Promised Land

Promised Land

eBook - 2010
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Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard, a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help locate his runaway wife. So begins Promised Land, the fourth novel by Robert Parker, that follows the exploits of his cerebral but tough character, detective Spenser. Why Harv Shepard's wife abandoned her family and exactly where she has gone comprise only half the intrigue in this story, though Spenser soon discovers that Harv is a man in deep trouble, involved with a crooked loan shark and tangled in an ailing business venture. The real reason we keep turning the pages of Promised Land is because of the compelling figure cut by detective Spenser. The way in which he gets the information he gets about the case from police detectives, bartenders, and local thugs-Spenser's unique bracing blend of irony and sincerity that almost never encourages the people he encounters to really like him--is as interesting as the information he gets. Spenser is clever, often hilarious and his quips have something more than self-amusement as their end. Beneath the air of insouciant detachment and irony is a quixotic concern, as witnessed by his often self-sacrificing actions. The people Spenser meets often made predictable mistakes, falling into the same traps he has seen countless others fall into, and out of which they are mistakenly sure they can get out. Although he is weary of watching this pageant of human weakness and failure time and again, Spenser cannot help but become emotionally entangled in his cases, no matter how numbingly predictable they may be.
Publisher: [United States] : RosettaBooks : Made available through hoopla, 2010
ISBN: 9780795311864
0795311869
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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7626dee
May 15, 2016

Spenser and Susan working together and arguing over their relationship. Ah, feminism at the fore and kooks killing for guns. Hard to believe but that was the reality in the 60's to the end of the 70's. This book is a set up for problems in the future twix Spenser and Susan and the introduction of Hawk to the mix. Previous Spenser girlfriends appear to be doomed-or are they?

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Nikchick
Jun 27, 2011

I'm torn on this one. Enjoyed the characters but the armed revolutionary feminists made me roll my eyes. A little too much dated politics and 70s-style psyche/self-help to hold my attention like the others in this series but hey, the book was written in 1976 and it is what it is.

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