Hush Money (Spenser Series #26)

Hush Money (Spenser Series #26)

by Robert B. Parker
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Hush Money 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parker captures the politically correct agenda of the American university perfectly--the demonization of everything European, the 'advancement' of minority groups and opinions, homosexuality, feminism, and their desire to instill their students with those values. The mysteries of why an otherwise qualified professor was denied tenure and whether a young student jumped or was pushed from a window stand out on their own. I could not grasp the significance of the second mystery, that of the adulterous 'friend' of Susan Silverman and who is stalking her. This story was superfluous and left many questions unanswered...like how a psychiatrist like Susan could have considered such a neurotic, manipulative, backstabbing woman her 'friend'. Like another reviewer, I, too, would like to see less of Susan. I don't buy Spenser novels to read about his romantic life. However, this is otherwise a highly reccommended read as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spenser novels are always engrossing and entertaining. Through this enduring character, Parker continues to define and refine the private detective mystery genre. HUSH MONEY is as good as it gets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parker captures quite well the atmosphere of most academic departments -- all the suspicions, back biting, PC and such. His insights show he's been there, done that. Some of his asides -- e.g., about talking to zealots -- are superb. He cleverly balances anti- and pro-PC opinions! And the story is quite good, though not exceptional, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much a pleasure to read, thrilling, funny what you expect in a Spencer novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Parkers style of writing. Not alot of adjectives.
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ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Spenser has two cases, one from Hawk and one from Susan. Hawk wants him to help a black college professor who was refused tenure on the basis of rumours that he was gay, he had an illicit affair with a student, and the student committed suicide as a result of a broken heart. Susan wants him to help a friend who claims she is being stalked. . WHAT I LIKED: The plot surrounding the black college professor is a typical Spenser novel -- take a case for no pay, find there is something weird, start investigating, push some buttons, find out suspect number 1 is connected, and get a visit from some heavies. However, the handling of discrimination issues based on sexual orientation or colour of skin are well done, and that alone raises the story above a typical novel. Of course, the writing is first-rate, as Parker's work always is, and the story proceeds at a fast clip, with enough twists and turns to make it interesting. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The second case involving Susan's friend is ridiculous. Susan is a first class shrink -- yet she apparently is surprised when she finds out that the friend has attached herself to Spenser as her white knight coming to save her, whether he wants to be rewarded or not. Not well handled by Spenser's character or Susan, and doesn't fit either's characters background in previous novels, and just rings false with each development. Mind you, the resolution of the problem by Susan is first-rate. It just takes a long time to get there. . BOTTOM-LINE: First rate solid story . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really wish Parker would use Susan much less. I am not fond of the constant sex between Susan & Spencer. Then I guess I don't have to buy them if I don't like them. I do like the Spencer books except for that. The characters are good, the wise cracks are great. Spencer takes two cases at once. One for Hawk and one for Susan. Susan's friend is being stalked and Spencer is asked to find out who and get it stopped. He does but then the friend ends up being in love with Spencer, or at least she thinks she is. Susan finally takes care of her. Hawk has a friend who does not get tenure at the school where he teaches because the tenure committee is told that a young man committed suicide because of a sexual relationship with the teacher. Spencer and Hawk get to use fist and guns to get this solved. The two cases going on at the same time are a little confusing for a single mind like mine. If you have read Spencer in the past and like him I guess you will like this one too.