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In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the…

by Otto Penzler (Editor)

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There were some great essays in here but the book was a little uneven. I don't think there was enough in depth reviews of his work. Some of the essays felt like they were repeating earlier essays and on a personal note I didn't care about Spenser and cooking. Still enjoyed the books. Brought back a lot offend memories of the earlier Spenser novels. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
An enjoyable and often enlightening look at one of my favorite literary heroes, Robert B. Parker's literate, liberal and lovable hard-boiled PI, Spenser (like the poet). As the subtitle tells us, these essays were written for the most part, by other "mystery" writers. Seriously? Parker didn't write "mysteries"; he wrote detective fiction, and so do most of these people. I have a couple other quibbles with the editors and publishers of this book (the term is "ward heelers" not "ward healers; the word for a reliable, uncomplaining performer of duty is "trouper", not "trooper"); but the content had me nodding in agreement, smiling with satisfaction, occasionally frowning in puzzlement (who knew there was a large body of readership who hate Susan and think Spenser would have been better off without her?) and making notes of authors in the genre that I need to explore for myself. Oh, and all you'all who can't bother to figure out whether Susan Silverman is a psychologist or a psychiatrist, and therefore use the terms interchangeably? Plllbbbbbbbt. She has a PhD, not a medical degree. So you can call her a "shrink", if you want to---Spenser sometimes does. But she isn't a psychiatrist. She doesn't dispense medications, and she herself is not dispensable.
Reviewed December 2013 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 1, 2017 |
Enjoyable essays about Spenser by contemporaries of Robert B. Parker ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jan 25, 2015 |
Reminded me why I really enjoyed the early Spenser novels> But I don't understand the continued adulation for the mid-career books, which began to look more and more like freshman comp class essays--big print, wide spacing and huge margins intended to make the novels look like a normal length work. For another detailed analysis of Spenser, you can read my book, _Booze and the Private Eye_ MacFarland 2004. :)
  ritaer | Apr 13, 2014 |
Great book of essays about Robert B. Parker's most famous character. It is a brilliant move to have the contributors to this volume reflect not only on their relationship with Parker himself, but also on their relationship to the character of Spenser. Parker was able to create a character that is remarkably real and relatable while simultaneously embodying the role of hero. The book is short on technical analysis (though what little there is is well-conceived), and long on admiration for the author and the character. It's a great way to mark the transition of Spenser into a second chapter of life inspired by Ace Atkins, whose essay is the strongest in this book. ( )
  crplotne | Jul 19, 2012 |
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Pays tribute to Spenser, and Parker, with affection, humor, and a deep appreciation for what both have left behind.

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