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Crimson Joy par [Parker, Robert B.]
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Longueur : 306 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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From Publishers Weekly

The hero of Parker's bestsellers and a popular TV series, Boston private eye Spenser tells his 15th story, this time about events that affect him personally as well as his psychologist lover Susan Silverman and their buddy, Hawk. A husband murders his wife imitating the "Red Rose Killer," a serial murderer who has been leaving a rose on the corpses of his victims, middle-aged black women. When the spouse admits his guilt, government higher-ups assure feminist and ethnic pressure groups that the elusive maniac has been caught: case closed. But Spenser's friends in homicide, angered by the cover-up, enlist him and Hawk in an unofficial investigation that seems to implicate some of Susan's patients. Resenting the intrusion on her professional territory, Susan nevertheless cooperates. Spenser and Hawk, as guards, are therefore present during the psychologist's session with the dreaded but pitiable killer and the ensuing tense, final scene. Parker's biting wit, onomatopoetic dialogue and convincing characters are again notable attractions. So are details on the ambience of Boston and environs, except for one slip surprising in so accurate an author: discussions of the possibility of electrocution in Massachusetts, where there is no capital punishment. Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Tightly constructed prose and well-paced action characterize this exciting entry in the famous Spenser series. Psychotherapist Susan Silverman appropriates a more central role when a serial murderer turns out to be one of her clients. Working with two out-of-favor policemen to trap the suspect, Spenser and Hawk protect the independent Susan while she confronts the killer. Parker skillfully weaves Susan's objective theorizing, Spenser's mot juste narrative, and the killer's subjective emotions into fascinating psychological interplay. Smoother, better focused, and less cryptic than last year's Pale Kings and Princes . REK
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3392 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Editeur : Dell (2 septembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002TXZS5S
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Un tueur en série est sur le lâche; il lie ses victimes féminines noires, les bandes nu, colle son arme dans leur vagin et appuie sur la gâchette. Une fois, il commet l'acte, il se masturbe et laisse une rose rouge à longue tige avec la victime. Après trois meurtres, Belson et Quirk obtiennent nulle part et ils ont une forte suspicion que le tueur est un flic. Par conséquent, ils appellent en faveurs et recrutent Spenser pour les aider dans le cas. Il respecte et a les mêmes soupçons. Le tueur se moque Quirk pour essayer de lui et les médias de nouvelles et les politiciens locaux se réunissent tous pour la clameur attraper, de soulever la question de la race.
Ils souffrent d'un revers quand un homme noir essaie de se en tirer avec de tuer sa femme en effectuant une assassiner copycat. Il ne fait pas exactement à la perfection et Quirk et Belson facilement reconnaître la situation. Cependant, le peuple supérieur sont plus qu'heureux de croire que tous les cas sont résolus. Quirk et Belson puis prendre un «congé» pour continuer leur recherche.
La situation prend une tournure immédiate à une plus grande immédiateté quand un homme tente de se introduire dans l'appartement de Susan Silverman. Spenser est là, lui se bat au large, mais son orgueil souffre un coup quand l'homme est capable de sauter par-dessus une clôture et se éloigner tout Spenser est incapable pour l'effacer. L'agresseur laisse aussi derrière une rose et tue les poissons de Susan.
L'homme est un client de Susan, et ce fait est bientôt découvert par Susan, Spenser et Hawk.
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Hunt for a Boston serial killer
Thrillers about serial killers became quite popular in the 1980s and a seasoned private eye like Spenser cannot be taken seriously unless he solves a case too. In fact, the Boston PD, esp. Lt. Quirk and Sgt. Belson want him on the team when the killer claims he is with the police himself, possibly compromising investigations. He kills in a gruesome, ritualistic manner and leaves a red rose with each victim, who are black women in their forties. Then, a false confession and the plot thickens. And Susan Silverman soon to find herself in mortal danger...
One reason for Robert B. Parker’s success with female readers is the improbable LAT love pact between ex-orphan, -boxer, -cop Spenser and Jewish psychotherapist Susan. Here, their different professional codes clash and threaten to wreck their cuddly lifestyle and relationship. The rest of Spenser’s universe consists of mysterious, elegant and violent Hawk, a few policemen and journalists, a gym owner and a posse of nameless owners of deli’s, health food and produce businesses. Otherwise, Spenser and Susan are devout East Coast liberals and likeable snobs with their endless love talk serving as padding, as so many other set pieces. Here, Spenser’s moaning about his fears of coffee, begun five novels ago, continue.
Finally, is this a scary thriller? By today’s standards of the sub-genre, Spenser’s small team conducted investigations quite intelligently. Putting the thoughts of a serial killer in italics enhanced tension, but shows readers early on that he is not a brilliant monster. Recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The absolute master of dialogue in this genre. 29 novembre 2016
Par FLAtRich - Publié sur
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Robert B. Parker. The absolute master of dialogue in this genre. If you're a Spenser fan, this one won't let you down. If you haven't read Parker, this is as good a place to start as any (unlike many authors nowadays, it is not necessary to read Parker's novels in any particular order.) I am close to being able to say I've read them all and I've never read one I didn't like. Same goes for his Jesse Stone novels and those two or three amazing westerns. Oh, and yes, Hawk is in this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 SOMBRE IS, AS SOMBRE DOES... 28 août 2013
Par Greggorio! - Publié sur
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A violent, sadistic serial killer is stalking the women of Boston and the first four victims are all black. Naturally the residents of this fair city assume the violence is race based but readers of this unique tale are in for a major lesson in psychiatry as the solution to the case is revealed. Moreover, early indications are that the killer is in fact a cop (*gasps*) which justifies the strong and long term roles played by Quirk and his uniformed associates right throughout the tale.

