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Hush Money [Format Kindle]

Robert B. Parker

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Twenty-five years and 26 books into the Spenser series, Hush Money dishes up another solid installment that is sure to fulfill the cravings of Parker fans new and old. This time Spenser and his buddy Hawk are helping a couple of troubled friends (i.e., they're working without a fee). The first case involves the denial of tenure for Professor Robinson Nevins. While tenure meetings are always closed-door affairs, Nevins assumes that the recent suicide of graduate student Prentice Lamont (who some claim was having an affair with Nevins) ruined his chances for a coveted permanent position. Spenser and Hawk cut a brawl-strewn path through the members of the tenure committee on their way to the surprising truth of the Nevins case. The other investigation pits Spenser against the unknown stalker of K.C. Roth. Spenser's girlfriend, Susan, has known K.C. for a while, and while the PI finds Ms. Roth a bit melodramatic, he's always eager to help a damsel in distress. The only problem is that after he's apparently resolved the case, K.C. begins a little stalking of her own--of Spenser.

The book is driven by the controversies surrounding political correctness that Parker always loves to confront, and it's fun to watch Spenser struggle (a little) to resist K.C.'s advances. It's also a (slightly disturbed) pleasure to see Spenser and Hawk address some academic hypocrisy with their own special brand of reasoning. Not a mystery for the cozy-loving palette, Hush Money's literate, tough-guy dialogue shows why Parker is the rightful heir to the throne of Chandler. --Patrick O'Kelley Audiobook review

Sometimes a detective's life is all work for no pay. As a favor to his buddy Hawk, Spenser agrees to investigate a man unjustly denied tenure. Then Spenser's girlfriend, Susan, asks Spenser to help stop a stalker. Plenty of work, sure, but all done pro bono. "Two cases at a time. I thought about having 'Master Sleuth' added to my business cards." As the cases unfold, Spenser (and Hawk) charm and batter their way past policemen, stockbrokers, hit men, white supremacists, an unstable woman, and a stuffy tenure committee. Author Robert B. Parker tells a good story, but his real strength is in his dialog--the rhythm of which Burt Reynolds captures perfectly. A fantastic reader, Reynolds uses a wide range of voices and accents to bring Parker's characters to life. (Running time: 9 hours, 6 cassettes) --C.B. Delaney

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 411 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 340 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0425174018
  • Editeur : No Exit Press; Édition : Exclusive to Waterstones (28 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1842439936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842439937
  • ASIN: B00AO3VX4U
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly good 22 janvier 2000
Par Ray Salemi - Publié sur
I had avoided reading Hush Money for many months because I feel that Parker has been coasting for many years. I have been getting tired of the basic plot of the invincible Spenser and his trusty sidekick Hawk bashing their way through mysteries.
Hush Money reminded me of how much I enjoy Parker's writing. His characters are fun to listen to, and his descriptions are very funny -- I laughed out loud many times.
Overall, I'd recommend the paperback version of this book. It's a quick, enjoyable read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book but could use a little more violence and gun play 18 mai 1999
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"Hush Money" is one of the best "Spenser" novels in years. Not THE best only because it probably could use a little more violence and gun play. SPOILER: Spenser and Hawk beat up only four people. And they don't even shoot anyone!
You think maybe they're getting old? Nah!
But seriously, "Hush Money" is Robert Parker at his finest. Spenser is at his wise-cracking, one-liner best and Hawk is; well, he is Hawk. Audacious, inscruptible, redoubtable Hawk. Plus, we get a glimpse into Hawk's early life, before he met Spenser.
And as another bonus, near the end, we get to see another side of Susan. I never liked her more. But don't skip to the final pages, it will spoil the fun.
If you are a "Spenser" fan, you'll enjoy this book. If, however, you are a politically-correct liberal (or from San Francisco, same thing), you'll probably hate it. As a personal side note, I am a fairly conservative African-American - no Buchanan-lover by any means (pun intended for those who've read the book) but defintely neither liberal nor politically correct - and I can testify to the self-righteous hypocrisy and racism of the liberal White academics to Robinson Nevins. It is almost as if Robert Parker was privy to some of the conversations I've had in academia.
"Hush Money" is an excellent book; on many levels.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hawk's In It, So You Know It Will Be Good 6 novembre 2004
Par Gregory McMahan - Publié sur
While TV, in particular Star Trek, has Spock, the mystery genre has Hawk, perhaps the greatest literary creation of all time. In this outing of Boston's top PI, Spenser finds himself being asked to come to the aid of those closest to him. Hawk has a friend whose son is a professor at a big-time university, and it seems that the young man has been jobbed out of tenure. Meanwhile, Susan has a friend who is being stalked by an ex-something-or-another. So everyone's favorite poetry quoting tough guy finds himself on two cases with the hole in the donut as renumeration, and it isn't long before events get quite bizarre.

This is a different kind of Spenser romp. The body count is low, but the action is still quite high. I especially liked the fight in the campus office. We learn more about Hawk's difficult and disturbing past, and plus we get to see him in action pretty much throughout the whole story. We also get to see Spenser rampaging his way through a tenure committee, and we also are treated yet again to further glimpses of his devotion to Susan. Throughout, Parker calls up the old-school hard-boiled PI yarn, and the story adheres faithfully to the genre template laid out by the dean of hard-boiled noir, Raymond Chandler.

