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Bad Business par [Parker, Robert B.]
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Spenser #31 finds the veteran Boston PI tackling corporate crime in a routine yet absorbing outing. As usual, Spenser enters the case at an angle, this time because he's hired by one Marlene Rowley to prove that her husband Trent, CFO of energy firm Kinergy, is cheating on her. Before long the PI learns that marital cheating is all the rage among Kinergy's players, with the hanky-panky orchestrated by radio personality Darrin O'Mara, who runs popular sex seminars on the side. Maybe all that cheating explains why Spenser keeps running into other PIs hired by Kinergy folk, but it doesn't point to why Trent is found shot dead at Kinergy headquarters. Spenser links Kinergy's slick founder/CEO to the sex ring and blackmails him to gain access to Kinergy's records, unveiling a pattern of accounting deceptions that reveal a company about to go under. There's less violence than usual in this Spenser novel but more detecting, which may explain why there's little of the PI's tough sidekick Hawk but much of his psychologist girlfriend Susan, which may not please the many Spenser fans who grew tired years ago of the love banter between the soul mates. The novel ends with suspects crowded into a room to be questioned by Spenser, a classic yet tired climax that is emblematic of the tale: Parker is treading water here, albeit with some flair and a good deal of humor. One suspects that his heart belongs not to this story but to his other book due out this year, in May, the highly anticipated Jackie Robinson novel Double Play.
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The CEO of Kinergy, a wildly successful energy-trading company, has his eye on the White House rather than his business. Meanwhile, trusted senior executives are cooking the books and makin' whoopie in a spouse-swapping setup engineered by a free-love radio talk show host. Bad business, indeed! Robert B. Parker's writing has never been never sharper, matching an engaging plot with Spenser's famous razor-sharp one-liners. Joe Mantegna, who plays Spenser in the made-for-cable Spenser movies, does a great job giving vocal identity to each of the odd assortment of good guys, bad guys, and ladies of questionable character, using pace and emotion to effectively separate one from another. In this 31st Spenser novel, Parker is still on his game, and Spenser is still the same irrepressible Spenser. T.J.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 342 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0425199576
  • Editeur : No Exit Press (26 avril 2013)
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Les romans de Robert Parker Spenser sont caractérisés par l'esprit, sarcastique de dialogue entre les personnages. Même si l'intrigue est faible, la façon dont ils parlent entre eux offre toujours un niveau élevé de divertissement. Dans cette histoire, Marlene Crowley embauche Spenser pour suivre son mari afin de déterminer se il est tricher sur elle. Son nom est Trent Crowley et il est Chief Financial Officer (CFO) au Kinergy, l'une des entreprises les plus dynamiques autour. Ce est une société de négoce d'énergie et passé de très petite à une puissance apparente. Robert Cooper, le PDG de Kinergy et d'un heureux virage d'experts, a des visées sur une course pour le Sénat des États-Unis, alors il veut garder son image aussi propre que possible.
Lorsque Trent Crowley est assassiné dans les locaux KINERGY, les choses changent. En outre, Spenser trouve une guirlande de véritable échange de femmes et détectives privés suivante maris et femmes. Comme d'habitude, Spenser fait des ennemis, dont l'un est Gavin, chef de la sécurité au Kinergy. Lorsque Gavin est tué, il semble y avoir aucune raison pour les meurtres. Cependant, Spenser finalement détermine l'identité des meurtriers, au milieu de la découverte supplémentaire qui Kinergy est un château de cartes. Les cadres supérieurs ont été graduellement vendent leur stock en prévision qu'il deviendra rapidement presque sans valeur. La fin ne est pas un grand dramatique, car il n'y a pas de fusillade, juste Spenser poinçonnage un homme.
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Author Robert B. Parker (RBP) and his readers surely have grown older since Spenser's first appearance in print in the 1970s. But Spenser and his universe (Hawk, Susan Silverman, a few cool policemen and minor heroes from other adventures living in other states, conveniently summarized in this volume) have not, except for the addition of a fierce watch- and attack dog of German provenance, to SS's home. This volume deals, of course, with multiple killings and disappearances caused partly by corporate fraud. It appears to be based loosely on the ENRON-affair and describes some of the weird accounting rules that have caused so much financial and economic mayhem years later. For his pre-sight, congratulations to RBP. The intrigue also includes human frailty in the form of wife swapping and prostitution, organised somehow by people linked to the main issue.
RBP always makes writing look easy. The hero characters stick to their habits and routines and continue to feel happy with themselves and each other. They have become formats and are recycled again and again, in book after book. It is up to the bad guys and -girls to lend colour and passion to his books. "Bad Business" is a passionately East Coast, politically-correct account of crimes committed in an enlightened, permissive environment. It is an entertaining reading experience and given the short chapters, it is "put down-able". It is not/never a page turner, because RBP's superior cast of heroes never shows weakness nor allows for doubt about the outcome. Surely, the earlier Spenser novels had more anger and violence. Recommended easy reading during long flights.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Trading Energy and Partners 9 novembre 2005
Par Marc Ruby™ - Publié sur
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Robert Parker has a certain love for ironic plots. Bad Business, with its cluster of detectives following various spouses to determine who is cheating whom, is full of irony and misdirection. Spenser is hired by the wife of one executive to follow her husbands who seems to have hired another detective to... Well, you get the idea - open marriages gone psychotic.

Or so it would seem. But when murder begins to become a part of the shenanigans Spenser realizes that something more important is at stake in a story that picks up on the Enron scandals and then stands loyalty and faithfulness on its head. Kinergy has its own variations on corporate corruption, and layered on top of this is a talk show host who wants to maximize bed sharing.

