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A Savage Place (Kindle Edition)

By Robert B. Parker

A Savage Place (Kindle Edition)

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Started reading:
Sun Feb 7, 2010
Finished reading:
Fri Feb 12, 2010
Type

mystery

Review

Rating: 6

Spenser’s client here is L.A. TV-news reporter Candy Sloan, whose inquiry into movie payoffs to “”the Mob”” has elicited threats, harassment, and (on the night of Spenser’s arrival) a beating. So, with Spenser as bodyguard, Candy continues to probe–enraging a studio head and then the studio’s tycoon owner: Candy’s boyfriend is killed, ditto a movie type about to squeal; Candy’s taken off the story. But, determined to get the goods on the Mob/conglomerate link, Candy seduces the tycoon–with fatal results–before the totally unsurprising details of the crooked dealings are explained. Along the way, there are two or three nice Spenser-on-Hollywood remarks, some solid rough stuff, and lots of talk about sex-roles and autonomy–talk which, for Parker regulars, has become tiresome beyond belief. (Candy wants to be independent but ends up using “”feminine wiles””; Spenser sleeps with Candy, dubiously explaining why he isn’t really cheating on true-love Susan.) Never less than readable, of course–but with little mystery, no deduction, few laughs, and a plot that seems like a Rockford Files discard, the best this will do is fill some time while waiting for the prime-Spenser comeback that’s surely just around the corner.
— from books.google.com

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