Many meaty themes and issues are tackled here with laser-like precision. Parker manages to juxtapose race, sexuality (mainly homosexuality) and politics in a volatile mix which keeps you turning the pages. In addition, several life lessons are dropped here and there, and the psychological motivations of the characters are always excellent. I actually found myself liking Susan's presence this time around. Though I have nothing against the character, she kind of gets in the way of the central premise of tough guys going after and beating up crooks. Then again, she does add another classy dimension and some refined intellectual texture to each story, and to Spenser.

This outing worked really well for me, and I have read it a dozen times at least so far. In fact, it may be the best of the lot. If I were going to write hard-boiled noir with sarcastic wit, this book along with Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye would be my templates.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 SPENSER HOOKS UP WITH HAWK, AND WE HAVE A GOOD TIME 6 avril 1999
HUSH MONEY Robert B. Parker Putnam $22.95 309 pp.
In this latest installment, Spenser hooks up with Hawk for the entire novel: he also hooks up with Susan Silverman enough times to turn foreplay into fiveplay, sixplay, even sevenplay. Spenser fans need read no further to know that a lot of fun is in store for them.
However, readers less familiar with this venerable series may need a few more facts. Spenser, the one-named private eye, has beaten up bad guys and bandied about bon mots on the bestseller lists for some twenty-odd years, in some twenty-odd novels. A poetry-spouting ex-pugilist with a gastronomic flair, he and his sidekick Hawk could waltz through the entire WWF stable without soiling their sartorial splendor. Hawk, imperturbable quick-tongued African American, was Spenser's "homey" before there was such a word. In HUSH MONEY, Hawk asks Spenser to help an African American professor at Harvard, denied tenure for spurious reasons; he supposedly spurned a young man who then committed suicide. As Spenser soon discovers, the professor was straight, and the boy was killed. Then, while Spenser carefully skirts the pitfalls of political correctness in the groves of academe, his main squeeze Susan entreats him to take on a stalking case for a friend of hers. Before long, Spenser finds himself treading lightly around the grounds of sexual harrassment, as the beautiful stalkee becomes his stalker. Spenser sets up the boy's murderer for he and Hawk to take out, while he sets up his stalker for Susan to take on.
The plot here is as thin as the "villain." However, the real pleasure, the power actually, lies in Parker's wordplay, a form of homage to Spenser's namesake, the great English poet. When Spenser's stalker demands to know what's so great about Susan, he replies without a beat, "The way she wears her hat,...the way she sips her tea." When his nemesis calls him an "unutterable" unnameable, Spenser admires the epithet rather than be insulted. At his best here, Parker spins a three-page tension-filled stake-out around the word "guileful." And, as always, he has a way with the vernacular: Spenser notes that what they have "...almost sounds like a plan; "'Do,' Hawk said, `don't it.'"
Good writing about people who are good company makes for a good time, and a great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Parker has grown into a major writer 25 juin 2002
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Robert Parker has grown into a major writer. He began as a modern-day writer of hard-boiled detective novels -- one of the many heirs to the tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Boston as the locale, Hawk as the sidekick, Susan as the confidante and lover -- these recur in title after title. But Parker has, on the whole, not succumbed to repetition: his characters have difficulties, grow, interact. Still, no one would claim that his grip on character is that of Chandler nor his insight into psychology is that of Ross MacDonald. Nor are his plots as intricate as many mysteries, but then hard-boiled detectives always -- Spenser is no exception -- subscribe to the dictum (Saul Bellow's line in another context, in HENDERSON THE RAIN KING) that "truth comes in blows."
But HUSH MONEY reinforces what has been a growing realization on the part of Parker's readers: that he has become a master of repartee, or dialogue that is direct, crisp, witty. The joy of a Parker novel has become, in the past eight or nine years, the joy of encountering language that zips and crackles, as crisp and astringent as biting into a stick of cold celery. He is not unlike -- and this will be a strange comparison -- a Jane Austen for our age: his characters speak the lines we ourselves would like to speak, if only we were quick-minded enough and had a deep fund of cool and humor. We can be happy encountering great dialogue, and today only Elmore Leonard writes dialogue that is as much fun as Parker's.
So like his other recent work, this novel is a joy to read. Yes, we get tired of the sentimentality of Spenser's perfect lover, Susan -- though re-encountering the interracial friendship between Spenser and Hawk, which never shirks from talking about race but remains intimate nonetheless, is a wonderfully refreshing phenomenon. It is both fun and enriching to see that, in contemporary America, it is possible for whites and blacks to be friends, friends who have no need to tip-toe around the shoals of American racial attitudes. Parker shows us what we as a nation can become -- what we as a nation, on the individual level, so often (and so unacknowledgedly) are.
This is not the first time Parker has taken on an academic environment; but in this case he has things exactly right. His is a satiric view of the small-mindedness that often characterizes the academic world, a view which sees the pretentiousness and categorizing that are the dark underside of academe. In this regard, the novel fits nicely with Richard Russo's academic masterpiece, STRAIGHT MAN.
So: for wonderful dialogue, a good look at the innards of academic life on a contemporary university campus, and one of the most sparkling friendships in modern fiction, try HUSH MONEY. You won't be disappointed.
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