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Small Vices (1997)

by Robert B. Parker

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Series: Spenser novels (24)

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Longer and more complicated and hence, even more betterer (so to speak). This was interesting as it mentioned quite often how long Spenser and Susan have been together (about 20 years) with no real mention of them aging at all. Susan expresses a desire to adopt a child but it isn't clear if that is because she is too old to have her own or what. Spenser and Susan get through that, as well as a near deadly shooting and I have a feeling that the Man in the Grey Suit appears again. I also thought Pemberton was Wellesley but I'm not so sure now.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Very good book that moved fast. Enjoyable storyline even though it's very a contentious one that involves racial injustice and the super rich. I can always depend on Parker to deliver a good story. ( )
  KeishonT | May 1, 2014 |
Possibly the best book in the Spenser series. A hired gun almost kills Spenser. BIG mistake. The cops and crooks unite on this one. Lookout, Grey Man. Fun to reread this and "Cold Service" back to back. ( )
  losttexan | Jul 30, 2012 |
I'm a huge fan of the dry wit and repartee so I enjoyed this as much as the others. ( )
  shelleyraec | May 9, 2011 |
Relatively straight-forward story with a lot of familiar characters making guest appearances. The most interesting thing about it is the question at the end. Kinda like is it better to catch soulless vampires or people who do bad things but still have a soul? ( )
  raizel | Apr 28, 2011 |
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Through tattered clothes small vices do appear;
Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
Arm it in rags, a pygmy's straw does pierce it.
---King Lear
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For Joan: You may have been a headache, but you've never been a bore.
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The last time I saw Rita Fiore she'd been an assistant DA with red hair, first-rate hips, and more attitude than an armadillo.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425162486, Mass Market Paperback)

While the rest of us grow older, Spenser seems suspended in perpetual early middle age. Oh, he talks about getting older, but his body is still firm, his muscles toned, and his reflexes are still hair-trigger fine. Even so, it is Spenser's body that betrays him when he is almost killed by an assassin's bullet two-thirds of the way through Robert B. Parker's latest Spenser adventure, Small Vices. Hired to discover the truth behind a doubtful murder conviction, Spenser soon runs afoul of "the Gray Man," who eventually shoots and partially paralyzes him. Spenser, his stalwart girlfriend Susan, and his almost mythical friend Hawk then hole up in Santa Barbara until the detective can get back on his feet again.

There's never any doubt that Spenser will get back on his feet, or that he will eventually track down the man who shot him and solve the mystery that started the whole ball rolling in the first place. What makes the Spenser mysteries interesting is Spenser himself, the thinking person's private eye, a man of honor and of conscience who understands that every action has consequences.

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The bad kid from the 'hood has a long, long record, but did he really murder the white coed from ritzy Pemberton College? His former lawyers believe that he was framed, and they hire Spenser and Hawk to uncover the truth. Plumbing the depths of the seamy side of life, they encounter a no man's land of twisted cops and spoiled rich kids with peculiar private proclivities. When a master assassin's bullet takes Spenser down, he survives the attack but remains dead to the world, plotting to pay back his shooter while recovering his strength in secret. From the back streets of Boston to Manhattan's most elegant thoroughfares, Small vices delivers both galvanizing action, suspense and a complex meditation on morality and mortality in the blend that legions of Spenser fans recognize and appreciate.… (more)

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