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Potshot [Format Kindle]

Robert B. Parker
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Présentation de l'éditeur

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.

Biographie de l'auteur

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

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 681 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 358 pages
  • Editeur : Berkley (4 juin 2002)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005F4CDB0
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Ce est une vieille histoire au Québec a eu plusieurs incarnations précédentes. L'histoire originale était "Sept Samouraïs" d'Akira Kurosawa Et puis il y avait le film original Hollywood "The Magnificent Seven", Suivi par une collection de suites plus faibles. Dans "The Magnificent Seven" le village mexicain est terrorisée par un gang de criminels sont-ils embauchent le groupe des sept mercenaires pour nettoyer la ville.
L'histoire commence Quand Mary Lou Buckman promenades dans le bureau de Spenser et cherche de l'aide dans la traque le meurtrier de son mari. Ils vivaient dans la petite ville de désert de Potshot et il a été pris en charge par une bande de criminels qui réside dans une zone appelée le Dell. Ils avaient été un peu plus d'une nuisance Jusqu'à l'homme est arrivé que l'on appelle le prédicateur. Il les a organisés et ils ont commencé extorquer de l'argent de la protection contre les gens d'affaires locaux. Le mari de Mary Lou avait refusé, de sorte qu'elle croit Que ils l'ont tué.
Spenser prend le travail et se déplace à la ville. Presque immédiatement, il a réalisé Qué choses ne sont pas ce qu'elles semblent être. Spenser confronte le prédicateur et lui demande se il avait avait tué Buckman. La réponse est dans et Spenser le croit. Il est l'inévitable confrontation entre Spenser et une petite partie du site Dell et la loi des gangs intervient avant le tournage commence. Plusieurs gens d'affaires éminents d'embaucher Spenser Puis offrent de nettoyer le Dell et libérer la ville.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Potshot 24 juin 2001
Par Ricky N. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
It is always a pleasure to read a Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker. He has written another winner with his new novel, "Potshot". Mary Lou Buckman hires Spenser to find out who killed her husband, Steve. Spenser must go to Potshot, Arizona where the Buckmans lived and where the murder took place. As he investigates, he finds that many people believe that someone in the Dell killed him. The Dell is a group of thugs who collect "protection" money from businesses in Potshot. Their leader is known as The Preacher. Then a group of Potshot VIP's hire Spenser to rid Potshot of the Dell. Spenser can solve the murder alone, but will need a small army to take on the Dell. He hires Hawk and Vinnie Morris from Boston, Tedy Sapp, a bouncer from Georgia, 2 Los Angeles thugs, and Bernard J. Fortunato, a tough guy from Las Vegas. Things are never what they seem in Potshot. This is an excellent addition to a long-running series, one of the best in American crime fiction.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Different type of Spenser 20 mai 2001
Par "moreland98" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
As an avid Spenser fan for the past 15 years, I bought this book the day it came out. After devouring it in one sitting - my son went to bed early that night! - I am left with very mixed emotions.
The story itself is good, but not great. Mary Lou Buckman hires Spenser to find out what happened to her husband in the half tourist trap/half backwater town of Potshot, AZ. As always, the beautiful blonde client is honesty-challenged, the wife of the local real estate broker is after him, and the head cop is involved (think Walking Shadow). This is not one of his better plot lines - see Sudden Mischief or Ceremony for a true mystery/whodunnit type book.
Reading Parker, however, always involves much more than the plot. His clean, elegant writing style and story pacing is without par, and no one delivers the dry humor the way Parker does. If Potshot were simply another in the Spenser series, I would be inclined to rate it three stars and chalk it up as a solid but not terrificaly distinguished entry.
I have read some of the other reviews of this book, and a few people seemed to catch on to the fact that something is changing in the world of Spenser. This book has the feel of a farewell, and speaking as someone who has read this series since my teen years, that really bothers me. The clues are there: Spenser rounded up EVERYONE of distinction from his previous novels (he even included a brief reference to Mei Ling, the Chinese student who served as a translator and Hawk's girlfriend in Walking Shadow), he mentions that the beloved Pearl is getting old, and even Susan contributes to the feeling by giving up shopping (!) to take a long drive with Spenser. Minor details, I realize, but it definitely gives the book a different flavor from all the previous entries.
If you are new to Spenser, I'd really recommend that you start with a different book. The Godwulf Manuscript is the first, but if you aren't interested in starting that early (the time frame is early 70's), try starting at Ceremony or Valediction. These offer great writing without the angst of Susan's midlife crisis, which is interesting but better understood if you are a Parker fan. Even Hugger Mugger - the book just prior to Potshot - would introduce you to standard Parker stories.
If you are a fan, get ready to start mourning the loss of Spenser. While he may do one more Spenser book, Parker has expanded his writings, and the new series seems to be replacing Spenser (although retaining a few of the same characters).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Magnificent Seven 28 mars 2001
Par Marc Ruby™ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
When Spencer first talks to Mary Lou Buckman about investigating the death of her husband he knew it would be a tough job. After all, the suspects were a gang of 40 ne'er-do-wells living in the hills around Potshot, Arizona. These western gangsters had recently been organized by a sociopath known as 'The Preacher,' and were terrorizing the town.
A visit to Potshot Spencer that there is something rotten going one. The town, nestled in the mountains was a Mecca for those suffering from urban flight syndrome. Aside from the Preacher and his 40 thieves Potshot's resident population includes a suspiciously inactive police force, a non-productive film producer and a real estate salesman with a way oversexed wife. Spencer quickly discovers that it isn't just Bebe the real estate women who is oversexed. It's seems that almost all the cast has had some history with each other.
Realizing this was far more than a one-man job Spencer heads back to Boston to assemble a militia of tough guys that reads like the Robert B. Parker hall of fame. Naturally Hawk is included, and Vinnie, another Boston professional, Tedy Sapp from Georgia, Bernard J. Fortunato, and finally Chollo and Bobby Horse from Los Angeles. This adds up to seven, and if you are getting the feeling that Parker is parodying The Magnificent Seven a bit, you might not be wrong.
In addition, while investigating Mary Lou in Los Angeles Spencer is menaced by two employees of Morris Tannenbaum, one of the big West Coast gangster chiefs. It's pretty clear that all is not what it seems, but Spencer is unable to resolve his suspicions. Before he does so, we will be treated to star-crossed lovers, a menacing cartel, and, lest we forget, the gunfight at the not-quite-OK Corral
Parker specializes in terse, pithy dialogue and plenty of often violent action. Spencer, whose heritage includes Marlowe and Travis McGee, is at his best as the in-your-face, wisecracking detective who is also perfectly capable of quoting poetry and maintaining a tender relationship with Susan, his psychologist girlfriend.
In "Potshot" the continuous by-play between the seven heroes adds sparkle to an already exceptional story. I've read all of Parker's Spencer novels, and this will rank as one of the most memorable. Certainly it's one of the most entertaining. Parker has again managed to write a rich and compelling novel in a genre noted more for its excesses than its quality of writing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Parker does it again 29 mars 2001
Par Snafu06 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Recently, Parker has been a letdown. From Thin Air on, his books have lost a lot of their luster, but then Hugger Mugger (his last Spencer) came along and I had hopes that the series was coming back. Potshot goes a long way to undoing the damage done by the few bad books in the series. In this book, Spenser finds himself out of Boston and in the middle of a town in the desert used as a getaway by rich people. His client wants him to chase out a gang of toughs that have apparently killed her husband. To deal with the militant group, Spenser calls forth a whole rogues gallery of people that he has run across in previous books: From his affable sidekick Hawk, or the silent mob gunman Vinnie, and the dangerous hispanic Chollo, to the gay bouncer, Tedy, from Hugger Mugger, the gang's all here. Spencer quickly ascertains that not everything is as it seems and continues to poke his nose in every place that it is not welcome. Fans of the Susan Silverman character might be disappointed as she is not in the book much. To those critics who feel that this rogue's gallery of characters is a selling ploy, I can only shrug. Some of the best points in this book came from the scenes where this mishmash of thugs were just trying to get along. Parker's wit is as sharp as ever and his descriptions are concise and powerful. He is in top form. My only gripe, if this can even be called a gripe, is that this is an incredibly quick read. I finished it the day that I received it. Although I generally recommend that people start at the beginning of the series so they can get a full grasp of all the characters and relationships involved, but I can see no reason why newcomers wouldn't enjoy this novel. A must!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Parker's Potshot is modern "Shootout at O.K. Corral" 14 juin 2001
Par John W. Myers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Robert B. Parker is my favorite author. I'm a prolific reader, so that's no faint praise. So when I was online ordering Potshot, Parker's latest in the best-selling Spenser private-eye series, Amazon's offer of another newly published Parker novel, Gunman's Rhapsody, was an easy sell.

