For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser's formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a revelation for teens about to discover an American icon.
Robert B. Parker
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It's so funny it's almost sad. When I heard about the concept of this upcoming book about the mysterious youth that led to the man our "pal" Spenser is today... I was really excited for two reasons. The first is that I couldn't wait to learn about Spenser's Father and two uncles that were teasingly mentioned periodically in the Spenser books. The second... and most tantalizing of all anticipations... was the fact that assuredly... the story couldn't possibly include the boring and predictable Susan character... now could it? Well I was sure fooled/mislead on that front. Instead of just starting with his childhood in a normally accepted prequel format... the author instead starts out in the current time with Spenser sitting on a bench in the Boston Public Garden... with... guess who? None other than the girl of Spenser's dreams... yes... the one who nibbles lettuce like a rabbit... is the most beautiful woman the good Lord ever created... the boring overused character Susan. Now...
In the summer of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", thriller novel fans get an even bigger treat: "Robert B. Parker Origins: Spenser". Because, despite that it's actually called "Chasing the Bear", that's exactly what this engrossing, adventurous, and ultimately quite moving book amounts to: no less than the tale of how Mr. Parker's intrepid detective hero Spenser- star of more than 35 novels to date- came to be.
"Chasing the Bear" is recommended for all Spenser fans, but especially for those who feel that a kind of sameness has crept into the main Spenser series over the years (not a huge criticism on my part, though I know others have communicated the feeling). That's because this Spenser tale tells a totally fresh, new type of story, but one that flows seemlessly into- and logically informs- Spenser's modern tales.
And, though some here on Amazon didn't like the following aspect of the book, I enjoyed the fact that every second or third chapter is set in the modern...
I would have liked it a lot better if he wasn't in the present talking about his past to Susan. I would have preferred just the story of his past and I think it was priced too high. I didn't realize it wasn't a full novel like his other books.
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