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Runaway wife So begins Promised Land the fourth novel by Robert Parker that follows the exploits of his cerebral but tough character detective Spenser Why Harv Shepard's wife abandoned her family and exactl. I like it a lot when Spenser just gets to do his thing without his lady friend tagging along constantly asking him What It All Means As suicky as it was when he was say sleeping with both the mother daughter of his client I sort of miss those days Maybe I can read these books with one hand over my eye to cover Susan But hey Hawk was here so I suppose it wasn't all bad

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Y where she has gone comprise only half the intrigue in this story though Spenser soon discovers that Harv is a man in deep trouble involved with a crooked loan shark and tangled in an ailing business ventur. Nothing can be said then what I have said previously of the other three novels I've read Great characters and decent plot Oh one thing Hawk is pretty bad ass

Robert B. Parker ð 5 review

Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help locate his. In this fourth novel of the series Harvey Shepherd hires Spenser to track down his wandering wife Pam who has left her husband and children to discover herself When Spenser finds her she is living with a pair of revolutionary feminists and does not wish to return so he promises not to tell Harvey where she is staying Soon though both the Shepherds want his help Pam is in trouble for the revolutionary feminists have proved to be militant and dangerous and Harvey who owes a loan shark big money for a belly up real estate venture is being threatened by a well dressed intimidating black man named “Hawk”“The Promised Land” name of the bankrupt real estate scheme is also The Plimoth Plantation itself the original Pilgrim settlement in America now living history museum where a few of scenes of the novel take place It is also by implication America itself still a land of great promise but a land of broken promises too How in a world of broken contracts and vows of disputed obligations and shifting gender roles do people of honor conduct themselves When must they speak truth and stand their ground And whom—when the negotiations have ended—must they lie to and betray These are the choices Spenser must face not only in the Shepherd case itself but also in his personal and professional life as he decides what he owes to his lady Susan and to Hawk his compeer and foeThis mystery falls a bit short of Parker's best for the feminists Rose and Jane are mere caricatures a mistake Parker would rectify in Spenser's sixth adventure Looking for Rachel Wallace and the plot takes far too long to get moving Then again this is the book where Spenser and Susan first explore motives and begin to forge their uniue relationship and since it also features the first appearance of Hawk it is a must read for all Spenser fans


10 thoughts on “Promised Land

  1. says:

    In this fourth novel of the series Harvey Shepherd hires Spenser to track down his wandering wife Pam who has left her husband and children to discover herself When Spenser finds her she is living with a pair of revolutionary feminists and does not wish to return so he promises not to tell Harvey where she is staying Soon though both the Shepherds want his help Pam is in trouble for the revolutionary feminists have proved to be militant and dangerous and Harvey who owes a loan shark big money for a belly up real estate venture is being threatened by a well dressed intimidating black man named “Hawk”“The Promised Land” name of the bankrupt real estate scheme is also The Plimoth Plantation itself the original Pilgrim settlement in America now living history museum where a few of scenes of the novel take place It is also by implication America itself still a land of great promise but a land of broken promises too How in a world of broken contracts and vows of disputed obligations and shifting gender roles do people of honor conduct themselves? When must they speak truth and stand their ground? And whom—when the negotiations have ended—must they lie to and betray? These are the choices Spenser must face not only in the Shepherd case itself but also in his personal and professional life as he decides what he owes to his lady Susan and to Hawk his compeer and foeThis mystery falls a bit short of Parker's best for the feminists Rose and Jane are mere caricatures a mistake Parker would rectify in Spenser's sixth adventure Looking for Rachel Wallace and the plot takes far too long to get moving Then again this is the book where Spenser and Susan first explore motives and begin to forge their uniue relationship and since it also features the first appearance of Hawk it is a must read for all Spenser fans


  2. says:

