Rough Weather (Spenser Series #36)

Rough Weather (Spenser Series #36)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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Hired as a bodyguard at an exclusive society wedding, Spenser witnesses an unexpected crime: the kidnapping of the young bride, which opens the door for murder, family secrets, and the reappearance of an old nemesis.

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Hired as a bodyguard at an exclusive society wedding, Spenser witnesses an unexpected crime: the kidnapping of the young bride, which opens the door for murder, family secrets, and the reappearance of an old nemesis.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Spenser, the redoubtable Boston PI, struts his stuff in this 36th entry in the series, but may leave some readers wondering if his ethics will bear even casual examination. When Heidi Bradshaw hires Spenser to "support" her at her daughter's wedding on Tashtego Island in Buzzards Bay, Mass., an old nemesis of Spenser's, the Gray Man, who almost killed Spenser in Small Vices(1977), also shows up on the island. Spenser is unable to prevent the kidnapping of the bride or the deaths that attend it. Assisted by a cadre of familiar players, Spenser persists in trying to find the missing bride in spite of warnings from the Gray Man. The trademark banter and snappy dialogue may seem more forced than natural. Spenser displays his machismo in dealing with a muscle builder and his detective skills in figuring out the Gray Man's connections to the case. A troubling conclusion produces one resolution and the promise of further consequences in the next installment. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425230176
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Spenser Series, #36
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
299,753
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

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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Rough Weather (Spenser Series #36) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
SeattleRose More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe we won't be able to follow Spenser with a new book every year or so. The Spenser-Hawk-Susan trio became such a fictional icon -- always interesting and witty and they all seemed to have the perfect comeback for any situation. I don't agree with those who have panned this book because of its plot. Most of the Spenser series is less about the mystery itself and more about the relationship among these people and whatever characters they are dealing with. Spenser's ethic of righteousness causes him to take on all sorts of evil people and we love that part of him. You don't have to read all 36 books to get to know Spenser, but any of them are worth reading. Mr. Parker and all his characters will be greatly missed.
fellowmysterywriter More than 1 year ago
Wanted to make it all the way through one of his Spenser novels after seeing Tom Selleck play the role. After getting past the HUNDREDS of "he said" comments in his very short dialogues and "she said" right in the same vein -- the book goes quick. For me, doesn't get interesting until the last 1/4 of a book -- but I'll wait for screen versions on his future books.
gracie088 More than 1 year ago
when i buy a novel i have the expectation of a few hours of entertainment - doesn't work here as, other than contrived dialog, there is nothing to this book. (except about 30 minutes of waaaaay too fast reading) Parker's books used to have witty dialog, lots of action and great plots. There's action in a few paragraphs (hard to tell how many pages, as the published has substituted huge print, very wide margins and space between the lines for normal page set-up. The old witty dialog used to back up conversations that made sense. All that is left are examples of 2 word one-liners. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FAST READING--MINDLESS ENTERTAINMENT
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Nookster50 More than 1 year ago
Good book
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NPHighview More than 1 year ago
When he's "on," Robert B. Parker can write spectacularly about Spenser, Hawk, and Susan, and he hits the target more often than not. This book is a miss, however. All the familiar faces and situations are present, tied together with a fairly superficial "closed room murder," even involving a familiar adversary. However, the situation is even less plausible than usual, and the resolution is a "what??" moment for the reader. The paperback edition is also irritatingly published in the tall, narrow, wide-margin style that, in the more normal paperback format, would belie its brevity. My advice: Skip this one, and spend your money on Michael McConnelly's latest.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
This is an average book by an author who can do much better. The Spencer series has slipped into a very comfortable formula. If you are looking to renew your acquaintance with Spencer and Hawk, then you will enjoy this tale of a twisted kidnapping. If you are looking for a fresh suspense tale or private eye novel then you should follow the trail to the next likely suspect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually like Parker, but this is not my favorite.
JEB48 More than 1 year ago
This is Parker in his original and true form. The Spenser and Hawk characters have become somewhat less overtly violent over time, but the potential is always there, juat underthe surface. "Rough Weather" has an interesting plot with enough of a twist to keep the reader guessing in suspense until near the end. Best of all, Spenser and Hawk continue to mature their relationship of mutual respect and trust. Parker has maximized the partnership and ties between Spenser and Hawk, while still keeping them as individuals and very different characters.
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