Back Story (Spenser Series #30)

Back Story (Spenser Series #30)

by Robert B. Parker
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Overview

Back Story (Spenser Series #30) by Robert B. Parker

In Robert B. Parker's most popular series, an unsolved thirty-year-old-murder draws the victim's daughter out of the shadows for overdue justice—and lures Spenser into his own past, old crimes, and dangerous lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842430972
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Series: Spenser Series , #30
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 4.33(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)

About the Author

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

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

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Back Story (Spenser Series #30) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewers -- nobody writes like Parker and there are no 'heros' like Spenser. Many writers come close but don't quiet get there. His writing seems so smooth and you just walk into the dialog and feel like you know Susan and Hawk and Vinnie and Quirk and Belson and.....on and on! Lets just believe for more Spenser novels to come soon!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A quick, engrossing, entertaining read. I have enjoyed all of the Spencer novels and was eagerly awaiting this one. It did not disappoint! Parker always comes through with an engrossing plot and plenty of wise-cracks. I only wish the author could write books as fast as I can read them! I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Boston private investigator Spenser isn¿t an easy touch, but Paul Giacomin is like a son to him so he is willing to go the extra mile to do the man a favor. Paul, a playwright, wants Spenser to help his friend actress Daryl Silver who is starring in his play, to find out who killed her mother Emily in a Boston bank robbery in 1974. Daryl wants closure and Paul pays Spenser¿s fee, a box of Krispy Crème donuts. The Dread Scott Brigade took credit for the killing and the robbery but nobody was ever caught even thought the bank cameras caught their picture. Spenser gets the police file from the Boston Police Department and notices right away that the FBI intelligence report is missing. A little deeper into the investigation Spenser is warned of the case by government agents and is on the hit list of a crime kingpin. Even though it has become very dangerous, Spenser is determined to find out who killed Daryl¿s mother, if only to satisfy his curiosity. It has been thirty years since the first Spencer book THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT was published and the series is still fresh, innovative and very entertaining. The hero might be a little older but he still has the same quirky sense of humor and the ability not to flinch when bullets are coming in his direction. BACK STORY is a fascinating who-done-it that is both believable and somewhat nostalgic. Robert B. Parker shows why his hero has become an American icon. Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Back Story makes easy summer reading read it and forget it. The dialogue, in an effort to be hip or cool or whatever today's word is, comes off stilted and hackneyed and even worse, as if Parker was trying too hard. Still, it's a pleasant mystery to spend a few hours with, but nothing great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorry that I read this book, but I went with the rating. It does not measure up to any that I have read previously by this author. I have read about 10 titles. For me this book compares to the Jessie Stone series which I really dislike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another Spenser tale with it's cast of 'quirk'y characters. Reading any Parker novel allows you to escape and forget about the world. His dialog between characters (especially Spense and Susan or Spense and Hawk) cannot be matched by anyone. His plot twists are always fun, almost as fun as the whole cast he pens in the story. 'Back Story' added a nice twist and allowed us to see Spenser et al really dig.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is almost like you are reading about old friends. Parker's character development is among the best in the business. You can't help but like all of them. Even Hawk (who is really my favorite). Spencer is as refreshing today as he was in the first book. Maybe growing older and questioning life more, but still as witty and tough as ever.