    The One Where Spenser is Schooled on the Dangers of the Souless Suburban Life by Susan Also The One Where We Meet Hawk Who Is a Total Legit BadassIt helps to keep these series books separate you know? Many of the early themes of the Spenser mysteries appear here the emotional dangers of the suburbs ethical nobility women's general sexiness and the foolishness of various anti establishment movements Spenser is hired by Harv Shepard a wheel and deal land developer contractor to find his wife who has disappeared without a note and leaving their two children behind Spenser is all alone in the suburbs of the Cape and he is hoping that Susan will come up and join him for a relatively simple case Only it turns out not so simple when they run into Hawk leaving Harv's home Spenser gets some legit information from the local cops and is able to track down Pam and her vigilante buddies Pam's feeling super suffocated in the 'burbs and Susan gets angry at Spencer's seemingly casual dismissal of her midlife identity crisis In comparison to prior books the writing feels tighter For instance while we do have a fair amount of scenic description of the road to Hyannis it's kept down to three sentences one briefly sarcastic The soothing excitements of scrub pine and wide sea gave way to McDonald's and Holiday Inn and prefab fence companies shopping malls and Sheraton Motor Inns and a host of less likely places where you could sleep and eat and drink in surroundings indistinguishable from the ones you'd left at home Except there'd be a fishnet on the wall If Bartholomew Gosnold had approached the Cape from this direction he'd have kept on goingStrangely it's a story that is resonant in series context than in any particular value as a mystery It is very much a relationship book where Spenser and Susan explore their own growing relationship and struggle with the comparisons to the unfortunate Harv and Pam and their love based but dysfunctional relationship Pam's perspective on her self actualization and Harv's perspective on their history contain poignant but frustrated feelings It's also the start of a Spenser and Hawk friendship Hawk is introduced here as a free lance enforcer who has a shared boxing history with Spencer but an exchange of solid favors lay the foundation of their future working relationshipOf course numerous time period oink moments remain with Spencer deliberately 'not ogling' various female characters But is seems pretty benevolently oinkish as opposed to creepy Recommended for series fans but definitely not for the 'mystery' There's also an extended bit about women and 'frigidness' No thank you very much Dr Not FreudNo I did not read all the words Because visualizing their dumb outfits hurt my eye brain and I can't read about 1970s conception of sexuality without hurting my thinking brain Our first look at Hawk illustrates the clothes With him was a tall black man with a bald head and high cheekbones He had on a powder blue leisure suit and a pink silk shirt with a big collar The shirt was unbuttoned to the waist and the chest and stomach that showed were as hard and unadorned as ebony He took a pair of wraparound sunglasses from the breast pocket of the jacket and as he put them on he stared at me over their rims until very slowly the lenses covered his eyes and he stared at me through them Ok maybe I read all the words there Two and a half silk stars rounding down for oinkiness


  3. says:

    “ ‘And Hawk beat you up'‘Yeah Actually he didn’t do it himself He had two guys do it and he like supervised’‘Hawk’s moving up Executive level He was always a comer’‘He said he just does the killing now the sweaty work he delegates’”Spenser has been hired by a real estate developer named Harvey Shepherd whose wife Pam has run off Like most of Spenser's clients Harvey is kind of a self absorbed dumbass but he does genuinely love his wife Spenser uickly determines that Pam had folded under the boredom of her housewife role and Harvey’s overwhelming devotion and she’s hooked up with a couple of militant feminists circa 1976 Since she’s there of her own free will Spenser refuses to tell Harvey where she’s at However Pam’s friends get her involved in a bank robbery to finance a feminist revolution and Harvey’s got even bigger problems He owes money to a loan shark and a man called Hawk is the enforcerI doubt that Parker invented the idea of the protagonist having a useful and loyal friend on the wrong side of the law but he popularized it with the creation of Hawk Avery Brooks’ great portrayal in the TV series Spenser For Hire in the ’80s helped get the idea out in the mainstream Hawk would be a key character for the rest of the series Here he and Spenser know and respect each other but later books would have them becoming best friends I always liked that Parker would go out of his way to portray Hawk not as a sidekick but as an eual He’s always willing to back Spenser up for money or because he finds it amusing but he never played Robin to Spenser’s BatmanIn this first look at Hawk he and Spenser are on opposite sides and there’s a real tension built about the two professional tough guys potentially having to face off Parker would also use Hawk repeatedly as a mirror to Spenser’s own capacity and taste for violence The only difference is the self imposed set of rules that Spenser has created for himself to make sure that he doesn’t turn into a thug “’Doesn’t it bother you’ Susan said ‘to hurt people for money?’‘No than it does him’ Hawk nodded at me‘I don’t think he does it for money’‘That’s why ah’m bopping down the Cape in a new El Dorado and he’s driving that eight year old hog with the gray tape on the upholstery’In addition to Hawk this book has Susan and Spenser trying to determine the future of their relationship and it‘ll set the tone for the rest of the series This is also the first time that a lot of effort is spent in trying to define Spenser code of behavior In later books this would become repetitive and tiresome but it’s interesting here This one won an Edgar Award in 1977 and I was amazed at the amount of story themes and character development that Parker sueezed into 218 pagesNext up Spenser and Hawk go on an international killing spree in The Judas Goat


