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Hush Money

av Robert B. Parker

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Serier: Spenser (26)

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PI Spenser investigates charges of discrimination made by a black professor who was denied tenure at a New England university. The professor claims there was a conspiracy to brand him as a homosexual. By the author The Godwulf Manuscript.

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My review is found here at my blog: Martin's View: Hush Money. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
PLOT OR PREMISE:
Spenser has two cases, one from Hawk and one from Susan. Hawk wants him to help a black college professor who was refused tenure on the basis of rumours that he was gay, he had an illicit affair with a student, and the student committed suicide as a result of a broken heart. Susan wants him to help a friend who claims she is being stalked.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The plot surrounding the black college professor is a typical Spenser novel -- take a case for no pay, find there is something weird, start investigating, push some buttons, find out suspect number 1 is connected, and get a visit from some heavies. However, the handling of discrimination issues based on sexual orientation or colour of skin are well done, and that alone raises the story above a typical novel. Of course, the writing is first-rate, as Parker's work always is, and the story proceeds at a fast clip, with enough twists and turns to make it interesting.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The second case involving Susan's friend is ridiculous. Susan is a first class shrink -- yet she apparently is surprised when she finds out that the friend has attached herself to Spenser as her white knight coming to save her, whether he wants to be rewarded or not. Not well handled by Spenser's character or Susan, and doesn't fit either's characters background in previous novels, and just rings false with each development. Mind you, the resolution of the problem by Susan is first-rate. It just takes a long time to get there.
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BOTTOM-LINE:
First rate solid story
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Mar 20, 2016 |
Hush Money is Robert B. Parker’s 26th novel featuring the redoubtable Spenser (with an “s”], a tough but articulate autodidactic private eye based in Boston. In this one, Spenser takes on two cases pro bono. This is not unusual for him. Having read quite a few Spenser novels, I often wonder how he pays his bills.

In the first case, he seeks to discover why an African-American English professor has been denied tenure at a local university. Spenser’s client is suspected of having a same sex-relationship with a student who apparently has committed suicide. What begins as an academic exercise devolves into a murder case as Spenser unearths some odd aspects of the “suicide.” This case takes some interesting twists on the way to being solved.

In the second case, Spenser does a favor for his long time girlfriend, Susan Silverman, by investigating a stalker of one of Susan’s clients. Although the stalkee (Susan’s client) becomes the stalker (of Spenser), this part of the story never really seems plausible or creates any real tension. The best that can be said for this story line is that Susan (who usually seems to me to be a pretentious airhead) turns into a sympathetic character.

Nonetheless, as is true of the many other Spenser novels I have read, the book is very enjoyable, kept alive by Spenser’s razor sharp repartee, particularly with his formidable buddy, Hawk. For example, while Spenser is interviewing one faculty member about a colleague:

“Do you know Amir Abdullah?”
“Yes.”
“Comment?”
“Amir is a fraud. He’s an intellectually dishonest, manipulative, exploitive charlatan.”
“Know anything bad about him?” I [Spenser] said.

Or, when Spenser and Hawk are planning to interrupt a meeting of an armed Neo-Nazi like gang:

“And what we going to do they start hollering and the body guards come dashing in?”
“I thought you had that covered,” I said.
“Course I got it covered,” Hawk said. “I just meant you want me to shoot them or quell them with a stern look?”
“Stern look will probably cause less ruckus,” I said.

And that is why we [there are thousands of us] read the Spenser novels. There is seldom a lot of tension—nothing like a book by Steig Larssen or Jo Nesbo — but there is usually enough complication to keep the story moving along and provide a backdrop for the conversation.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Dec 2, 2015 |
Easy, fast read. ( )
  Djupstrom | Oct 4, 2015 |
I just could not put this down, finished up in one day. It was well-crafted and very vivid, although I did find a minor geography problem; you can't really walk from Kirkland Street to Mass Ave, well, not to get to Harvard Square. I also kept expecting the two plots lines to merge and I was fairly suprised when they didn't. However, it was so well done those are minor quibbles.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
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