A Savage Place

A Savage Place By Robert B. Parker, A Savage Place TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charg
  • Title: A Savage Place
  • Author: Robert B. Parker
  • ISBN: 9780440180951
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Savage Place By Robert B. Parker, TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering.Spenser s job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career But her star witness has just bowed out with three bulleTV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering.Spenser s job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career But her star witness has just bowed out with three bullets in his chest, two tough guys have doubled up to test Spenser s skill with his fists, and Candy is about to use her own sweet body as live bait in a deadly romantic game a game that may cost Spenser his life.
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    About "Robert B. Parker"

    1. Robert B. Parker

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database named Robert B Parker.Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser ABC television network developed the television series Spenser For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area Parker was 77 when he died of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts discovered at his desk by his wife Joan, he had been working on a novel The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre.Robert B Parker was one of contemporary fiction s most popular and respected detective writers Best known for his portrayal of the tough but erudite investigator Spenser, Parker wrote over twenty five novels over the course of his career, which began in 1973 Parker s acclaim and his thorough background in classic detective literature helped earn him the somewhat unusual commission of completing a Philip Marlowe novel that the great Raymond Chandler had left unfinished Promised Land and the other Spenser novels spawned the movie Spenser For Hire and a string of made for TV movies.

    735 thoughts on “A Savage Place”

    1. One of the virtues of re reading is that you may discover as much about your changing self as you do about your old friend the book So it was with my recent reading of the Spenser mystery A Savage Place When I read the book forty years ago, I disliked it Spenser in L.A seemed like a fish out of water deprived of his Bostonian moral compass and Susan , he makes self serving and emotional decisions, both personal and professional, thereby precipitating a dramatic and very public end to his Califor [...]

    2. As those young kids on The Internets would say Spenser FAIL One of my complaints about the later Spenser books was that he stopped making mistakes somewhere along the line Errors in judgment made him much interesting, especially in how he dealt with the aftermath of life and death decisions that went sour on him Re reading the earlier books, I ve been reminded how often Spenser screwed up, and in this one, he fucks up catastrophically on a couple of levels, professionally and personally And the [...]

    3. The word maroon appears only once in this novel I have very mixed feelings about this book in many ways.As we know, Spenser is a deeply conflicted man, and possibly an expression of Parker s own inner baggage, in some ways This book clearly shows Spenser failing his own rules several times, and in ways that detract from his heroic persona.Spenser is not a hero in the way Harry Bosch is a hero Spenser s too often selfish and cruel, with the emphasis on too often However he does have wittier dialo [...]

    4. ok, was well written, and kept me hanging on, like his other books i have 2 complaints, tho 1, i do NOT like how he take charge or guardianship over a 15 year old boy in the previous book, and then we do not hear about him again so, is he ignorning the boy just like the boy s own parents do did 2, the main character s whole logic on what is and is not cheating, or is ok cheating, is total B.S cheating is cheating, end of discussion, and NONE of it is NOT ok

    5. In this story, he gets away from a lot of the fixtures, and we get a plot and some feelings on several pages It is funny, with superbly wise ass dialogue.

    6. Meh I ve read a handful of Spenser books, and this one wasn t nearly as good as any of the others Just rambled, wasn t hardly developed or connected And the ending left me feeling that huh sort of feeling that is annoying I love Robert Parker s Spenser series, this one is just not his best one, IMO Doesn t mean I won t pick up another one, though We can t none of us be 100% all the time.

    7. A Savage Place brought Boston P.I Spenser to early 80s Los Angeles.Spenser accepts a bodyguard gig in LA, protecting reporter Candy Sloan After Candy begins digging into organized crime infiltration of a major Hollywood studio, she becomes the target of intimidation and attacks Spenser attempts to keep Candy safe, even as her story brings them up against a wall of silence and threats of retribution from some dangerous and powerful people.A Savage Place was one of the outings where author Robert [...]

    8. This has got to be the worst private eye novel ever written Spenser is even arrogant and conceited than ever He tells the girl that nobody can kill him Really Parker pretends to know L.A I thought he messed up a bit by mentioning Marineland My recollection was that Marineland had already gone bankrupt and been closed for several years in 1981, but apparently that was not the case, apparently they lasted until 1987 Parker describes some L.A places like he visited once or twice, even gets the nam [...]

    9. Weak 3 stars Not as interesting as others in the series Not as much humor.Spenser is hired as bodyguard for Candy, a TV news reporter Some readers will not like Candy because she uses sex to get ahead That didn t bother me, it s a character type But the author using stupidity to move the plot does bother me Candy did two stupid things I did not like And the ending was not as good as I d like.Something else bothered me Spenser and Susan are in a committed long term relationship So why does Spense [...]

    10. This was probably my least favorite book of the Spenserseries He was on location in Hollywood to protect a TVreporter investigating corruption and racketeering in themovie industry I didn t like the reporter, Candy Sloan,but thought Spenser liked her too much A classic Spenser line was I m a romantic Agreements areuseless with romantics There was a good description of Los Angeles But L.A waslike nothing I d ever seen I didn t know any place like it for sprall, for the apparently idosyncratic mix [...]

    11. 8 of the Spenser series I did not like this one at all It may be a pivotal book in the series but it did not impress me like some of the others Spenser goes out to California to protect Candy, a news reporter There is a scam going on possibly involving the mob that she has uncovered and she is trying to get information so she can expose it thru the press So there are guys after her They kill her friend who is the only witness Anyway, Spenser sleeps with her which pisses me off because he is sup [...]

