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Rough Weather

Parker, Robert B.
Parker is hired to "stand by" a rich woman at her daughter's wedding. The gray man shows up.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Neurasthenia (pg. 231) -- A condition that is characterized especially by physical and mental exhaustion usually with accompanying symptoms (as headaches, insomnia, and irritability), is believed to result from psychological factors (as depression or emotional stress or conflict), and is sometimes considered similar to or identical with chronic fatigue syndrome. I think I've got it.

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12/2008

School Days

Parker, Robert B.
Parker investigates a mass-shooting at a private school, at the behest of one of the shooter's grandmother.

Quote:

She pointed her breasts at me. Both barrels. (pg. 268)

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7/2008

Sixkill

Parker, Robert B.
An obnoxious actor has a woman die on him in his hotel room. Parker investigates with his new protege, the actor's ex-bodyguard.

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5/2011

Small Vices

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser investigates a possible miscarriage of justice when a young black hoodlum is convicted of the murder of a white college student woman person-type.

Quote:

Several ducks waddled promptly over expecting to be fed. They were brown ducks for the most part except one which had a green head and was probably a male duck, though I wasn't sure. I didn't know a hell of a lot about ducks. (pg. 286)

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8/2008

Stardust

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer signs on to protect wacko television star from unknown threats. Interesting conclusion. Spencer meets Chollo, Bobby Horse, and Mr. del Rio, also acquires three dogs for a short while.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Lisle (pg. 50) -- A fabric made of lisle thread, which is a smooth tightly twisted thread usually ade of long-staple cotton. You didn't know this?

Sere (pg. 102) -- Being dried and withered.

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The street was lined with eucalyptus trees that sagged heavily, their branches nearly touching the ground in some places. (pg. 104) I can't visualize eucalyptus trees looking like that.

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8/2008

Sudden Mischief

Parker, Robert B.
Susan asks Spencer to help out her ex-husband who has been accused of sexually harassing FOUR women!

Donut Quote:

The trip wasn't a total waste. I was able to stop at a Dunkin' Donuts near the Redstone Shopping Center and had two plain donuts and a large coffee. Failing to learn anything is hungry work. (pg. 83)

Quote:

It was a lovely December day, brisk and sunny. Unfortunately it was the first week in April. (pg. 93)

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"Sometimes your cynicism achieves Shakespearian resonance," I said.
"Coming from you," Hawk said, "that a real compliment." (pg. 117)

Quote:

I opened the drawers in Sterling's desk and found some blank disks. I put one in the computer and copied the hard disk onto it. (pg. 121) That must have been a big floppy!

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I liked the rain. It was interesting to look at, and I enjoyed the feeling of shelter on a rainy day. (pg. 132)

Bonus Donut Quote:

"He going to bring donuts," Hawk said.
"I don't think Sean ever ate a donut," I said.
"Then how much help he going to be?" (pg. 135)

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8/2008

Taming A Sea-Horse

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer rescues April Kyle from the scheming Rambeaux, who had much less presence in the story than I was led to believe from later books in the series.

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8/2008

The Godwulf Manuscript

Parker, Robert B.
The first Spenser book. I probably would not have finished it if I hadn't read most of the series, I must say. But, there are a lot of gems in here. Spenser hasn't met Susan yet, and he is bobbing everyone and the mother. Literally.

Words I Had To Look Up:

hire another Hawkshaw (pg.53) -- Slang for detective, probably from the comic strip Hawkshaw The Detective, by Gus Mager.

Quote:

The trouble with being up and at 'em bright and early was once you were up most of the 'em you wanted to be at weren't out yet. (pg. 143)

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8/2010

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12/2018

The Professional

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer checks out the sexy goings-on of good-time guy Gary Eisenhower.

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12/2009

Thin Air

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer searches for the missing wife of Detective Belson. Two donut quotes, see below. Lot's of complaining about decaf coffee. Minor confusion for me: on page 267 the bad guy takes the iron bar he was hit with and leaves the room, on page 278 the hitter has an iron bar. Same one? The other sink leg?

Donut Quote:

"How come it takes you all that time to find the right donut?" I said. "They're all the same."

"No two donuts are alike," Chollo said. "You had Indio blood, you'd understand." -- pg. 192

Bonus Donut Quote:

On the other hand, I couldn't think of anything some donuts wouldn't help. -- pg. 206

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8/2008

Walking Shadow

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer goes to Port City at Susan's request to help out an actor who is being followed by someone.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Quem Quaeritis (pg. 41) --Quem Quaeritis? (literally, "Whom do you seek?") refers to four lines of the medieval Easter liturgy that later formed the kernel of the large body of medieval liturgical drama.

Dramaturge (pg. 41) -- A specialist in the art or technique of dramatic composition and theatrical representation.