This story is unique in the Spenser series as it is without the trademark cynicism and humour normally found when reading of the adventures of Spenser and Hawk. In this book, Boston is a cold, wet city lost in the grip of fear. As a bonus Mr Parker has taken the liberty of providing the reader with some singularly beautiful pieces of dialogue ...

" was one of those deceptive days in April when it seems like spring and the wind is a velvet conceit on the lingering reality of winter..." (Taken from location 865 of the kindle version)

And pertaining to the status of our modern day lovers...

"...because I love you," I said. "Because you are in my life like the music at the end of silence."

(Taken from location 1772 of the kindle version)

Susan's role in CRIMSON JOY is her standard one. That is, not only does she present her stunningly beautiful persona but her intellectual inputs to the reading experience are worth the price of admission alone.

The solution is completely satisfying and the suspense is high quite near the end when a much loved character becomes the assumed target of the story's villain. Spenser saves the day, once again.

But the real hero of the story is Robert B Parker.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Crimson Joy 2 septembre 2011
Par Leona S. Hill - Publié sur
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The first thing I noticed and liked about this "Spenser" book was that it was 292 pages, one of the longer ones. Then I was delighted that Hawk played an active role in the story--always a plus.
A severely psychotic serial killer, a white man, is killing Black women in Spenser's hometown of Boston, and Quirk and Belson of the Boston PD request Spenser's help. Conveniently, Spenser is not bound by the rules required of a police officer. He can break into places without a warrant, harass people, exchange favors with mobsters, all kinds of fun things.
When the serial killer gets too interested in Susan Silverman, Spenser's girlfriend, the job becomes personal. Yet before the story ends the killer is eliciting Spenser's pity, and probably the readers' as well.
Susan Silverman, the woman Spenser puts so high on a pedestal she probably needs to wear an oxygen tank, is detestable. She is vain, self-centered, insensitive and materialistic, with a Ph-D from Harvard, which she never lets Spenser forget. She says degrading things to him which are supposed to be taken as jokes, daintily picks at her food, sips and nibbles in such an affected way, that it makes me wish I could reach into the book and smack her upside the head. In several stories her pigheadedness and determination to have her own way have put Spenser and Hawk in life and death situations for which she never seems to feel any guilt. I would be delighted if she did not exist.
I've read most of the thirty-something Spenser novels. I've not read one I did not thoroughly enjoy--some a little more than others. Crimson Joy may be one of the better ones.
There is an enigmatic thread in regard to Spenser and Hawk's relationship that runs through all the stories. It becomes more profound, or at least is emphasized more as the stories progress. Crimson Joy is one of the stories in which this unfathomable connection is particularly noticeable. They appear to be more than friends, more than brothers, lack the physical connection to be lovers, yet they seem to be a combination of all these things. They trust each other unconditionally. Their respect for each other borders on idolatry. They would die for each other, and have proven their willingness to do so any number of times. Hawk almost always calls Spenser "Babe" (in A Catskill Eagle he even called him "Honey"), Susan once made a snide remark about them eloping together, and in Crimson Joy when Hawk made a remark that a woman was falling in love with him, Spenser said, "I don't blame her." There are many other such examples. Yet they are both wild about women. The undefinable bond between them is one of the important reasons I have been drawn to the Spenser novels.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A delightful read! 13 juin 2017
Par oldschool shopper - Publié sur
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Great suspence and very engaging. Spenser is always a delight to read!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Red and Green Do Not Always Mean Christmas. 10 mars 2007
Par Linda G. Shelnutt - Publié sur
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This time the reader was grabbed by the neck and held for a while as CRIMSON JOY opened onto an in progress investigation of a fresh murder scene of the Red Rose killer's "signature." From there the plot ran relentlessly into the seamless consequences and serious carnivals of media, political, and social "consciousness" pushes polluting professional pursuits of a serial killer. Parker had precisely pegged the gestalt of this "scene" and its take-off sidelines, with this # 15 in the Spenser series featuring the king pin of Boston homicide detectives, Lieutenant Quirk. Serving as his posse were Sergeant Belson, Spenser, Susan, and Hawk.