As prolific an author as Parker is, with two other series already underway, the Jesse Stone cop novels and the Sunny Randall private-eye novels -- the latter a female version of Spenser -- Parker can never publish too often for me. I've read all his books and my only complaint is they're never long enough. I would avidly consume a War and Peace-sized tome by Parker.
Parker's Potshot was worth the wait while I consumed Gunman's Rhapsody. Potshot is number 31 in the Spenser series about the toughest of tough guys and his friends and enemies.

In Potshot, Spenser leaves his Boston turf to go west to the old mining town of Potshot, Arizona, collecting along the way a thug's gallery of friends and former foes turned buddies.

In fact, most if not all of Spenser's thug buddies first turned up in earlier novels as foes but were won over by the tough but humorous private-eye's winning ways. Even his oldest buddy, the menacing black underworld figure Hawk, first met Spenser when they were in the process of pounding each other into submission in a prize-fight ring many years hence. Joining Hawk and Spenser in Potshot are fellow Boston gangster Vinnie Morris, gay Georgia bodybuilder Tedy Sapp, California gangsters Hispanic thug Chollo and Kiowa thug Bobby Horse, and Las Vegas tough guy Bernard J. Fortunato.

It's a modern-day remake of "The Magnificent Seven" against a gang of 40 thieves led by an Ali Baba character named The Preacher, who is robbing and terrorizing the Los Angeles refugees now settled in Potshot.

Just figuring out just what everybody is really fighting over in Potshot takes up most of the tale, but trust Spenser, Hawk and the other members of this thug's roundtable to finally sort it all out.

Throw in a beautiful blonde as Spenser's client and another assortment of foes from the Los Angeles Mafia and among the so-called "good guys" in Potshot and you have yet another Spenser tale that comes slowly to a boil and erupts in a shootout worthy of the O.K. Corral.

As usual, the tale ends far too soon for this avid reader. The dialog alone between Spenser and his buddies is worth reading a second time.
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