and tries to help him. The Man likes all four women but needs their money to continue his unusual business. So it is a very odd mystery indeed. As Spenser searches for answers the dialogue sparkles like it does in all the Spenser novels. I have read and collected almost every Robert Parker book. For decades, I have looked forward to reading a new one to read every few months. I will really miss Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Vinnie, Sunny Randall, Jesse Stone, and all the rest of Robert Parker's fictional friends. I found them all to be tough, likeable, and fun. I will also miss their canine friends who are every bit as interesting as their owners. Thanks to Robert Parker for writing so many interesting adventures filled with some of the greatest characters in mystery fiction.
    He will be missed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Keep you driving around the block to hear the finish

    I've always been a huge fan of the Spenser books and of any book with Boston in the background. This is an unusual book with 4 women hiring Spenser to stop a blackmailer from revealing their sexual indiscretions with him. What I liked about the book was the uncertainty of the true villain's identity. It kept me wondering about how this book was going to turn out. Of course, Joe Mantegna has the perfect tone for Spenser's somewhat sarcastic retorts!

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

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    Another Great Spenser Novel

    As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this latest Spenser novel. An interesting concept and I can't say more than that without spoiling the fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    A look back at Spenser,

    perfect, except we don't know his first name still

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Not one of his best, but readable.

    Too many "he said/she said," in his narrative. Did not read as smooth as other Spenser series.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Classic Spenser!!

    But with a twist on the "bad guy". Parker again sets up his scenes perfectly and still has the enjoyable banter between Hawk and Spenser. What's not to like about that??

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Pleasantly Surprised

    The Professional was my first Spenser novel, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It all starts when four women, who all have rich husbands, and they all work out at Pinnacle Fitness. But most importantly, all of them have had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower. Spenser is called by them because they need help getting rid of Gary because he is blackmailing the women and they don't want their husbands to find out. As Spenser digs deeper into the women's lives he finds that each of their personal lives are very. unique to say the least. Spenser also finds that Gary isn't working alone and as the plot begins to unravel there is a string of mysterious murders that Spenser is itching to solve.

    I liked how this book is full of fun, unique characters that keep you engaged to the very end. It is full of wit and mystery, lies and scandal. People should read this book if they like fun, fast paced mysteries, with witty dialogue and a unique plot. Other Spenser novels are "Looking for Rachel Wallace," "Crimson joy," "School Days" and "Chance." Overall I give this book an eight out of ten. Wasn't the best book I've read but it was fun and kept me very interested from beginning to end.

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