Presented on page 67 of the current mass market paperback, was one of the most cleanly accurate dialogues I've read of the position and essential attitude of a professional police person in charge of such a situation. Quirk, the good-guy cop (those types do exist), was confronted by representatives of the worst examples of human self-enhancement posed as social consciousness, from a shark-frenzied media, higher-echelon police presence, racial political-punk, religious frock, and feminist frizz ("The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly," exist in each of those Rings).

And the mad-cap chase was on.

Realistically, though, with Parker unable to present it any other way, this type of investigation gets nowhere fast, through grueling, non-stop, prime effort of dedicated noses sniffing dirt, and grinding stones.

(I worked for a couple months in 1985 in Portland, Oregon and Tacoma, Washington, with a couple private detectives trying to pick up the Green River Killer's trail. I'm still not sure what trail we were following, but it didn't give a successful conclusion at that time, fast, slow, or otherwise. Ann Rule recently published a flawlessly professional book, GREEN RIVER, RUNNING RED, about that horrifying nightmare's various trails and conclusions.)

So, the chase was on, in CRIMSON JOY. The actual investigation (in this Spenser novel) had begun effectively and efficiently a day or two prior to the rush (even though getting nowhere fast is the result for a frustratingly long time for heroic pursuers in this reality "show") and would continue relentlessly, in spite of being watched by a carnival of the calculated concern of users of the situation. Observing through Spenser's eyes those humans who pose primely (and primly) in pseudo-self-righteousness while they're using a serial killing arena to further professional, social, or personal causes; I was wondering (as directed by Parker's crisply chosen words) where the evil of rankest stench stewed. Was it in the killer, in his background, or in the foreground of the words: "We're watching you, Quirk, to be sure you do your job to the specifications of our suck-power interests."

As anyone who has read even a few pages of a Spenser novel would know, he has a nose to sniff the goods on anything, even in innocent seeding phases of personal rot. Hold your noses, folks, and dive in. Before taking the riveting descent, however, be aware of your time, place, and reading pose. You might not be leaving that setting before you crack the book's spine in the middle. Not to worry about time as much as muscle strain. The reading speed could be near double your norm for a Spenser novel, and the sinew tension should be set and held by the third line.

This plot is cold, as it should be. It's not over shocked; yet it's true to base reality, as it should be. Having read and reviewed the first 14 and a few of the later Spenser novels, I would expect no less from this author honoring through prime literature, sub-cultural significance in three pivotal decades of human evolution.

CRIMSON JOY is another insightful winner in the Spenser annals, not only flawlessly featuring all the above, but also allowing Spenser and Susan's relationship to culture-out cleanly in the heat of overlap of their personal and professional lives, as they slosh as a team in the middle of this carnival's sewers.

It's interesting to me, from our current temporal perspective, to note the original copyright date of each Spenser novel. I then note the fact that a book is usually conceived and written a year or two prior to the copyright date, around situations which had begun brewing a year or so prior to a novel's conception. Most often, in the case of an established, successful author, that manuscript would have been published around a year after the copyright date. Of course, in this Third Millennium these time frames are in flux, getting wherever faster.

Linda Shelnutt
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