Deracinated (pg. 70) -- To remove or separate from a native environment or culture; especially : to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from. Uprooted.

Chacun à son goût (pg. 191) -- Everyone to his taste.

Smoke Quote:

He got a Zippo lighter out and snapped a flame and lit the cigarette and put the lighter away with one of those efficient little movements smokers have developed over the long ritual of their addiction. -- (pg. 92)

Gun Quote:

Normally, unless I expected to encounter a bear, I carried a comfy little .38. But for office use the .357 was an effective negotiating tool. -- (pg. 71)

Pardon Me?:

On page 195 it is noted that "There was an ancient gas refrigerator", and that it didn't work. I read that gas reefers are used in RVs and no-electricity situations, and I have only seen one in a house, myself. So I wonder why it was here in this apartment? The hassle-factor, gas vs. electric, seems disproportionate to any gain.

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8/2008

Widow's Walk

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer investigates the apparent murder of rich guy who has a very dumb wife.

Quote:

It wasn't like talking to a dumb seventh grader, it was like talking to a pancake.

Smoke Quote:

Scanlan took in some more smoke. I knew so few people who smoked anymore that it was kind of fascinating to watch him.

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7/2008

Black Water

Parker, T. Jefferson
Orange County deputy gets shot in the head, sweet wife Gwen murdered with his gun, what's the deal? Merci Rayborn detects the crime.

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7/2009

California Girl

Parker, T. Jefferson
Another great book! Nick Becker investigates the murder of Janelle Vonn in an abandoned orange packing warehouse back in the 60s. Lots of great California background, too. C. Manson wrote a song the Beach Boys used? How about that.

Quote:

The 428 cc would really go if you stood on it. (pg. 246) I think that should be "ci", for cubic inch.

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12/2009

Cold Pursuit

Parker, T. Jefferson
A San Diego old timer tuna boat captain and Ford dealership owner is murdered. Tom McMichael of the SDPD investigates. I say again, the author captures tragedy and love in his crafting of sentences. Ending was surprise to me.

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7/2009

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Iron Road

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood is on loan to the ATF guys to track down gun shipments to Mexico. Apparently he meet one of Satan's helpers (literally!), but nothing is resolved in this book. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this storyline. Not great reviews on Amazon, but I enjoyed reading it, none the less.

So, we don't have no air defense in Southern California to track down a C-47 Chinook helicopter carrying a million dollars worth of guns to Mexico? Good to know!

Words I Had To Look Up:

zocalo (pg. 5) -- A public square or plaza.
narcotraficantes (pg. 5) -- Well, NOW it looks obvious. Drug dealers.
Cyclone GT (pg. 243) -- Huh, it's a Mercury, 1970 vintage. Never heard of that model.
El Verdugo, which means The Executioner (pg. 268) -- Well, that's what it means, all right.
Miramar Navy Base (pg. 348) -- It's Marine Corps Air Station, and has been for nearly ten years before this book was published.

Quote:

He'd seen old, and it looked like hell. (pg. 353)

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9/2010

L.A. Outlaws

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood gets mixed-up with Suzanne, a teacher, and Allison, an outlaw. And diamonds. Did you ever notice that when diamonds are involved, someone always gets killed?

Quote:

Lupercio stood on his back patio and watched the tumbleweeds shiver against the chain-link fence. Beyond the fence a dirt devil augured across the desert floor, then spun itself out. The sun hung red and wavering and his outdoor thermometer read 104 degrees. (pg. 115)-- Good ol' Adelanto, just as I remember it!

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8/2009

Storm Runners

Parker, T. Jefferson
Matt Stromsoe gets blown up, along with his family, by his childhood friend, gangster Mike "El Jefe" Tavarez. They are dead, and he lived. Now he is protecting a weather lady who is being stalked. Lots of great local color, especially the Fallbrook area and Charlie Hatfield, the rainmaker. So good I read it again! Or else I checked it out by accident and had nothing else to read...

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11/2009

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11/2010

The Border Lords

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood is still on loan to the ATF. An agent shoots up a safe house as he gets increasingly bizarre. And so does his wife. Hood figures out what is happening. That guy Mike is back with his weirdness. I weeped a bit at the end when Oz flew off into the west.

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2/2011

The Fallen

Parker, T. Jefferson
SDPD Detective Robbie Brownlaw has an unusual gift. Ever since he survived being thrown out of a six-story building, he sees colored shapes when people talk, indicating the emotional state. He is investigating a possible murder under the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.

I enjoyed this book very much, the San Diego locations rang true. There is so much sadness, though. Reading the author's biography, you see he has personal knowledge of extreme loss. It comes through in all the books of his I have read.

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7/2009
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