  4. says:

    Not Parker's best He stumbles through the feminism topic which reuires a good deal of discussion This mires the usual detective plot that the Spenser books are known for Promised Land isn't going to make feminists happy and it'll probably bore most fans of detective fiction I'm still glad I read it because Hawk makes his first appearance and I really wanted to know his origin story I wasn't disappointed


  5. says:

    I like it a lot when Spenser just gets to do his thing without his lady friend tagging along constantly asking him What It All Means As suicky as it was when he was say sleeping with both the mother daughter of his client I sort of miss those days Maybe I can read these books with one hand over my eye to cover Susan But hey Hawk was here so I suppose it wasn't all bad


  6. says:

    Spenser gets hired to track down a business man's missing wife His search for the wife leads him to a group of militant feminists and he uickly discovers the husband is in debt to a local loan shark King Powers Can Spenser get the couple back together without being gunned down by the King?This is the fourth Spenser book I've read and my favorite so far Spenser's inner nature is explored his relationship with Susan Silverman progresses he passes up some easy tail for once and he runs into Hawk the bad ass black man against which all others should be measured I'll admit I'm barely old enough to remember Spenser for Hire but I sure remember Avery Brooks as HawkThe two different plots were well done and I was pleased at how Spenser made them intersect Spenser's character continues to develop beyond the Philip Marlowe detective stereotypeAny gripes? Not really I don't really understand the appeal of Susan Silverman though Hawk is cleary Spenser's true soulmateFour easy stars I'm eager to get a hold of the next one


  7. says:

    A real period piece the plot screams 1970s but an important book in the series despite being a lesser title For it introduces Hawk


  8. says:

    Nothing can be said then what I have said previously of the other three novels I've read Great characters and decent plot Oh one thing Hawk is pretty bad ass


  9. says:

    I have to make a confession here this is the first Spencer book that I have read I've read other Parker books in his different series but never finished a Spencer I tried a Spencer novel years ago The character at that time in my life came off pretentious and arrogant I found this one on a blog that pops up periodically that describes past Edgar winners As a writer of MysteryThrillers I am always interested in the market and thought I'd give this one a go I liked itIn this book Parker does a brilliant job in the character's voice I think one of the best as far as internal point of view the perception of Spencer and his take on everything that is happening In fact there might be just a tad too muchIn Promised land the plot is merely a vehicle to display the relationships of the character More time is dedicated to his relationship aspect than what is going on in the storycaper Parker juxtaposes a disintegrating relationship between two of his clients with his blossoming relationship with his girlfriend The contrast is stark and highly engagingThe plot part of the book isn't as satisfying as it could be The ending was implausible and I didn't buy it It also kind of just dropped off almost as if Parker wasn't really interested in the ending of the caperHowever he did a brilliant job of winding up both relationships that carried the bookHe would've received five stars from me if he'd just cared a little about the caper just a smidgen Would I read another Spencer sure Especially to pick up his skill in character point of view I would also highly recommend this book to other authors for the same reasonDavid Putnam Author of The Bruno Johnson series


  10. says:

    Took me a while to figure out if Spenser was a private detective or a Boston food critic in this one as it seemed as if every thing I was reading was about what food and drinks were offered at a local restaurant or hotel lounge I thought Bubba was going to start naming all the different ways one could prepare shrimp at one point If one can get through that and all of Susan's distractions it's not a totally bad book just not what I'm used to with a Spenser book