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The Professional (A Spenser Mystery) par [Parker, Robert B.]
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'If you are in the mood for a gumshoe thriller, you cannot do better than read The Professional ... the denouement is both unexpected and logical' --The Lady.

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Spenser has never had any difficulty handling women. But when four stunningly beautiful trophy wives hire him to protect them against a blackmailer threatening to expose their infidelities, even he must admit that they look like trouble.
For a private eye of Spenser's abilities and contacts, tracking down Gary Eisenhower, the blackmailer and serial adulterer, isn't too difficult - but almost in spite of himself Spenser finds that he quite likes the guy. Certainly the women, with their loose purse-strings and looser morals, and their loveless marriages to rich, powerful, corrupt men, are hard to feel sorry for.
But a killing soon changes the complexion of the case, and draws Spenser into the world of Boston's monied aristocracy: a world of corruption, vice and murder. As the bodies start to pile up, Spenser must decide which of his friends he can trust.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 316 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (1 juillet 2010)
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Compelling stuff, one of the best Spenser books yet.
Lots of action, fast paced, with excellent shots of humour.
Truly enjoyable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A page turner, typical of Parker's genius 8 octobre 2016
Par Jeff Wignall - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I have always loved Robert B. Parker's writing, and in particular the Spenser series, so I'm pretty much a fan of his books before I open the covers. This is not his strongest book (I like "Hugger Mugger" and "Potshot" off the top of my head), but it's very good and it's interesting in that I don't agree with Spenser's assessment of whether the lead villain is doing right or wrong: Spenser doesn't seem to see the harm in some of what this guy is doing which is surprising since Spenser was once a cop and a crime is a crime is a crime. Still, the writing is typically excellent and Parker keeps the pages turning despite the fact that not a lot happens in each chapter. And that's the mark, I think, of a first-class writer: he or she can keep the writing moving forward at a good clip without a ton of action or violence. I found that this book just breezed along and I think that it shows just how polished and elegant (and sparse) Parker's writing is when he's completely on his game. I loved the book despite some of my philosophical differences with Spenser and I'm in awe of Parker's writing genius. This may seem like a pretty simple style of writing, but being a writer myself, I can tell you that simplicity is the toughest thing to create. When you use fewer words, each word you use matters more.

A great book, a great read, Parker is the best.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Who's the professional? 20 novembre 2010
Par Melvin Anderson - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Books fall into many categories, one of which is crime. This specialty is further broken down into many sub-species, a few of which are police procedurals, who-done-its, private investigators and others. Robert B. Parker has chosen the private investigator for one of his series of novels, in particular, Spenser, further differentiated into the hard-boiled investigator type. To further differentiate it, Spenser is a former cop who maintains contact and friendship with officials from the city and state police and the FBI. These officials are so impressed with Spenser they cooperate with him in his investigations, sometimes even withdrawing from areas in which Spenser is interested and letting him proceed on his own, maybe even encouraging him since he can do things they are constitutionally forbidden from doing so a solution can be found. The private investigator is often paid by some other character in the book to do some work for him beyond what the official police would do. "The Professional" starts out in this way.
Spenser is contacted by a lawyer who wants to hire him to investigate a man who has seduced a group of married women and is now blackmailing them to keep from telling their husbands about his successful seductions. Threats and physical violence do not seem to be successful and publicly revealing their affairs is the last thing these women want for then their husbands would know. Spenser meets the seducer and likes the man. Four women are involved, none of whom can go to the cops and reveal her affair for then the others would be revealed. This seducer has already been jailed for his blackmail in another case that Spenser tracks down and thus shows his willingness to do so again if necessary.
Spenser pulls in some favors, or tries to and finally manages to get Gary Eisenhower to decide not to have sex with the gang Spenser is representing, mainly by appealing to Gary's sense of ethics. This is only one of a series of names he uses, Spenser learns a lot of them. And then the killings start. When a book is written with a private investigator, its ending is indeterminate since what the P. I. is after determines what the ending should be. Now with the murders Spenser wants more than just the blackmailing to end, he wants the murders to stop and maybe more, have the murderer caught. Parker pulls a switch again with this book, do the police ever know who the murderer was and how it all stopped? I do not wish to spoil the book, read it and form your own opinion. The book is interesting enough.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Closing on the Parker series 20 mars 2017
Par JPeers - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Next to last in the Robert Parker Spenser series. Constantly concise, droll and engaging. Well worth reading, especially the relationships he describes.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Always good 1 mars 2017
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Can't beat a Spenser story, keeps you going to every page to see what happens next, all kinds of action and romance
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Professional 13 décembre 2011
Par Leona S. Hill - Publié sur
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I postponed reading The Professional for a longtime, because I had read all the other Spenser novels and I knew that once I read this one there would be no more. That made me very sad. It hurt that Robert Parker died before I discovered him, and I wasn't able to write him to tell him how much joy his writing had brought to my life and the lives of so many others.
I enjoyed The Professional as much as I enjoyed all the others, and was particularly pleased that he included Hawk in the story, as I am so captivated by such an amazing fictional character.
One reviewer commented that Parker had feminized Hawk in this story, using as an example Hawk's revelation that he was reading Janet Evanovich's latest novel. One thing I love about Parker's novels is that he seems to take pleasure in dropping comments that could have double meanings, that are deliberately ambiguous. Sometimes it's seems like there's something he wants to say, but can't bring himself to, so he drops fascinating, mystifying hints that you can't get out of your mind. Or at least I can't.
I strongly suspected that there was something else behind the Janet Evanovich insertion and not the feminizing of Hawk. I realize that anyone who had not read Janet Evanovich may automatically assume her books were "chick" novels. I had not read her, so I found some and read them. I was stunned! Her writing became popular many years after Parker's, yet her style is so exactly like his that some paragraphs, if you did not know they were written by her, you would think you were reading Robert Parker. She even uses some of his exact statements, or comments, like: "There's that." and "Don't you just hate it when that happens?" and the gesture of using the thumb and forefinger as a pistol and saying "Bang." She even had a character she called "Ranger" who in the first few books was a very close imitation of Hawk until he began to take on a personality of his own. If, in one of her books, I came across the statement, "We'd be fools not to," that would have been pretty much the last straw.
The point I am getting at is that Parker was not feminizing Hawk. He was saying something else without saying it. I believe that, even though Janet Evanovich is a very talented writer and has a marvelous sense of humor, she studied Parker very closely and learned her writing style from Parker.
And then there's Susan Silverman. She is despicable to me; one of the most annoying, detestable characters I've ever read about, yet I think I enjoy Parker's books for that reason as well as any of the others. She's one of these people you love to hate. I despise her ill treatment of Spenser as much as I despise his adoration of her.
And Spenser's relationship with Hawk is the most mystifying, most fascinating aspect of all the Spenser stories. I've tried so hard to figure out what Parker wanted to say here, and never said. In one of the books a woman asked Spenser, "The Black man, what is he to you?"
Spenser said, "My friend."
She said, "Is that all?"
He said, "No, there is much more, but I don't know what it is."
My God, that's fascinating!
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