Painted Ladies (Spenser Series #38)

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Spenser had a simple job-protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. No one was supposed to die. But the scholar had secrets no one knew, and uncovering them will endanger Spenser as well.

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Overview

Spenser had a simple job-protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. No one was supposed to die. But the scholar had secrets no one knew, and uncovering them will endanger Spenser as well.

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Spenser's last case.

The opening sequence, in which Spenser (The Professional,2009, etc.)makes a monkey out of a college professor who clearly needs him more than Spenser needs the professor, hearkens back to the Boston private eye's very first case (The Godwulf Manuscript, 1973). This time, however, Parker adds a pleasing twist. As forensic art consultant and all-around twit Dr. Ashton Prince returns from his rendezvous with the thieves ransoming the 17th-century canvas Lady with a Finch to the waiting Spenser, whom he'd hired to accompany him on the drop-off, the package he's picked up in exchange for the ransom explodes, killing him. Although Spenserfeels honor-bound to avenge his late client, nobody wants his help or is interested in talking to him, and the more he finds out about Prince, the less he likes him. Working patiently, Spenser breaks down the defenses of insurance-resolution specialist Winifred Minor; her daughter Missy, one of the many coeds Prince seems to have pursued; Prince's daffy widow, oh-so-sensitive poet Rosalind Wellington; and Morton Lloyd, attorney to the museum from which the painting was stolen. Only after several more people have died does he realize how tenaciously the painted lady's provenance is entangled in the Holocaust, so that the case becomes, as he tells his ladylove Dr. Susan Silverman, "the most Jewish thing I've ever dealt with."

The yawning gap between the customary attitudinizing and the serious issues the tale raises make this far from Spenser's finest hour, yet one no serious fan will think of missing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425243626
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Spenser Series, #38
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 292,852
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B.  Parker
ROBERT B. PAKER was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
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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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Spenser lovers will not miss this one

    Sure, a lot of this is like a lot of other Spenser books but that's why I like it. It is like spending time with a good old friend. Parker could always write dialog that makes you laugh out loud and there are bits in here that are as good as they get. I grew up in the Brighton Neighborhood of Boston and Parker gets Boston right like so few authors do.

    If you have not read other Spenser books you might want to start with an earlier one. If you like Parker, get a copy and read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    a great good bye!

    although hawk is absent from this book, it's a great last spencer book. i've been a parker fan for years and he will be greatly missed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    The last of a great author.

    This was short but I have read every Spenser and was not dissapointed in this one, if you are new to Robert B. Parker start with the Spenser series number 1 (The Godwulf Manuscript) and work your way up. There are not many authors that can say so much with so few words. If you like mysteries with some humor, not to much gore, and characters that become like family this series is for you

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    Highly recommended

    Robert B. Parker at his BEST !! AND Spencer at HIS BEST !! Agreat read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Wing to darkpaw

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    To all non-Bloodclanners

    You're all idiots if you thibk you can defeat us. <br>
    ~ An Ananymous Bloodclanner ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    To all non Bloodclanners

    Yall are poops if you think you can defeat Bloodclan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Lavastream((to dawnstar

    Runs in. ((I like soulslayers post about bloodclan, do you think we should ignore them for that reasom?))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Mistypaw

    Scared young she-cat pads in. She had scratches on her body. "M-may I join?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    To below

    Is that you Ashpelt? We moved ntw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    To all who wat to be deputy or join a clan.

    Go to forgotten warrior or warriors with an s i for got be go thier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    Virginia

    "Hi, Eye Ey."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    TO ALL

    BC WILL RAID YOU.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    Sunpelt

    I am going back to camp for now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Camostar

    Well nither do you! I wana claw someone right about now....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Heatherfoot

    Ded out yawning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Pande to All Non-Bloodclanners

    She entered, her tail flicking. "You cannot do this." She said. "You will not win." She added. Her eyes were hard. "You are foolish to even try." She says. She glanced at Darkclaw. "Traitor." She growled before turning and returning to her camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Red eyes

    Watch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    Petalfrost

    Ummmmm..........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    DAWNSTAR TO ALL

    Cats of Fireclan!!! I think that i will follow Frozenpaws advice. We can still continue on with our rebellion with BC. But for now lets go back to polito res. 2 ok? If not then I will be active at polito an have more cats come join. If Bloodclan starts harassing us again go to Seaclan. Its always safe and I am a warrior there. COME BACK TO THE OLD CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To lavastream: where was Soulslayers post?

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