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Early Autumn (1981)

by Robert B. Parker

Series: Spenser (7)

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A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own. With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.… (more)



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Interesting coming of age novel told from the point of view of a busybody middle aged tough guy for the benefit of a dancing fool.
Don't get me wrong, it was fun. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Good one, this is the one that introduces Paul ( )
  nateshow | Apr 10, 2020 |
Gosh this one was fun; the best book in this series so far. Spenser decides to save a teenager whose parents mostly use him for a pawn in their divorce games. The salvation project involves building a cabin, listening to Red Sox games, attending the ballet, and weightlifting. This causes some stress in Spenser's relationship with Suze, but that gets straightened out in the end. ( )
  joeldinda | Jan 24, 2019 |
My favorite of the Spenser books, by far. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
Oh, this was always my favorite one. ( )
  kateschmidt | Oct 20, 2018 |
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For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect and admiration of their father, who grew up with them.
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The urban renewers had struck again.
 "When all your options are lousy," I said, "you try to choose the least lousy." [p. 28]
"... Too much positive is either scared or stupid or both. Reality is uncertain. Lot of people need certainty. ... They spend their lives trying to be what they're supposed to be and being scared they aren't. Quiet desperation." [pp. 139-140]
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