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by Joe Mantegna,Robert B. Parker

  • ISBN: 0739318586
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Joe Mantegna,Robert B. Parker
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (March 8, 2005)
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Cold Service: A Spenser Novel, Book 32. Author Robert B. Parker. Robert B. Parker wrote 40 novels featuring the Boston- based one-named private detective, Spenser (with an s, like the English poet).

Cold Service: A Spenser Novel, Book 32. Cold Service is the 32nd of the series. Several of the characters in these novels appear in many of the others. Perhaps none of his characters is more riveting than Hawk, a large, somewhat enigmatic, preternaturally tough, sexually irresistible, black man who occasionally is found on the wrong side of the law, but who serves as Spenser’s companion, occasional body guard, and foil for witty repartee.

This novel is essentially about Hawk

This novel is essentially about Hawk. We learn more about the great unknown Man than we ever have and we are reminded, too, of how alike he is to our man Spense. By book's end the baddies have got what was coming to them and we turn the final pages in a state of joy and a little sadness as we come to realise the tale is about to finish.

Spenser-his first name is never officially revealed-is a fictional character in a series of detective novels initially by the American mystery writer Robert B. Parker and later by Ace Atkins. He is also featured in a television series (Spenser: For Hire) and a series of TV movies based on the novels. Spenser was born and grew up in Laramie, Wyoming and is a Boston private eye in the mold of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, a smart-mouthed tough guy with a heart of gold.

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FOR JOAN far together. Too busy," Quirk said. Revenge is a dish best served cold. 1. It started witjout me. "Bookie named Luther Gillespie hired me," Hawk said. Ukrainian mob was trying to take over his book. Ukrainian mob?" I said.

Written by Robert B. Parker, narrated by Joe Mantegna. Spenser, Book 32. By: Robert B. Narrated by: Joe Mantegna. Series: Spenser, Book 32. Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins. Categories: Crime & Thrillers, Suspense. When he's on his game, and he's on it here, Parker is capable of packing a Hemingway punch into a few brief words and the occasional grunt.

Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American writer of fiction, primarily of the mystery/detective genre. His most famous works were the 40 novels written about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the mid-1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced. His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area.

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When his closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. IndieBound - Audiobook (CD format): ww. Powell's - Audiobook (CD format): ww. owells.

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Narrated by Joe Mantegna. When Spenser's closet ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting booking Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on.

When Spenser's closet ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting booking Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.Spenser quickly learns that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the bodegas to the police force to the mayor's office, isn't just a sign of rampant corruption--it's a form of arrogance that only serves to ignite Hawk's desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance.From the Compact Disc edition.
Reviews about Cold Service (Spenser Novels) (7):
Kitaxe
...but better than almost anything else. After 40 some years, the words still fly off the page whenever I read a Spenser novel. I don't even have to read--the words just make their way into my head.

One reviewer complained about Parker marching all of the secondary Spenser characters through this book--there were a few he left out, but how many authors give you so many new characters that are worth repeating? Parker has created his own Universe, in which Spenser and company change (he is drinking Walker Blue Label in this one!) but never age. This year's Spenser is as virile and indestructible as the one in Catskill Eagle.

The plot in this one is a repeat of one he has used before--Hawk and Spenser set out to avenge someone, encounter many bad people, and shoot them to make the world a better place. Along the way, Spenser cooks, eats and drinks in great detail.

This book involves Susan rather extensively, and is, perhaps a bit chattier than some we have read in the past, but it deserves to be read. It is mostly a side trip in the Spenser journey, adding little we haven't seen before to the ongoing saga, but it is worth a read.
Dakora
For a story that starts out with such a basic, simple premise, it ends up as quite a complex tale. Hawk is gunned down and left for dead by some thugs from the Ukraine after he is hired to protect a neighbourhood bookie. Naturally the two life long friends can't fight fate and decide literally at the end of chapter one that vengeance (and revenge) will be theirs. By book's end we are reminded of many, many things, not the least of which is by how much the world has changed since September Eleven.

