Paper Doll (Spenser Series #20)

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She was a model wife and mother, bludgeoned with a hammer on the streets of Beacon Hill. Spenser's searching for a motive and a murderer—and finding more secrets than meet the eye...

Olivia Nelson appears to be the perfect wife and mother. So why was the socialite bludgeoned to death with a hammer? The police say it was random violence; Olivia's husband hires Spenser to prove otherwise. But the truth turns out to be as elusive as needles in a haystack. It's a case ...

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Overview

She was a model wife and mother, bludgeoned with a hammer on the streets of Beacon Hill. Spenser's searching for a motive and a murderer—and finding more secrets than meet the eye...

Olivia Nelson appears to be the perfect wife and mother. So why was the socialite bludgeoned to death with a hammer? The police say it was random violence; Olivia's husband hires Spenser to prove otherwise. But the truth turns out to be as elusive as needles in a haystack. It's a case where nothing is what it seems--not even the victim. LG Alternate.

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In this novel, Boston detective Spenser is investigating the inexplicable murder of a respected wife, mother, and educator. To solve the crime, Spenser takes a trip to South Carolina to look into the victim's past, only to find danger and yet another perplexing question, which, when answered, will break the case wide open. David Dukes's interpretation of Spenser emphasizes his laconic, uncooperative nature, yet Spenser's practical kindness to a bereaved cop and general fellow feeling for underdogs comes through. Dukes is less successful with attractive and intelligent Susan, the love of Spenser's life, whom he portrays with few nuances-a drawling pace and soft voice is about all the personality she gets. He provides creditable Southern accents to color the South Carolina portion of the book but is less successful with the upper-crust family of the dead Olivia: the husband's speech is characterized by a slow pretentiousness, the son's, by the thick consonants of a street thug. Not an essential purchase.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425141557
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Spenser Series, #20
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 258,037
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B.  Parker

Robert B. Parker 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    PARKER STRIKES AGAIN!!!!

    I have read many, many of the Spencer books. I rank this as one of the best. Spencer is hired by Loudon Tripp to find out who killed his wife, Olivia Nelson. She was hit several times in the head with a hammer. The police have not been able to find the killer. Spencer starts asking questions. He goes to South Carolina where Olivia is from. But is her name Olivia?? Why does a certain Senator want to stop Spencer's investigaton? Spencer in jail?????? The ending is very good, really two endings, the killer is found and the Senator is exposed for what he is. To me, the only way the book could have been better was less Susan and more Hawk. If you like Spencer I feel you will like this one.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Spenser Books are always great

    Parker wrote another good Spenser mystery--love them all!

    Book arrived as described--great condition!

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