Early Autumn (Spenser Series #7)

Early Autumn (Spenser Series #7)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and

Overview

A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440122142
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Spenser Series, #7
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
103,385
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker is the author of more than fifty books. He lives in Boston.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 17, 1932
Date of Death:
January 18, 2010
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
Website:
http://robertbparker.net/

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Early Autumn (Spenser Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'EARLY AUTUMN', THE 7TH NOVEL IN THE SPENSER DETECTIVE SERIES, IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF PARKER'S BEST. IT INTRODUCES PAUL GIACOMIN, SPENSER'S 'ADOPTED' SON. SPENCER IS ASKED BY PAUL'S MOTHER, PATTY, TO GET PAUL, THEN A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY, BACK FROM HER DIVORCED HUSBAND, MEL, WHO HAS 'KIDNAPPED' HIM. SPENSER DOES THIS, ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT NEITHER PARENT WANTS THE BOY; THEY MERELY USE HIM TO GET BACK AT EACH OTHER, OFTEN IN UGLY WAYS. HE FURTHER DISCOVERS THAT 'MEL' HAS MOB CONNECTIONS & IS WILLING TO RESORT TO VIOLENCE TO GET HIS WAY. PATTY, EVENTUALLY RUNNING OUT OF MONEY TO HAVE SPENSER 'BODYGUARD' HER & HER SON, BEGS SPENCER (IN FRONT OF PAUL) TO 'ADOPT' THE BOY & KEEP HIM, SO THAT SHE CAN RUN OFF INTO THE SUNSET WITH HER CURRENT FLAME, A NARCISSISTIC MAN WHO HAS MADE IT CLEAR HE DOES NOT WANT THE BOY. SPENCER, FEELING TRUE EMPATHY FOR THIS LONELY, SORELY NEGLECTED YOUNG MAN, WHO HAS NEVER BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, NEVER BEEN TAUGHT HOW TO DRESS, HOW TO ACT IN SIMPLE SOCIAL SITUATIONS, HOW TO ORDER IN A RESTAURANT. SPENCER MOVES THE BOY INTO A COUNTRY CABIN OWNED BY SUSAN SILVERMAN, WHERE HE AND THE BOY BEGIN TO BUILD A NEW CABIN TOGETHER. SPENCER ALSO BUYS THE BOY CLOTHES & BEGINS HIS SOCIAL EDUCATION. HE TELLS PAUL THAT SINCE HE HAS USELESS PARENTS WHO WILL ALWAYS DO HIM MORE HARM THAN GOOD, HE WILL HAVE TO GROW UP BEFORE HIS TIME. HE TELLS HIM THAT BEFORE HIS PARENTS TAKE HIM BACK, HE MUST BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT, AUTONOMOUS; ONE DAY PATTY COMES BACK TO GET PAUL, HAVING MADE A 'DEAL' WITH MEL. PAUL OBVIOUSLY HAS NO DESIRE TO RETURN TO HIS PARENTS, WHO HAVE MADE IT OBVIOUS THEY HAVE NO TRUE FEELING FOR HIM. SPENCER REFUSES TO LET THE BOY RETURN WITH PATTY. KNOWING A BATTLE IS FORTHCOMING, SPENCER 'GETS THE DIRT' ON BOTH PARENTS TO PREVENT THEM FROM FORCING THE ISSUE. AS WITH ALL SPENCER STORIES, NOTHING IS SETTLED WITHOUT SOME VIOLENCE; & 'EARLY AUTUMN' IS NO EXCEPTION.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Another great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realationships not developed and training of kid rather retro and especially weird all the beer kid drinks usually there is a good woman in the kitchen for kid to relate too rather sparse have skipped among years in reading so am not sure if this was in development of style or just not too good. Page counter.
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The best Spenser novel so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of Mr. Parker's best books. If you like Spenser, you will really enjoy this book. The action is there, the humor is there, but most especially Spenser's decency and compassion are there. You will be very glad you read this book.
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Early Autumn is action packed, plus it has so much softer appeal as Spenser mentors and cares for the boy and gets him on the right path. Hawk and Susan are featured more, which makes the book even richer.
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Bane87 More than 1 year ago
I must say at the beginning of this book I thought it was going to be just a B- or B book but, once it gets to the part where Spenser starts taking care of Paul it speeds up and I couldn't put it down.
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This book highlights what makes Parker, and Spenser, great. It's a fun story written in a spare style and loaded with pragmatic wisdom.
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