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Park, Linda Sue, et. al.
One novel, ten authors,neat book jacket. Each chapter written by a different author, telling events in the lives of people who knew George "Gee" Keane, a photojournalist. I really enjoyed the story until the strange separate personality weirdness.

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9/2009

A Catskill Eagle

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer travels to Mill Valley, California, to assist Hawk and Susan.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Jocasta (pg. 235) -- Mother of Oedipus.

Quote:

She dog-eared the page to mark her place and smiled at me. (pg. 232) Caitiff!!! (Not the first word I thought of)

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7/2008

Back Story

Parker, Robert B.
A friend of Paul asks Spencer to look into who killed her mother during a bank robbery 28 years ago.

Quibble:

On page 9 the text refers to a "M1 carbine. Fully-automatic." DISCLAIMER: I am not a weapons expert! As far as I can find, the M1 is semi-automatic, and it is the M2 that is fully-automatic. And there is a big difference between semi and fully.

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8/2008

Bad Business

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer is hired for a little marital investigation, finds out he is not the only one on the job, plus there's some other sordid stuff going on.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Portman lobbies (pg.17) -- John Portman, an American architect, is known for his atrium hotel designs.
Atrium -- Glazed courtyard often extending through several floors at the entrance to a building.
Cantabrigian (pg. 142) -- A student or graduate of Cambridge University; or a native or resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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8/2008

Brimstone

Parker, Robert B.
First of the Westerns I have read. Seems very like the Boston books, don't ya think? Still, they are fun.

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7/2013

Chance

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser ends up in Vegas looking for a gangster's son-in-law. Meets that short guy there.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Postlapsarian (pg. 73)-- Of, relating to, or characteristic of the time or state after the fall of humankind described in the Bible.
Tripartile (pg. 231 --Divided into or composed of three parts

Quote:

Outside the bright desert air hinted faintly of carbon monoxide as we walked down the Strip. -- (pg. 293) I think it is odorless and colorless, but i know what he means!

Donut Quote:

I opend the box. Plain donuts. Perfect.

"Do you know how to eat a donut?" I said.

"I'll watch you on the first one," Susan said.

...I ate half a donut.

"Ugh," Susan said. "Is that how it's done?"

"Girls sometimes take smaller bites," I said. -- (pg. 181)

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8/2008

Chasing The Bear

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer tells Susan about his adventures growing up.

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12/2009

Cold Service

Parker, Robert B.
Hawk is almost killed while protecting a bookie. When he recovers, he and Spencer go after the Ukranian gangster responsible.

Quote:

My favorite quote is about the pumpkin pie Susan made, on page 41. To wit, in part, "Don't call her that thing," she said. "What if she hears you?"

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8/2008

Double Deauce

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer and Hawk investigate the murder of a kid and her kid in the 'hood.

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7/2008

Edenville Owls

Parker, Robert B.
Parker's first book for younger readers. But not TOO young! A lot less cussing and violence than his adult books. A bit of bad language and teen yearnings by 14-year-old Bobby, who tries to help out his new teacher who is being threatened by a strange man. I enjoyed it.

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5/2009

Hugger Mugger

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser travels to Georgia to investigate race horse shootings.

Donut Quote:

"Donuts put a nice foundation under your morning." -- pg. 51.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Club Man (pg. 136) -- Probably refers to the Clubman line of colognes and such. I never heard of it, I was more of a Russian Leather kind of guy, back in the day when I used the stuff.

Quote:

"Just so we're clear,", I said. "I'm not after your wife."... -- (pg. 31) I didn't understand the point of this exchange.

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8/2008

Hundred-Dollar Baby

Parker, Robert B.
April Kyle asks Spenser to deals with some guys trying to cut in on her house of ill repute.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Tsimmis (pg. 174) -- Probably Tzimmis, one meaning of which is a state of confusion.

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7/2008

Hush Money

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser helps out Hawk by investigating why a professor was denied tenure.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Defenestrated (pg. 65) -- Throwing of a person or thing out of a window.
Linguiça (pg. 104) -- Portuguese cured pork sausage.
Polemic (pg. 136) -- An aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another.
Formulaic Berbers (pg. 213) -- Don't know, maybe refers to something earlier in the story that I missed?

Quote:

"What she does," I said, "is she tries not to want me to do things I don't want to do." -- (pg. 123) Spenser on the successful male/female relationship.

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8/2008

Night Passage

Parker, Robert B.
For some reason I thought this was another Spencer story, but although it takes place in the same world (i.e., Gino and Vinnie are present), it introduces a new guy, Jesse Stone, who just got a new job as a small-town police chief after getting fired from the LAPD for being a drunk.

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7/2008

Now & Then

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer, who I mistakenly keep calling "Parker", starts out on a cheating spouse case, ends up in the middle of some sort of terrorist thing.

Quote:

"Or maybe it is Margaret that I mourn for" -- Related to a poem by G. M. Hopkins (pg. 50)

Words I Had To Look Up:

Bench strength (pg. 219) -- The quality of the players sitting on the bench.

Inextricable (pg. 169) -- Incapable of being disentangled or untied.

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7/2008

Painted Ladies

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer takes on the chore of bodyguard to an art professor who is to fetch the ransom for a painting to the picture-nappers. Said painting explodes, killing the art professor. Spencer returns his fee, and goes after the fiends.

Quote:

"Frees their minds," I said,"to romp with the mind of god." -- (pg. 154)-- Now I have to read The Great Gatsby!

Words I Had To Look Up:

cathexis (pg. 220) -- Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea. One source suggests a "crush" as an example.

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12/2010

Paper Doll

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser investigates the murder of a perfect wife on behalf of her perfect husband and perfect kids. Not so perfect, any of them.

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8/2008

Pastime

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer helps Paul locate his missing mother.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Cathexis (pg. 41) -- From MSN Encarta: the concentration of a great deal of psychological and emotional energy on one particular person, thing, or idea

Ineffable (pb. 188)-- Incapable of being expressed in words. I've used the word, but, as usual, couldn't have put a coherent meaning to it.

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7/2008

Playmates

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer investigates points shaving in college basketball. See the website http://bullets-and-beer.com/ for comments on this and other books by Robert Parker.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Lunsmen (pg. 47) -- Probably mispeled "landman", fellow native in yiddish.

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7/2008

Potshot

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser travels to the town of Potshot to investigate the murder of some cute chicks husband by some bullies. Lot's of clever quips, I think I will abandon the Stephenson I'm reading and read all the Spenser titles.

Smoke Quote:

"This is exactly the right moment," I said, "for me to light two cigarettes and hand one to you."
"Makes you regret not smoking for a moment," Susan said.

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7/2008
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