    12. Set in L.A not Boston.A somewhat interesting take on L.A by Parker.Not the best Spenser book, not the worst Spenser is not quite himself in this novel.I wonder if this book could have been written as a stand alone, and then Parker decided to make it a Spenser novel.The best thing this book has going for it is that Parker did not choose the Hollywood ending.

    13. A very old Spenser that I had somehow missed It was set in Los Angeles with Spenser protecting a female TV Reporter investigating a big story from some bad doers Spenser even in Los Angeles stays Spenser, but his cohorts are not around and he is a bit macho that in later works All in all, it was a nice discovery for me and fun reading.

    14. Great as usual, but not my favorite Spenser novel He has a little problem in this one I won t mention what the problem is No Hawk or Susan, so not the usual funny dialogue in this one Still a great read though

    15. The eighth novel in the Spenser series opens with a quote from the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem Kubla Khan It is a symbol that marks an important change in the context of the Boston P.I s next case Spenser has received a referral from his former client Rachel Walling who tells him a woman named Candy Sloan, a reporter for KNBS TV in Los Angeles, will be getting in touch with him Candy is an investigative reporter hot on the tail of an important story about mob connections to the film industry Bu [...]

    16. Spenser rules R.B.Parker s books offer such satisfaction on a very simple and profound level Devoid of baggage, quick of wit, supremely comfortable in his profession in his skin, seemingly impervious to nervousness, squeamishness, intimidation, or any of the other ills of our civilized society, the Boston private eye is in many ways the perfect protagonist Plug him into any situation, and he will distill it down to its most basic elements do what needs doing with a minimum of emotional distracti [...]

    17. Parker s 8th book in the Spenser series was a mixed bag for me I will start out with the positives since I am a positive guy Though many people didn t like the ending, I enjoyed it This life is far from perfect and it is nice to see that even in Spenser s world things aren t good all the time I also enjoyed like always Spenser s smart ass comments that are littered throughout This book is also in Los Angeles which was a nice change from Boston.Now the things I didn t like about the book Candy Sl [...]

    18. Spenser is hired to be body guard for the beautiful investigative reporter Candy Sloan by her Los Angeles TV station Despite Spenser s committed relationship with Susan, Candy and Spenser form a bond , she quickly seduces Spenser and, well, Bottom line, Spenser is not faithful to Susan and make excuses to Candy that he will tell Susan what they did and that Susan will be upset but understand eye roll Candy is dogged in her pursuit of illegal practices and payoffs, putting her life in danger des [...]

    19. I m an ardent fan of Robert B Parker s Spenser series and even a moderate fan of the rest of his oeuvre And view spoiler I really like how Parker pushed the bounds of Spenser s own fallibility in this book However, Spenser s lengthy rationalization of his adultery and the often twisted ramblings on the women s movement ruined this one for me Even for a series that revels in the objectification of women, this one hit a unique low Fortunately the later Spenser novels completely abandon the bull cr [...]

    20. This book offers the most appealing female character other than Susan herself Spenser likes her and so do I That was clear in the first pages, and I immediately marked her for death I thought she might even die before Spenser met her face to face and he s spend the novel hunting her down When she made it to the final chapters, I thought I had been wrong I was cheering and happy and then she was done in I still loved the novel I understand how Spenser felt when he went a bit mad afterwards A joy [...]

    21. I had never read a book by this author but needed a real quick read and this fit Well developed characters with just enough background of the series so the reader doesn t seem to be missing any information regarding Spenser the private eye Also it didn t feel dated even though it is from the 1980 s.

    22. What can you say about a writer who can conjure up the likes of Spenser as well as Hawk Their repartee is the hook and the plots and additional characters reel you in Anyone who has lived in Boston will particularly enjoy the settings and characters I am trying to finish up reading every single one of the Spenser series Almost done

    23. Spenser heads out to La La land of L.A Hollywood, to help look after a TV news anchor With the different scenery on the west coast, Parkers descriptions of dress styles of the early 80 s are priceless Even without Hawke in this case, there was even some body count Spenser, with his witty remarks, that usually make matters worse, never get too old for me.

    24. Spenser travels to L.A to protect a news personality bumping up against the Mob I have always enjoyed the way Parker describes Boston he does the same great job with the City of Angels Another essential Spenser read.

    25. Spenser is a private detective in Boston and has been hired to be a bodyguard for television reporter Candy Sloan in Los Angeles as she investigates a corrupt movie studio Candy suspects it s the mob who is behind it As they start investigating, people start getting killed Spenser tries to convince Candy to go to the police with what she knows but she keeps holding back because she wants to break the story and get the glory to advance in her career.This is the eighth in the Spenser series there [...]

    26. Loathed this one Spenser is hired to protect a L.A television reporter named Candy and she, a second wave feminist with false eyelashes doesn t want his help in getting her big story and thus her career boost For once the damsel in distress isn t saved What puzzles me about this book In later Parker Spenser novels, Candy was another love of his life woman, but in this book I think it s clear he questions her choices thrusting herself into danger , the one night stand that neither of them took se [...]

    27. It s a very quick read, but the story is just OK The mob connections are pretty shallow and the rationale for placing Spencer in Hollywood is not especially strong My Dad was a fan of the TV series and I used to watch it with him on occasion when I visited Often, I try to imagine the dialogue as if Robert Urich is speaking it though I have much stronger memories of him playing Dan Tanna My Dad really liked Urich s series called Vega In any case, I reference those pleasant and vague memories beca [...]

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