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Sudden Mischief (1998)

de Robert B. Parker

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Sèrie: Spenser (25)

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With some trepidation, PI Spenser of Boston agrees to represent a businessman in a sexual harassment suit, trepidation because the accused is a former husband of Susan, Spenser's lover. Sure enough, complications mount, legal and romantic. By the author of Small Vices.
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My second encounter with Parker's Boston PI, Spenser, was OK but it has some flaws.

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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
Not every guy would respond well to his girlfriend asking him to help out her ex-husband. But Spenser isn't every guy, so he and Hawk put on their shining armor and go a-questing.

As usual, the case Spenser ends up solving isn't exactly the case he thought he was solving. And as usual, Hawk is helping him out along the way.

There's never much to differentiate one Spenser novel from the other, but they are always an amusing read, and this one is about mid-pack. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jun 28, 2020 |
Synopsis/blurb....

When Susan's ex-husband, Brad, appears after a decades-long absence, nearly broke and the object of a sexual-harassment suit, Spenser reluctantly agrees to help. As he investigates the circumstances surrounding the suit, he discovers that fund-raiser Brad is swimming in very deep water: mobsters, who were using his fund-raising campaigns to launder money, have discovered he was cooking the already cooked books and aren't at all pleased. The deeper Spenser digs, the more bodies he uncovers and the more culpable Brad appears to be.
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My take...

My first Robert Parker - Spenser read in over twenty years, at a guess probably more like twenty five. I can recall pretty much devouring the first twenty-odd in this series, mostly during 1991 when I was just starting with my current employer and was slightly under-utilised. The early Spenser’s I could easily devour in a day and I did. I enjoyed them. Spenser was tough, smart and didn’t take any crap from anyone. Never backed down, never felt intimidated and I liked his banter with black-sidekick Hawk. The case got solved, a few sherberts were shared and a few arses were kicked along the way.

And then I stopped enjoying them and the main reason why was Susan Silverman, Spenser’s partner, though they didn’t/don’t live together. She’s a psychologist or some such head doctor and she’s extremely irritating to me. When I picked up Sudden Mischief, very quickly I could recall why I stopped reading the series. Susan Bloody Silverman – Spenser’s blind spot. Though to be truthful, Spenser by the end of the book was starting to grate.

I get that all relationships are different and theirs has endured its share of troubles. She briefly left him for a fling with another man and they subsequently got back together. Here she’s got Spenser on a new case concerning her ex-husband who she doesn’t want to talk about and who might be in a spot of bother. On reflection I don’t know that my issue is with her, maybe more with Spenser placing her on a gold encrusted pedestal. I’m fairly sure if she axe-murdered someone he would find a way of justifying her behaviour - Susan was undoubtedly finding herself or some such twaddle. I love my wife, but that doesn’t mean I’m oblivious to her (minor) faults and that’s not to say she doesn’t annoy me at times and vice versa. Rant over.

Apart from the Susan factor, I liked it, though it probably won't appear on my year end best of list. Spenser asks around, gets few answers initially, commits a burglary, gets a few dirty pictures, asks some more questions, gets a warning or two, engages Hawk to watch his back, gets propositioned a couple of times, discovers a dead body, and uncovers what sort of man Susan's now disappeared ex-husband is really like. Brad returns, showdown time, job done.

A quick read, one thing about Robert Parker is he keeps you turning the pages. Nothing too cerebral or complex here - just a PI in love and on a case. I liked the Boston setting, I enjoyed reconnecting with Spenser and Hawk, though there's a bit too much Susan here for my liking.

4 from 5

I have a few other Parker books that I've randomly picked up in the past twenty years still on the pile. They include another Spenser book, a Sunny Randall book and a western featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.

Robert B. Parker published over 60 novels in his career. He died in 2010.

Read in October, 2018
Published - 1998
Page count - 304
Source - purchased copy
Format - paperback

https://col2910.blogspot.com/2018/10/robert-b-parker-sudden-mischief-1998.html ( )
  col2910 | Oct 22, 2018 |
I read so many of Parker's Spenser series back when they were new. I still remember sitting in the Knox County Public Library and devouring the entirety [Mortal Stakes], third in the series but the first I read, in one afternoon while playing hooky from high school. (Yes, that's the kind of juvenile delinquent I was: skip school to hang out at the library.) My love for the series has waxed and waned over the years and eventually I stopped reading, right around the time this one was published. So when Mamie and Roberta resumed their shared series read I thought I'd jump in.

It didn't take long for the familiar characters to make themselves at home in my head. Spenser is still a wiseass (might be why I like him), he still pals around with ambiguously bad guy Hawk (who steals the show whenever Parker lets him, which isn't often enough), and he's still (sigh) in love with psychologist Susan Silverman (who makes navel-gazing a four-letter word). She's especially prominent in this one, as she asks Spenser to help out her ex-husband who is being sued for sexual harassment.

Inevitably, we get a lot of Susan backstory and it's sort of interesting to fill in those blanks, but boy did this book make me realize why I drifted away from the series: Every move that Spenser makes has to be talked to death by him and Susan, as they vie to see who can be the most evolved spirit on the planet. I think Parker intends these conversations to be signposts for the reader but having moved on to more sophisticated, subtle mysteries I realize how overdone and anvilicious this dialogue is. Less shrinking, more sleuthing!

Also, given the current climate surrounding the issue of sexual harassment, it irks me that the case that is the jumping-off point for the plot is fake, a made-up story to cover up a consensual affair. As if women don't have enough problems being believed. ( )
1 vota rosalita | Dec 11, 2017 |
See my blog for my review: Martin's View: Sudden Mischief. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
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With some trepidation, PI Spenser of Boston agrees to represent a businessman in a sexual harassment suit, trepidation because the accused is a former husband of Susan, Spenser's lover. Sure enough, complications mount, legal and romantic. By the author of Small Vices.

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