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"Lily Ellsworth - erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish - is the grande dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his
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"Lily Ellsworth - erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish - is the grande dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and her boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he may not have committed." As the probe goes on, Spenser finds himself up against a number of roadblocks, from the school officials who don't want him asking questions, to Jared's own parents, who are completely indifferent to the boy's defense. Ultimately, Spenser discovers a web of blackmail and some heavy-duty indiscretions, and a truth too disturbing to contemplate. Before the case reaches its unfortunate end, he is forced to make a series of difficult decisions - with fatal consequences.
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Spenser has been hired by a wealthy client to clear her grandson of a multiple homicide. But though he's accused of seven murders, young Jared Clark seems unconcerned by the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars, causing our gritty investigator to wonder whether he's merely propping up a losing cause.
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Any new installment in Parker's long-running series starring tough, wisecracking Boston PI Spenser is a pleasure, and this time out high-maintenance girlfriend Susan Silverman is out of town, giving readers unfettered Spenser face time. The wealthy Lily Ellsworth hires Spenser to prove the innocence of her grandson, Jared Clark, accused of a Columbine High School-style shooting that has left five students and two teachers dead. Jared has confessed to the crime, and Spenser faces major opposition from local law enforcement officials, school authorities, dysfunctional parents, opposing lawyers and deadly gang-bangers. As always, Spenser solves the case in a surprising manner, shoots some bad guys and has several attractive women offer him sex, all of which he handles in his proficient, wisenheimer way. Susan's German shorthaired pointer Pearl gets a lot of attentive babysitting, but longtime sidekick Hawk is nowhere in evidence. Those who have stuck with Spenser as Parker invented (and set loose) other case-crackers will be rewarded once again with another solid installment in this fine, enduring series. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Forbes Magazine
America's mystery maestro scores again. Our private investigator hero Spenser (no first name) is hired by a grandmother to prove the innocence of her 17-year-old grandson, who, along with another schoolmate, has been accused of killing seven students and teachers and wounding eight others in a Columbine-like massacre. The trouble is, the kid has confessed to his part in the hideous crime. (14 Nov 2005)
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Spenser agrees to investigate a teenage killer who, with another boy, entered his posh New England high school with serious weapons and randomly started firing, killing students and faculty. The boy has confessed, yet his grandmother believes that he's innocent. His parents want him imprisoned so they can forget they ever had such an unsatisfactory child. Spenser doesn't know what to think, but he knows there's a lot more to the story than anyone's telling; perhaps the sexy school psychologist is the key. Most of Parker's books include Spenser's colorful friends, but this mystery, set in suburban Boston, is full of colorless suburbanites. So while Joe Mantegna does his usual fine reading, he does not have the opportunity to demonstrate his facility with accents and voices. Spenser fans will find this work less amusing than some of his other tales but still will want to listen. Recommended for most mystery collections.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Just when you thought the Spenser saga (Cold Service, 2005, etc.) had tailed off into attitude and wryly clipped trash talk, Parker socks another home run with a tale ripped from not-so-recent headlines. Two students in ski masks executed seven people at Dowling Academy before one of them, Wendell Grant, surrendered to police. The authorities are convinced the other one was Jared Clark, the buddy Grant gave up to them when they pressured him. So why is blue-blooded Lily Ellsworth so convinced her grandson is innocent that she's offered a pot of money to Spenser to prove it? As the dean of Boston private eyes sets out to question the interested parties-and he gets stonewalled so consistently by cops and administrators who want "closure" and "healing" that the biggest mystery is how he's ever going to find anything out-one thing is clear: Jared sure looks guilty. Spenser's dogged attempts to learn where the killers got their weapons and the training to use them leads him to a student hangout where the kids are even more laconic than he is, a bunch of gangbangers even more prone to violence, and inevitably more murder. Given such a bitter harvest, it's no wonder he gets paid off and sent packing. His response is merely to change his focus to the question of why Jared, a slow, inoffensive kid who, despite the testimony of dishy school psychologist Beth Ann Blair, doesn't seem to fit the profile of the classic disaffected teen killer, would have joined forces with a bully like Wendell Clark. The shattering answer shows that Parker's willing to borrow from more than one set of real-life headlines. Spenser's most wide-ranging, deeply felt and penetrating case in years, one that will leave youwondering why, as one kid says, violence doesn't break out at schools more often.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781415924396
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Spenser Series , #33
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

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

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.

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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 August 15, 2009

    If You Don't Know Spenser, This Is a Great Introduction!

    So I'm a Johnny-come-lately, but this is the first of Parker's Spenser series that I have read, and I was hooked by the plot description. The reality of reading didn't disappoint, and I was particularly pleased that Parker could engage my interest -- and keep it -- without resorting to improbably suspense and gratuitous violence and gore. All his characters are very believable, but Spenser himself is a real treat, individualized and fully-formed in a way that makes me eager to go back and read more of the series. I don't think I'll be disappointed; you don't get to the 33rd outing of a character like Spenser unless he remains genuine, appealing and true to his persona and experience. I was surprised to see how well Parker detailed characters of widely different ages, backgrounds and motivations. In a world where school bullying and adolescent identity angst are frequent and tragic headlines, Parker puts a human face on what could have been a trite and predictable story line.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Highly Recommend R. B. P's School Days!

    As usual Spenser was at his best with his typical wit, sarcasm, investigative savy, and toughness when necessary. Interesting plot, and story characters, Some of the regulars were missing in action here in this series installment,like Susan and Hawk, but still it was a fun and great read if your a true Spenser fan! I highly recommend this novel in the long list of the great Spenser series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

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    Not assigned reading, but definitely recommended!

    Robert B. Parker's "School Days" was a quick read, and my first for the "Spenser" series. As always, I enjoyed Mr. Parker's descriptions of Boston and the surrounding areas, being familiar with most of them. <BR/><BR/>I felt reading this book that Mr. Parker enjoyed writing it. The underlying story was interesting, as a well-to-do grandmother hires Spenser to investigate the case of her grandson, charged with the murder of several people in a school. All the evidence points to this young defendant and Spenser is determined to know why. Eventually, Parker introduces another interesting and I think commendable twist, which, as always in my reviews, I will not give away.<BR/><BR/>I would definitely recommend this book.<BR/><BR/>J.R. Reardon<BR/>author, "Confidential Communications"

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    One of the best and most timely books Mr. Parker has ever written

    In the upscale affluent Boston suburb of Dowling at the local prep school, two teens that attended the education facility took their nine millimeter handguns and opened fire. Five studies and two teachers were killed a six students and two teachers were injured. They then holed up in the library until a hostage negotiator persuaded Wendell Grant to give up. The other killer disappeared but Dell later told them it was Jared Cark who later confessed to the crimes................... Jared¿s grandmother hires Spenser to prove her grandson is innocent but when he gets to Dowling, he finds Jared is represented by an incompetent lawyer who believes his client is guilty and Jared¿s parents feel the same way. By the time Spenser questions everyone there is no question in his mind that Jared is guilty. However, Spencer goes one step further and sets out to find why this tragedy happened and what the private investigator learns turns out to be almost as big a tragedy as the teen killing spree................ Fast paced, breezy dialogue and the protagonist¿s trademark dry-wit makes for another delightful reading experience in the long running Spenser series. Robert B. Parker is at the top of his game in this exciting private investigative tale that examines how a Columbine type action could happen and where the blame should be placed. Fans of this series won¿t be disappointed in SCHOOL DAYS, one of the best and most timely books Mr. Parker has ever written.................... Harriet Klausner

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