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    February 14, 2013


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - I've heard that this one includes some excellent perspectives on the Spenser character. And I couldn't agree with you more about Parker's influence. I'll confess, I like Parker's Jesse Stone better as a character but that's just my personal taste. One can't deny Parker's talent I think.

    Les Blatt

    Margot, while the focus of this book is on Spenser, there is some material about Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall as well - and Penzler notes how even those series characters tend to sound like Spenser. There's no question that Parker had a very distinctive voice!

    Joan Kyler

    I've never been a big Spenser fan, but I enjoy the Spenser books more now that I'm in exile from Boston. Parker's detailed descriptions of Boston and the surrounding area could be used as a travel guide! I love recognizing the locations.

    As an aside, when we lived on Beacon Hill, I was running one day, rounded a corner, and almost ran onto the set of the television series Spenser: For Hire, starring Robert Urich! Very embarrassing!

    Les Blatt

    As with many good mystery series, Joan, the setting often becomes as powerful as any character. And Boston is a great place; my older daughter went to college there and is now back living there again with her husband.

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