The Best Of The 411 From 2010

Top 10 2010

These types of lists typically come out at the beginning of the year.  I’m all for giving convention the middle finger so I’m doing it in the day after St. Patrick’s Day.  Got a problem with that?  🙂  Part of why I keep this blog is as some sort of  “outlet” for my creative juices.  Another is that in this day and age this is about the only “cool” way for a guy to keep … Continue reading

Spenser Goes ‘Looking For Rachel Wallace’

Looking For Rachel Wallace

BOOK DETAIL/INFORMATION: This is the sixth Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1980.  The book’s title character Rachel Wallace would go on to be a recurring character in the Spenser universe. Preceded By: The Judas Goat Followed By: Early Autumn PLOT SUMMARY: Rachel Wallace is a lesbian feminist author who hires Spenser for a security detail.  She’s completely biased against him and his macho ways and eventually fires him.  … Continue reading

Split Image – The Last Stone?

Split Image (2010)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: This is the ninth Jesse Stone novel written by Robert B. Parker. It was originally published in 2010 and was the first book published after the death of Dr. Parker. NOTE: This review will contain spoilers. Preceded By: Night And Day PLOT SUMMARY: This is essentially two stories in one novel, one of them being a Jesse Stone story and one of them being a Sunny Randall story.  The Stone side of the … Continue reading

The Final Spenser – “The Professional”

The Professional (2009)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: This is the thirty-eighth (38) Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker. It was originally published in 2009.  Recurring characters include Susan Silverman, Vinnie Morris, Hawk, Tony Marcus, & Ty Bop. NOTE: This review will contain spoilers. Preceded By: Rough Weather PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is hired by a lawyer named Elizabeth Shaw to get to the bottom of her client’s problem – blackmail.  Shaw’s clients, wives of rich older men, have a mutual … Continue reading

Robert B. Parker – R.I.P.

Robert B. Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010)

The world lost a great author yesterday when Robert B. Parker died at his home in Massachusetts.  Dr. Parker was the author of over 50 novels.  He was 77 years old and is survived by his wife and two sons.  Ever the working man, Dr. Parker died sitting at his desk. Even if you weren’t a fan of Parker’s work you may very well know one of his characters – Spenser of Spenser For Hire … Continue reading

A Man Called Hawk Appears – ‘Promised Land’

Promised Land (1976)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: Promised Land is the fourth Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1977.  Of particular note here is the first appearance of Hawk. Preceded By: Mortal Stakes Followed By: The Judas Goat NOTE: This review will contain spoilers. PLOT SUMMARY: Real estate magnate Harvey Shepard hires Spenser to find his wife Pam who’s gone missing.  He quickly locates her and determines that for a variety of reasons she does not … Continue reading

‘Rough Weather’ – A Nice Day For A Gray Wedding

Rough Weather (2008)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: Rough Weather is the thirty-sixth (36) Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 2008.  Returning once again (for his third appearance) is Rugar (The Gray Man). NOTE: This review will contain spoilers. Preceded By: Now And Then PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is hired to accompany professional gold digger Heidi Bradshaw to the wedding of her daughter.  The wedding takes place at the incredibly posh (and secluded – wink wink … Continue reading

A Baseball Book That’s Not About Baseball – ‘Mortal Stakes’

Mortal Stakes (1975)

BOOK DETAIL/INFORMATION: Mortal Stakes is the third Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1975.  Recurring character Patricia Utley makes her first appearance in this book. Preceded By: God Save the Child Followed By: Promised Land PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is back at it and has been hired by the Boston Red Sox to determine if their best pitcher (Marty Rabb) is throwing games… throwing them to the mob.  Along the … Continue reading

‘The Judas Goat’ – Spenser Gets Out Of Town

The Judas Goat (1979)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: The Judas Goat is the fifth Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1978. Preceded By: Promised Land Followed By: Looking For Rachel Wallace PLOT SUMMARY: A recluse millionaire in a wheelchair (think Mason Verger from Hannibal without the facial deformity), Hugh Dixon, hires Spenser to find the members of a terrorist group (Liberty) that killed his family.  Spenser does what he does and stirs the pot to … Continue reading

‘God Save The Child’ – The Second Spenser

God Save The Child (1974)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: God Save The Child is the second Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1974.  Of particular note here is the first appearance of Spenser’s love interest Susan Silverman. Preceded By: The Godwulf Manuscript Followed By: Mortal Stakes PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is hired by the Bartlett family to find their son Kevin that has gone missing.  They aren’t sure if Kevin has been kidnapped or has run away … Continue reading