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Walking Shadow [Format Kindle]

Robert B. Parker

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In fine form here, Parker's sardonic Boston PI Spenser, last seen in Paper Dolls , encounters danger, venality and plenty of comic material in this brisk tale spanning the worlds of experimental theater and illegal immigration. While he'd rather be at work renovating the old farmhouse that he and his lover, psychiatrist Susan, have bought in nearby Concord, Spenser agrees to find out who is following the Artistic Director of the Port City Theater Company, on whose board of directors Susan sits. The detective is utterly bored by a performance of the latest production in Port City, "a town 50% Portuguese and 50% Chinese"--until one of the actors is fatally shot from the audience. The shooter gets away, leaving Spenser with murder to probe as well. After talking to one of the board members, Spenser is warned out of Port City by the woman's husband, an important member of a Boston tong. The threat prompts a call to his old pals Hawk and Vinnie, who, he notes, blend in to the theatrical scene "like two coyotes at a poultry festival." As Spenser discovers that the influx of Chinese illegals into the area is being overlooked by the Port City Chief of Police, an actress in the company reports that she too is being followed. Another murder and a kidnapping occur before the mysteries are resolved and Spenser can get back to his sledgehammer. Although the detective lags in reaching a conclusion readers may have sussed out earlier, the expected pleasures of an adroit Spenser adventure are here in full supply. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The latest from the best-selling author of Paper Doll (Putnam, 1993) is a whodunit starring the redoubtable Spenser. According to the publicist, Parker breaks new ground with a truly ambitious plot.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 672 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 308 pages
  • Editeur : G.P. Putnam's Sons (1 juin 1995)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005F4AU7O
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One we reread often! 3 octobre 2000
Par Lisa Shea - Publié sur Amazon.com
Susan's on the board of the Port City Theater Company, and asks Spenser to help one of it's employees with a stalking problem. Spenser does, but finds no stalker. Then, during a show, one of the actors is shot. While questioning people, Spenser talks to a board member, which upsets her husband, who controls the Chinese gang in the area. So Spenser has no clues and the Chinese "Death Dragons" after him.
To complicate matters (if you believe they aren't already), another woman claims to be stalked, and then is kidnapped. The local police chief is no help, as he's in the "employ" of the Chinese.
Things wrap up in the end, but not after some unexpected plot twists and character development that is really stellar. Usually Spenser is just about fantastic writing and environments. This time Parker also put some solid work into developing the characters you meet, and the cultures involved.
On the downside, I think Parker was on an "annoying women" kick. This woman was TRULY annoying, although to make up for her, the Chinese translator they use is smart, resourceful, and brave.
Port City is very well described - you get a very good sense both of how it feels to wander its streets, and also of its history and people.
An interesting sideline, which provides nice counterpoint to the story, has the pair working on a house in Concord - pruning and ripping out the innards. In addition to Susan and Hawk, Spenser calls on the help of Vinnie - a mob friend (ex-main-man of Joe Broz) with amazingly fast gun draw. He has Farrel, the gay police officer help him out, too.
All in all, one of the greats in the Spenser lineup.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Spenser cleans up Port City 20 octobre 2001
Par Paul Skinner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Port City must be the most dreary place on planet Earth. I've never been there, but I feel like I have. Spenser somehow escaped pneumonia in this twisted thriller, not too mention being the #1 target of the Chinese mafia. This unusual story starts with a Greek theater director, who thinks he's being stalked. Then it takes off with murder, illegal immigration, and some whacky women. Spenser needs more help than Hawk can give him, so he finds a thug named Vinnie and a Chinese grad student to help him navigate through the streets of Port City in this curious adventure. The book reads well, and the plot twists keep you entertained. Robert Parker knows how to write a book that reads fast.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Demotic prose 24 mai 2005
Par Mary E. Sibley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Susan was on the board of the Port City Theater Company. Spenser was investigating. The artistic director, Demetrius Christopholous, was being followed. Susan and Spenser attended a performance. An actor was shot.

