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  1. Pastime (Spenser 18)
    Pastime (Spenser 18)
    Pastime (Spenser 18)
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  2. Pastime (Spenser 18)

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    Price R327.00

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The most personal and revealing Spenser thriller of all, Pastime is Robert B. Parker's electrifying masterpeice of crime fiction--a startling game of memory, desire, and danger that forces Spenser to face his own past. Ten years ago, he saved a teenage boy from a father's rage. Now, on the brink of manhood, the boy seeks answers to his mother's sudden disapearance. Spenser is the only man he can turn to.

This time, it's more than a routine search for a missing person--Spenser must search his own soul...

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Robert B. Parker
Mass Market Paperback
Great product!
G.P. Putnam's Sons
G.P. Putnam's Sons
G.P. Putnam's Sons
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I've read the first 18 Spenser novels and this is without a doubt the best and most substantial of that group.
The novel is poignant on several levels. In it he revisits his seventh Spenser book -- "Early Autumn" -- and his character Paul Giacomin, who was 15 when Spenser rescued him and became his surrogate father. Now 25, Giacomin asks Spenser to locate his flighty and mostly absent mother, who has disappeared. Along the way, Paul must find his own identity as he helps search for his mom alongside Spenser.
Parker deftly weaves a few subplots in with the major story line. Along the way, Spenser reveals his own mysterious past and how he became what he is. The antagonist, mobster Joe Broz, also has a son, Gerry, who is trying to come of age, so to speak, to take over the family business. Parker does a great job, as each person goes through his own rite of passage in this humane, yet entertaining story.
Parker's trilogy of characters -- Spenser, his girlfriend Susan... Read more
I have thirty-five novels of Parker's Spenser novels, most of which I have read. "Pastime" is, in my opinion, undoubtedly the best of all the novels I have read. It is a shame he died last year because he was still producing good novels among those of his later years, not "Pastime" which is an earlier effort. It is not worth comparing the Jesse Stone or Sonny Randall books, I have never been able to figure out why he wrote them; if he thought he had a story to tell inappropiate for Spenser then write it as an independent novel; he did this in a series of his westerns. Could he have written another story as well or as compelling or as insightful as "Pastime" in another venue? We will never know.
I think "Pastime" draws some of its interest from the small portions doled out in parts of the book about Spenser's origin. The Wyoming start is outlined broadly in just a few short sentences which, if collected in a single paragraph would have lacked the impact they gathered in the way... Read more
I have read many detective/mystery authors over the years and it's funny that I'd never read any of Parker's novels. I was given Crimson Joy by my mother and I immediately felt he was the man who gave guys like Baldacci, Crais and Connelley their entire format. Parker's characters are exemplary and the plots are amazing. I have read six more in order from Crimson Joy and just ordered four more! Love the humorous dialogue and intriguing plots. He was the best.
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