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Promised Land (The Spenser Series Book 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Robert B. Parker

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Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard, a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help locate his runaway wife. So begins Promised Land, the fourth novel by Robert Parker, that follows the exploits of his cerebral but tough character, detective Spenser. Why Harv Shepard's wife abandoned her family and exactly where she has gone comprise only half the intrigue in this story, though Spenser soon discovers that Harv is a man in deep trouble, involved with a crooked loan shark and tangled in an ailing business venture.

The real reason we keep turning the pages of Promised Land is because of the compelling figure cut by detective Spenser. The way in which he gets the information he gets about the case from police detectives, bartenders, and local thugs—Spenser’s unique bracing blend of irony and sincerity that almost never encourages the people he encounters to really like him--is as interesting as the information he gets.

Spenser is clever, often hilarious and his quips have something more than self-amusement as their end. Beneath the air of insouciant detachment and irony is a quixotic concern, as witnessed by his often self-sacrificing actions. The people Spenser meets often made predictable mistakes, falling into the same traps he has seen countless others fall into, and out of which they are mistakenly sure they can get out. Although he is weary of watching this pageant of human weakness and failure time and again, Spenser cannot help but become emotionally entangled in his cases, no matter how numbingly predictable they may be.


Robert B. Parker was one of contemporary fiction's most popular and respected detective writers. Best known for his portrayal of the tough but erudite investigator Spenser, Parker wrote over twenty-five novels over the course of his career, which began in 1973. Parker's acclaim and his thorough background in classic detective literature helped earn him the somewhat unusual commission of completing a Philip Marlowe novel that the great Raymond Chandler had left unfinished.

Promised Land and the other Spenser novels spawned the movie Spenser: For Hire and a string of made-for-TV movies.


From classic book to classic film, RosettaBooks has gathered some of most memorable books into film available. The selection is broad ranging and far reaching, with books from classic genre to cult classic to science fiction and horror and a blend of the two creating whole new genres like Richard Matheson's The Shrinking Man. Classic works from Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, meet with E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India. Whether the work is centered in the here and now, in the past, or in some distant and almost unimaginable future, each work is lasting and memorable and award-winning.

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Spenser is good at finding things. But this time he has a client out on Cape Cod who is in over his head. Harvey Shepard has lost his pretty wife -- and a very pretty quarter million bucks in real estate. Now a loan shark is putting on the bite.

Spenser finds himself doing a slow burn in the Cape Cod sun. The wife has turned up as a hot suspect in a case of murder one...the in-hock hubby has 24 hours before the mob makes him dead...and suddenly Spenser is in so deep that the only way out is so risky it makes dying look like a sure thing.

"Spenser is the sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read private eye around today." (The Cincinnati Post)

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 374 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 228 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0440171970
  • Editeur : RosettaBooks (1 juillet 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003XVYL9E
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85 internautes sur 91 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Early yet timeless Spenser 20 novembre 2000
Par Eric M. Schmidt - Publié sur
If you aren't familiar with the Spenser series, this is the fourth book. Not that you have to read them in any particular order--but it is interesting to follow the development of the series chronologically. In this tale, Spenser ends up involved in finding a runaway wife--and bailing out her husband from his own mess too. This being an earlier Spenser book gives us a glimpse at how Spenser's relationship with Susan Silverman evolves and a foreshadowing of events to come in the relationship's future. Most notable is the introduction of Hawk to the series (not necessarily as an ally!). Parker's excellent characterization of Spenser through the character's musings, witty remarks, and ethical action are as strong in this novel as any of the other Spenser books I've read thus far. The plot itself has an entertaining build up and even better conclusion--I'd definitely recommend Promised Land to anyone curious about the series.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fixed 3 octobre 2010
Par Clair - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you are not familiar with this story by Robert B. Parker buy the actual book and not this kindle version. It reads like a combination pdf document and screen play. No dialogue designation at all. No 'Spenser said...' or 'Hawk replied' anywhere. To determine who said what one has to go back and find the quotation marks. Very disruptive to the flow of the story! The entire copy is left justified, really ruins an excellent Spenser novel.

The book has been fixed now and a new copy was provided, thanks.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book, but don't get it on your Kindle 18 octobre 2008
Par D. Evans - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read many books on my Kindle and have been pleased with the rendering of all of them, except for this one. I'm not sure how this book was transcribed to the Kindle, but the transcription is awful. Page after page of spelling errors, well, the words are real, but not the correct word. It passed the spell-check, but the sentence is nonsense. From the context you can generally figure out what word was intended, but it happens so often that it really detracts from the book. Read the book? Absolutely - it's a four star book, but get it in paperback.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tough guy mystery with relationship morals 31 décembre 2011
Par Robert Tucker - Publié sur
In this early Spenser book, a man named Harvey Shepard hires Spenser to find his wife. Discovering Shepard owes money to a gangster, Spenser encounters his old friend Hawk working for the gangster. When the wife is found, she is in the company of two other violent man-haters seeking for guns to escalate their cause. After one of the ladies shoots a bank guard in an attempted robbery, the wife turns to Spenser to help her. Spenser recognizes an opportunity to free Shepard from the debt, relieve the wife of the burden of the crazy ladies, and turn the gangster named Powers over to the police by using an arms for money trade.

As Spenser works out a complicated deal with the police and hopes to reunite the wife with her husband, he spends time with his lover Susan Silverman. As is typical of most Robert Parker books, we read about philosophy and psychology of relationships and personalities throughout the book. The plot becomes more intricate as Spenser spends time with the wife, the local police, and finally the group of gangsters wanting money. The tension mounts to the very end as admire Spenser's ability to use strength, wisdom, and brilliant moves to serve justice.

This typical plot and normal tough guy stuff is balanced with great relationship sensitivity. Spenser is juggling his feelings for Susan and his curiosity about Hawk's role with the gangsters. In turn we read complex psychology of why the wife left her husband and wondering if a successful reunion is possible. It all makes for a type of muscular and emotional story. We recognize parts of ourselves and our lives in these people while at the same time, we are able to laugh at their silliness and inanity. Well-written, well-plotted, and deep in meaning, Promised Land demonstrates the typical understated but strong expressions so prevalent in later Parker books.

In spite of its "dated" quality, to mention the confusion of why Spenser is concerned about the husband and wife, this is highly recommended for readers of mysteries, thrillers, and fans of Robert Parker. A solid book that blends violence with thinking, personal concern and social moralisms, and friendship versus the duty, this is another great novel by master detective writer Robert Parker.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Strong prose, well written 25 mai 2007
Par K. Sozaeva - Publié sur
The prose is well-written, the characterizations are vivid and the whole story fits together like a hand in a glove. That said, much of the book is filled with rhetorical politicalization - which, admittedly, was much the topic of the day - that became a bit thick at times. I don't know many people who actually hold conversations like those held in the book. Again, although I lived through those times, I was very young - so maybe people DID talk like that back then. Anyway, the constant rhetoric rubbed me the wrong way after awhile, reducing my enjoyment of the story after awhile.

However, I love the way Robert Parker describes characters and actions, and I love Spenser's internal dialog. Hawk was an awesome new character and I hope we run into him again. Despite its faults, this was a book that I enjoyed reading overall, and recommend to anyone who enjoys PI novels with a bit of intelligence behind them.

*disclaimer* written in the middle of the night under the influence of medications that make me stupid dumb*
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