I guess from the photo on the back of the dust jacket, Spenser is the author's alter ego. Spenser spares few words in the telling of his stories. Both Spenser and his side-kick, Hawk, speak in clipped tones. Clearly the demotic style is effective. The reader doesn't feel smothered, manipulated.

Spenser tells the board the shooting is unusual, taking place in a crowded theater. The victim, Craig Sampson, had studied acting in New York and he had been fun. Port City, the site of a fish processing plant, has a bigger Chinatown than Boston. Spenser is threatened by the Chinese boss. Susan finds a translator for him at Harvard in the Asian Studies department. They go around to question some of the Chinese residents of Port City. When Spenser is confronted with five youths from the gang, Death Dragons, Hawk and another Spenser associate intervene. The police discover one of the boys is carrying an Uzi.

Some research discloses that the victim had served in the armed forces in Taiwan. Spenser is warned off the investigation by the Chief of Police. He learns that Rikki Wu, the boss's wife, probably brought the victim to the attention of the head of the theater group. Spenser visits a relative of the translator and learns of the smuggling of illegal aliens in Port City. When Mr. Wu is found dead, beaten, the ties between the Chief of Police and the tong unravel. Another woman, a surprising character under the circumstances, provides the glue.

This is a very strong entry in the Spenser series.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 entertaining and educational 3 décembre 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Whenever I read a Spenser/Hawk book I am picturing Robert Urich, who was unbeatable as that character in the t.v.'s series of Spenser. I miss him, but on to the story. Spenser is asked by Susan, his girl, to help find out who is stalking the director of the Port City Theater's Company, of which Susan is a trustee. He finds no stalker, but while watching the play, one of the cast is shot right in front of the audience and killed. Another woman claims that she is being stalked and yet they find no one stalking her and then he receives a tape of her tied to a chair and being held hostage. There is the Chinese mafia connection, as a large portion of Port City is Chinese and another of the trustees is Chinese with connections to them. Spenser is threatened by the boss and told not to come back or he will be killed and so enters Hawk and Vinnie for back up protection. The educational part is learning a little about the illegal immigration trafficking of the Chinese people. My favorite characters, as always, were Spenser and Hawk. I don't want to tell you too much more except that I did enjoy the book.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spenser in Chinatown on his most convoluted case 31 janvier 2001
Par Lawrance Bernabo - Publié sur Amazon.com
By the time you get to "Walking Shadow," the twenty-first Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, you expect there to be a certain escalation in the dangers confronting our hero. The clearest sign of that this particular time around the block is that Spenser needs the backup of both Hawk and Vinnie Morris the defrocked mobster. Having faced down billionaire eccentrics, syndicate bosses and homicidal maniacs, Spenser is now facing what might be his greatest danger, a Chinese tong. As with the life in the projects portrayed in "Double Deuces," Parker has been reading up on Chinese-American culture, continuing to expand Spenser's horizons. Certainly the extent to which this novel is concerned with the problems of illegal Chinese immigration makes it far and away the most socially conscious Spenser story. At one point Hawk tells Spenser this is the silliest case they have ever worked together, but by the end that proves most decidedly not to be true.
Susan Silverman, a board member of the Port City Theater Company, asks our hero to discover the identity of the figure in black who has been stalking the Artistic Director. During a performance of an obtuse play that makes "Waiting for Godot" a paragon of clear reason, a figure in black shoots dead one of the actors on stage. The square peg to be pounded into the round hole this time around is how these two acts are connected. After all, Spenser does not believe in coincidence, especially when he starts nosing around and is quickly threatened by the head of the tong. Toss into the mix the local chief of police, a former state cop who appears to have sold his good name to obtain a small measure of power in this world. "Walking Shadow" is probably the Spenser novel in which our hero seems most like a duck out of water, because, after all, this time around its Chinatown (supply your own dramatic music). Fortunately the man knows how to be patient. On the home front there is not much cooking in this novel (lots of sandwiches and picnic lunches), but Spenser and Susan are busy restoring a cottage for their weekends together where Pearl gets to chase squirrels. "Walking Shadow" is certainly an above average Spenser novel with some of Parker's better twists at the end of the ride.
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