Early Autumn MOBI È Paperback

Robert B Parker's brilliance is in his simple dialogue and in Spenser The Philadelphia InquirerA bitter divorce is only the beginning First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land he decides to do some kidnapping of his ownWith a contract out on his life he heads for the Maine woods determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game

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    This—along with Mortal Stakes Looking for Rachel Wallace and Ceremony—is one of the best of the first dozen Spenser books written in Robert B Parker's finest period Like the others it deals with America's shifting values and how a macho but moral hero—our Spenser—must make ambiguous ethical choices in order to preserve and foster what little good he canPatty Giacomin hires Spenser to find her teenage son who has been abducted by his father Mel Son Paul is little than a pawn in this separated couples' soon to be vicious divorce but when Spenser tries to talk with Paul he finds the situation is even worse Patty and Mel equally cold selfish and neglectful have “raised” a son who not only cannot choose between his parents but who has developed so little sense of self worth that he has no preferences and cannot choose at all How can Spenser give Paul independence and help him choose a life for himself?Why blackmail the parents of courseBefore he can find discover the proper method Spenser must negotiate a murky sea filled with suspicious insurance claims cryptic trips to Manhattan a few negligible thugs and one serious gangster But when it comes to the gangster Spenser has Hawk by his sideSpeaking of Hawk although an interesting and entertaining foil for Spenser he often functions—as he does here—as a variety of “magic negro” a super bad ass who performs certain necessary but disgraceful acts of violence acts of which our hero is morally incapable Hawk does the dirtiest of the dirty work so that Spenser can still look like a hero When I first read the book thirty five years ago I didn't notice this sort of thing But I notice it now The middle section of the novel where Spenser constructs a “manhood school” in the Maine woods is filled with some good macho Hemingway prose as well as a lot of tenderness and irony Not the least of the ironies is the fact that when Spenser's “school” has been successful and Paul has developed preferences and desires he chooses a distinctly non macho passion—one to which Spenser is indifferent and which his father Mel positively hatesA thoroughly enjoyable entertainment that gives the reader a lot to think about too