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steven-belanger's picture
Nov.23.2013
Photo: Book's hardback cover, from robertbparker.net I've gone on before about titles that contain the name of an artist as its main selling point, so I won't do so again here--except to say that book titles that contain the name of a deceased writer is even worse.  At least when John...
stephen-evans's picture
Nov.13.2013
Of things vnseene how canst thou deeme aright, Then answered the righteous Artegall, Sith thou misdeem'st so much of things in sight? What though the sea with waues continuall Doe eate the earth, it is no more at all: Ne is the earth the lesse, or loseth ought, For whatsoeuer from one place doth...
steven-belanger's picture
Sep.22.2012
Photo: Book cover, from its Goodreads page.   The new book in the Jesse Stone series, Fool Me Twice, is a good, quick read, as I read it in just a few hours.  Having said that, I can't say much more positive about it, since the plot is a rehash of Parker's Looking for Rachel Wallace (...
steven-belanger's picture
Aug.26.2012
Photo: Lullaby's book cover, from Kirkus Reviews, at www.kirkusreviews.com   The title says it's "Robert B. Parker's Lullaby," and the copyright belongs to the estate of Robert B. Parker, but this novel, the first without Parker, is all Atkins.  The names are the same, but the writing...
steven-belanger's picture
Mar.12.2012
photo: book cover from its Amazon page   This is a continuing series of short story critiques and summaries from The Best Mystery Stories--1998.  While these stories are a bit old, of course, the hope is that the reader will check out the authors of the stories positively reviewed, as...
steven-belanger's picture
Jan.14.2012
    Photo:  First edition front cover of the Swedish book, from its Wikipedia site   Second book of the deceased author's Millenium trilogy, in many ways superior to the first.  It continues the trend of bucking the solid rules of publishing--jumping between even more 3rd...
steven-belanger's picture
Oct.20.2011
    I wanted to dislike it because the continuation of someone else's baby by another writer just doesn't sit well with me--and they usually fail, or seem intent to just make money (see: James Bond).  But Brandman does a good job here, keeping most of Parker's Jesse Stone while...
steven-belanger's picture
May.26.2011
Sixkill wasn't bad, though it's not anything we haven't seen before.  Since it's perhaps the last Spenser, it's too bad because Hawk doesn't make an appearance.  In fact, that's the curiousity here.  It's like Parker had nowhere else for Hawk to go; Hawk's been in Southeast Asia for awhile now. ...
earl-merkel's picture
Jan.19.2010
RIP, from a reader who sincerely enjoyed their books.  --Earl Merkel 'Spenser' Novelist Robert B. Parker, 'Love Story' Author Segal Die BOSTON (Jan. 19) - Robert B. Parker, the blunt and beloved crime novelist who helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled genre and branded a tough guy of his own...
gregory-wilson's picture
Sep.19.2008
When the fine folks at Red Room were kind enough to list me as their Rising Star for the week, I tried to think of something intelligent, witty and wise to post in support of the claim. And then, er, I got walloped by a cold. A bad one. The downside of a bad cold, of course, is that you really...