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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.Lire la suite ›
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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).
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.
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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