Of course, Susan Silverman, Pearl the Wonder Dog II, and Hawk put in regular appearances so that us Spenser junkies will get our filp of flip and sarcastic dialog. After all, it is Parker's wizardry with dialog that keeps us coming back. Even if the story is a bit frail, the players make up for it time and again.

Spenser is the last true knight of Boston. He still compulsively comes to the rescue and can't stand to see a woman cry. The times change in these novels, but the main characters remain stable and attractive as if they lived in a time line all there own. And frankly, I can never resist them.

My one complaint with any Spenser novel is that it is too short. Parker's writing ability draws the reader through the book at lightning speed, and it's all too easy to finish them in one or two sittings. On the other hand, they never cloy, and are often just the right length to refresh one after reading too many serious stories.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dialogue makes the book... 28 février 2005
Par Cynthia K. Robertson - Publié sur
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When an author is as prolific as Robert B. Parker, some books are going to be better than others. Bad Business, the 31st book in his Spenser series, is better than many of his later efforts.

Marlene Rowley hires Spenser to tail her husband, who she suspects of having an affair. Husband, Trent, is a big executive at an energy company called Kinergy (think Enron). It quickly becomes apparent that Spenser isn't the only PI following people around, and when Trent ends up murdered (in his Kinergy office no less), Marlene then engages Spenser to find the killer. Marlene is totally obnoxious and self-centered, and is not an easy person to work for. Spenser encountered lots of twists and turns, and not only is there the business angle, but there are also sex seminars, wife-swapping, an escort service, missing PI's, another murder and a host of other possible motives.

But what makes Parker so much fun to read is his witty, snappy, first-rate dialogue. Spenser interviewing possible suspects is a hoot. The conversation between Spenser and Hawk is even better. So even though this book could have been a bit longer, it was definitely worth reading. Too bad they stopped filming the Spenser television series, as Bad Business would have made one dandy episode.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Spenser, Hawk, Vinnie and Susan solve another one 9 septembre 2005
Par C. D Smith - Publié sur
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I always look forward to the latest Spenser novel coming out in paperback. "Bad Business" does not disappoint. The bad guys are bad, some of the good guys used to be bad, and we continue to see the same smart-ass one liners that Spenser and Hawk come up with. I'm always in a better mood when I read a Spenser novel; the fast pacing and wisecracking just keep me going. The friend who turned me on to this series has the same trait. He named one of his sons Spenser, he likes the series so much. I read this one over a period of 4 days. It paints a smarmy image of corporate politics points to an "Enron"-like company as the source of a group of high management people who are involved in a sex swap group activity as a way to "free" themselves. I think this part of the plot was contrived, but I still enjoyed the fast pace and Spenser and CO. dealing with it. This one goes on the bookshelf on the opposite of The Godwulf Manuscript, and 20 something more Spenser paper backs occupy the space between. If you like Spenser novels, you'll enjoy this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Predictably good 10 mai 2004
Par Richard B. Schwartz - Publié sur
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It is hard to conceive of a bad Parker novel. By now his skills are so honed, his characters so familiar, his dialogue so effortless, his sense of place so assured and his plots so polished that he is the safest buy in crime fiction.
This is good, average Parker, with very deft depiction of the accounting scams motivating the crime. As others have noted, the Enron parallels are explicit, there is too much Susan and too little action. Still, we buy the books and enjoy them.
We all continue to wonder, however, what Parker could do if he really put his mind to it, sent Susan and Pearl, incommunicado, to the farthest reaches of the globe, and focused on Hawk and Vinnie in a good old fashioned bloodfest. That might be his gift to his faithful readers for enduring the kissy face, dainty eating, cutesy-poo talk and dog slobber all these years.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Good, the Bad, the Snarly.... 15 avril 2004
Par Elizabeth - Publié sur
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If you are new to Spenser, start with an earlier book, such as "Looking for Rachel Wallace," or what I consider his very best, "Paper Doll." You could also start at the beginning and work your way through all 31, and have a very nice time. But by no means should you begin your Spenser adventure with this book.
The plot is energetic but quite confusing - an Enron-like company pulling fiscal scams, all mixed up with some headache-inspiring spouse-swapping frenzy, huh? - but the real disappointment is, there is no one to care about here. Parker delivers his usual wit and wisdom, and that is what his fans love - the crisp dialogue, the social commentary, the gleeful puncturing of society's various bubbles. It helps to have visits from nearly every character we love (Hawk, Vinnie, Rita, and Susan who sort of grows on you) but this book lacks a crucial something that his earlier works had in abundance: sympathetic people, whether clients or others, whom you could cheer for, and bad people whom you could truly hate. I found myself having difficulty telling one supporting character from another, and by the end - when the only really bad dude is reduced to hissing like a lizard when he's caught - I didn't care how it ended, as long as it ended soon. It was kind of embarrasing, hiss hiss.
Spenser is always, always worth a read, even in a confusing mess like this. But for most people, it's probably a good idea to just take this one out of the library. I've already given my copy away, leaving me one book short of a complete set. I just don't care.
Many books ago, in "Walking Shadow," (which, in my opinion, was the first book where Parker's cracks began to show) Hawk had a wonderful line that went something like, "This is the silliest thing you ever got me involved in." I kept waiting for Hawk to say something like that in this one (pointless sexual tangles, fakes and double-fakes with the stock market, an open-marriage advocate/talk show host in love with a... Well I don't want to spoil it, whatever it is), but he didn't. The plot of "Walking Shadow" was clear and grounded compared to this. Maybe Hawk should walk off and start his own series, and replace the Spenser clones Jesse Stone (young male clone) and Sunny Randall (female clone). Most of us who are die-hard Spenser fans would follow Hawk anywhere.
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