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Bad Business by Robert B. Parker

Bad Business

by Robert B. Parker

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Series: Spenser (31)

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Mr. Parker's writing is like a cuddling up under your favorite blanket and watching an old movie. You know what to expect, but that is a good thing sometimes. ( )
  FrancineZane | Mar 18, 2016 |
Bad Business is the 31st (!!) novel by Robert B. Parker featuring Boston private detective Spenser. This one, unlike many of the others, is an actual who-done-it of the Agatha Christie form. It features many of Spenser’s sub-characters, notably Hawk, Vinnie Morris, and Boston homicide detective Healy, all acting in their usual macho-competent roles. Susan Silverman is also present, and not as cloying as she can be.

When a woman hires Spenser to see if he is cheating on her, Spenser discovers that the husband has hired his own p.i. to check up on his wife. It gets more complicated from there.

This one is better crafted and more suspenseful than most Parker novels (which sounds like quite a complement), but it is also pretty repetitive in its themes and the tone of its conversations. For Parker fans (and I count myself among them), it delivers what we have come to expect, but maybe is just a little too much like all the others in the series.

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  nbmars | Jan 5, 2016 |
I happened to be listening to the audiobook of this 2004 Spenser novel at the same time I was reading a 1982 Spenser novel and, well, I became utterly depressed at the clear decline of the series. I guess I shouldn't abuse an author as prolific as Parker over slacking--who wouldn't get lazy?--but this cliched, repetitive, and downright dull entry into the series was a bit of a wake up call. Maybe I should just stop in the 80s. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
I apologize for saying anything about much of a muchness. This one was a goodie, with an Enron style scandal and enough twists and turns to dazzle and enjoy. The new Pearl seems to be settling in and Vinnie may have found an admirer in Adele, as well as the introduction of Cecile, who will be gone by the next time but still seems a cool character.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Another Parker novel within a month of each other. Too soon, a couple of months would be bette to get your mind to reset. A silly, murder murder, wife swap wife swap story with a little too much cutsie pie banter to suit me. ( )
  repb | Jan 16, 2014 |
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One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to follow a cheating husband, only to cross paths with a detective hired to tail the two-timing wife. They aren't the most trusting couple in town, but as it turns out, they are the most dangerous.

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A cheating husband and a wayward wife provide Spenser with an unconventional and dangerous surveillance job. When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband, Trent, is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: Not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption. It seems the folks in the Cowley's circle have become enamored of radio talk-show host Darrin O'Mara, whose views on Courtly Love are clouding some already fuzzy minds with the notion of cross-connubial relationships. O'Mara's brand of sex therapy is unconventional at best, unlawful-and deadly-at worst. Then a murder at Kinergy, where Trent Cowley is CFO, sends Spenser in yet another direction. Apparently, the unfettered pursuit of profit has a price. With razor-sharp characterizations and finely honed prose, this is Parker writing at the height of his powers.… (more)

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