This novel is essentially about Hawk. We learn more about the great unknown Man than we ever have and we are reminded, too, of how alike he is to our man Spense. By book's end the baddies have got what was coming to them and we turn the final pages in a state of joy and a little sadness as we come to realise the tale is about to finish. I must admit to not being completely sure how the story ended romantically for Hawk, but there was no shadow of a doubt how it ended for Susan and Spenser.

COLD SERVICE reads as if you were looking at a jigsaw puzzle backwards. That is, you saw how it was meant to turn out, but you kept asking yourself, "how did they do it? how on earth, did they do it?". The answer, of course, lies with the master. It's magic. Another classically original tale featuring one of the modern day wonders of detective fiction. But this time with a different focus.
Akir
Parker's Spenser books are a joy, not merely because of how well-plotted and suspenseful they are, but because of how well the relationships are cast and drawn. Since his African-American partner Hawk features so prominently in this one, and is such a compelling figure in his own right, this is a can't miss for all Spenser fans even though the action becomes a bit outlandish near the end. Never mind, like all great books, its not really about the events and actions about the characters and relationships. Suspension of disbelief and all that. . .
Captain America
In a twist, Hawk is the center of this story - he's been shot, and Spenser must help him get better and get revenge. There's the piper to pay not only for Hawk's injuries, but also for the family that was destroyed in the process. There's a ton of talk in here about why Hawk is the way he is, why Spenser is the way he is, and how the two women in the story learn to deal with it.

I admit that I found this story a bit light. I really do enjoy philosophical discussions, and there were several bits of wit that had me laugh out loud. I love the stuff like Hawk saying "Oui" when Spenser quotes the "All for One and One for All". I also loved it when Quirk was talking about the Ukes and said "He speaks English pretty good."

Still, for all that this book claimed to be delving into the psyche of the main characters, it was pretty shallow. There was a lot of pseudo talk, like saying Hawk is the way he is because he's Hawk. Jeez, thanks. Spenser is a lot like Hawk, but different. Hmmmmmm. The Spenser-Hawk-Vinnie situation is great when it just "is". When you try to rationalize what it is by saying things like "it is what it is", then it gets silly. In the meantime, Spenser says "My identity ... is me and Susan". So much for him being an individual. He later says that during his shooting that he was afraid of the grey man - afraid of dying, and of not seeing Susan again.

There's a lot of talk about Hawk only needing Hawk, Hawk wanting to be alone. It's OK apparently to need Spenser. There's a bit of resistance on Hawk's part to needing Vinnie but eventually he does ask for Vinnie to join them. Hawk also asks Spenser to talk to Hawk's girlfriend, but Hawk refuses to do it himself. There are several scenes of the Hawk-girlfriend crying interactions. It's fine to say Hawk is afraid, that Hawk needs to do this, but surely a mature Hawk who can talk to anybody can speak intelligently to his own girlfriend, instead of either sending Spenser or just walking out ...

It was nice to see Hawk caring for the shopkeeper and his wife, and looking to fund a kid's savings account. But Spenser trots along with the serial assassination plan without more than a quote or two. Talk's cheap, they say, and this story seemed to have an awful lot of talk in it and very little substance to the action.

I also found it odd that Hawk only took maybe 6 months to heal to full strength (counting from near-Thanksgiving to early March as his true healing time) while they comment that it took Spenser a year. Surely these two men are in equally good shape, and were equally wounded ...

I found it a bit annoying that the "worlds were crossing" with Tony's lesbian wife showing up here, as mentioned in one of the other series. If you hadn't read that other series, you'd be missing out on a lot of backstory here.

I do enjoy these stories. But I've been reading the 'top selling books of all time' recently and when I read those, it often takes me 6 or more hours to finish a book. I finished re-reading this one in under 2 hours. It really does seem to indicate that Parker COULD write a much longer, more in depth book - if he wasn't just cranking out one a year to keep the pattern going. It makes you wonder what a Spenser book could be like if he wrote a story as if it was going to be the only one that really mattered, no matter how long it took.
Rayli
Fun read. I like the way the script goes, just the way people talk. (I guess that is why the author used the "F" word so much. Ouch).
I got bogged down a little as the "plan" progressed or didn't progress. I was never sure what it was. But it was a fun read anyway.

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