God Save the Child (Spenser Series #2)

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Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.  It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists. But when push comes to shove, when a boy's life is on ...
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Overview

Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.  It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists. But when push comes to shove, when a boy's life is on the line, Spenser can speak that language too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440128991
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Series: Spenser Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 128,204
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker
Featuring rapid-fire dialogue and spicy characters, Robert B. Parker's books are top-shelf reading for fans of detective crime novels. His Spenser series is several titles strong and an established classic; lately Parker has raised the stakes with two additional series (one featuring private eye Sunny Randle, the other featuring police chief Jesse Stone) that may eventually rival his beloved Boston P.I.

Biography

Robert B. Parker began as a student of hard-boiled crime writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but when he became a crime writer himself, he was one of the rare contemporary authors to be considered on par with his predecessors. The Spenser series, featuring a Boston-based ex-boxer and ex-cop, is one of the genre's most respected and popular fixtures.

Noted for their sharp dialogue and fine character development, the Spenser books carry on a tradition while updating it, particularly in giving its hero two strong alter egos in Hawk, a black friend and right-hand man; and Susan Silverman, Spenser's psychologist love interest. Parker's inclusion of other races and sexual persuasions (several of his novels feature gay characters, a sensibility strengthened in Parker through his sons, both of whom are gay) give a more modern feel to the cases coming into Spenser's office.

The Spenser series, which began with 1973's The Godwulf Manuscript, has an element of toughness that suits its Boston milieu; but it delves just as often into the complex relationship between Silverman and Spenser, and the interplay between the P.I. and Hawk.

By the late ‘80s, Parker had acquired such a reputation that the agent for Raymond Chandler's estate tapped him to finish the legend's last book, Poodle Springs. It was a thankless mission bound to earn criticism, but Parker carried off the task well, thanks to his gift for to-the-point writing and deft plotting. "Parker isn't, even here, the writer Chandler was, but he's not a sentimentalist, and he darkens and deepens Marlowe," the Atlantic concluded. In 1991, Parker took a second crack at Chandler with the Big Sleep sequel Perchance to Dream.

Parker took other detours from Spenser over the years. In 1999, Family Honor introduced Sunny Randall, a female Boston private eye Parker created with actress Helen Hunt in mind. Two years earlier, he introduced L.A.-to-New England cop transplant Jesse Stone in Night Passage. He also authored four bestselling Westerns featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, a few young adult books, as well as several stand-alone novels that were well-received by his many fans.

Parker died suddenly in January 2010 while at home at his desk, working on a book. The cause was a heart attack. He was seventy-seven.

Good To Know

Parker's thesis in graduate school was a study of the private eye in literature that centered on Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald. Critics would later put him in the same category as those authors.

Parker's main hero is named for Edmund Spenser, the 16th-century author of The Faerie Queene.

Parker had a hand in writing the scripts for some television adaptations of Spenser books starring Robert Urich, who also played Spenser in the ABC series from 1985-88. Urich suffered a battle with cancer and passed away in 2002, but adaptations continue to be made for A&E, starring Joe Mantegna. Parker approved of the new actor, telling the New York Times: ''I looked at Joe and I saw Spenser."

According to a profile in the New York Times, Parker met his wife Joan when the two were toddlers at a birthday party. The two reconnected as freshmen at Colby College and eventually had two sons. They credit the survival of their marriage to a house split into separate living spaces, so that the two can enjoy more independent lives than your average husband and wife.

Parker told fans in a 1999 Barnes & Noble.com chat that he thought his non-series historical novel All Our Yesterdays was "the best thing I've ever written."

Parker had a small speaking part in the 1997 A&E adaptation of Small Vices. How does he have time to write his Spenser books, plus the other series and the adaptation stuff? "Keep in mind, it takes me four or five months to write a novel, which leaves me a lot of time the rest of the year," he told Book magazine. "I don't like to hang around."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 17, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      January 18, 2010
    2. Place of Death:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Spenser Series Rolls Along

    I gave the first book in the series three stars, though it is more accurately 3.5. This one is a little bit better. For a first time reader of the Spenser series, one can see his character developing and showing he is three dimensional. Quirk is again in this book, as is Healy and along comes Susan Silverman as a recurring character.

    The plot overall is fine, but it won't knock your socks off. The writing is great and Spenser is, quite simply, a sarcastic and funny tough guy, who has plenty of interests beyond being a private investigator.

    I've read some of the later books in the series and wanted to start from the beginning. This one is very good, but as Spenser grows in subsequent stories, and we see similar growth with the recurring characters, the series just gets better.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Introducing Susan

    As one of Parker's earlier books, it contains better descriptions and less repetition of "I said/he said/she said." It brought back (not so good) memories of the time in which it was written (1970's). Most of the characters are distasteful. For followers of Spenser the book is notable for its introduction of Susan Silverman. Quirk and Healy are already in place, but Hawk and others are not yet on board.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Parker never fails

    I have read all but two of the Spenser novels, and I recommend them to all. They always have a good plot, the characters are great and you can always identify with Spenser, Hawk and all of the minor characters.
    Enjoyable, and am so glad that I found this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    Don't be Surprised By Your Friend's Harmful Will

    I really enjoyed reading the plot line of this book.I like how once you get stated reading the book you can get involved and can't get put it down. This was my first time reading this author. It was easy to visualize the author,because he didn't use use words that I would have to stop reading and look them up in a dictionary.I still don't understand how friends can kill friends,even if they are close or not. Everyone has an arguement every now and then, but I don't understand why you would personally kill your friend or loved one. I think there were ways around it like taking to the person who you have a problem with. Also you could have tried to discuss it with them. He the author did a really good job on making everything so real. My Mom reads his books abouts his stories. That they are so intereting and they make you want to read the whole book before putting it down. I myself can not see having the ability to really kill someone. It amazes me how people do it all of the time with no thought about if before or after and then to even kill your own friend with no remorse.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    Yes, Spenser's saving kids again

    But it's a lot more than that. Apple Knoll is, as the bookback said, a place were kids grow up right. But we all know that things have to go wrong. And then theres Susan. Susan Silverman is easily the most complex and intelligent character ever written in this or maybe any genre. I am not even a teenager, but trust me, Robert B. Parker is on target with this

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 21, 2014

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    Yes?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Just average

    Not your typical Parker Spencer novel. Too much description of character's apparel, not enough of his typical action & dialog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Classic Spenser

    Classic Spenser

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    A good read

    I have always enjoyed Parker's books and this was no different. It doesn't pretend to beanything than a good P.I. novel, and was a quick read for me. I found that I couldnt put it down.

    The ending is a bit predictable and contrived a bit, but it still kept my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Talah

    Maybe...or maybe..ill kill myself...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Sabariam

    Well no really. No one kew tha i used a gun.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Jonathan

    No u wont

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Good story

    171 pages the story was good but too much descriptions who was wearing what, and how the landscpes looked. Skip the descriptions and get to the story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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