The Professional

The Professional

Book - 2009
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A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower- and now he's blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower "cease and desist," so to speak, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment goes from blackmail to murder.

As matters become more complicated, Spenser's longtime love, Susan, begins offering some input by analyzing Eisenhower's behavior patterns in hopes of opening up a new avenue of investigation. It seems that not all of Gary's women are rich. So if he's not using them for blackmail, then what is his purpose? Spenser switches tactics to focus on the husbands, only to find that innocence and guilt may be two sides of the same coin.

With its eloquently spare prose and some of the best supporting characters to grace the printed page, The Professional is further proof that "[t]here's hardly an author in the crime novel business like Parker" ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ).

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.
ISBN: 9780399155949
Characteristics: 289 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Mar 08, 2017

Complicated bad guy and very complicated ladies who "just can't help themselves" around this Lothario. Lot more action in staid old Boston than I would have credited.

Nov 18, 2016

lots of nice quotes, which the ones by Atkins don't always seem to have, though if I remember right the last one by Atkins did.

Apr 26, 2016

Someone kidnapped my family at the exchange and receipts keep charging them for federal reserve which is department human services they don't do shit for family.

Dec 31, 2015

This is as delicate as any case a private investigator might handle. PI Spenser is hired to stop a blackmailer from exposing his simultaneous affairs with several married, rich women without notifying any spouse or the authorities. The selfish lothario, Gary Eisenhower, who possesses a gifted womanizing prowess, rationalizes that to maintain his expensive “hobby” (pursuing married women) he needs to blackmail them too. The whole situation gives Spenser questions to ponder with his psychologist girl friend Susan Silverman and other associates as he matches wits with a tenacious yet appealing character. Writer Robert B. Parker is in splendid form with the wise-cracking Spenser and the case which starts to drag on his time but that is only before he can get the full story.

Feb 04, 2012

It's not my first Parker, but I'm not sure if it's my first Spencer. I'll have to look it up. This is one laid back P.I. Kinda Zen-Psychologist-Humanist-Cool guy. Good read, even though I'm not sure this kinda guy exist in reality. Or in novels even. Take the time to read this. Your blood pressure will surely thank you...

Nov 28, 2011

Classic Spenser, classic Parker. He will be missed.

Jan 13, 2011

Book #38 Not Yet Held

Mar 18, 2010

Sadly, the last of the Spenser novels. Robert Parker will be greatly missed.

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