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October 18, 2009 / C.T. Henry

REVIEW: Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker

early autumnWhile Looking for Rachel Wallace was enjoyable, I really don’t understand people’s fascination in Robert B. Parker’s Spencer series.  His books always leave me wanting.  There’s never much of a plot.  Little, if any thing, takes place in the novel because it’s never developed enough.

Some critics think that Early Autumn marks Parker’s best Spencer novel, but after finally reading it, I completely disagree. Spencer basically adopts a teenaged boy, whose father and mother are divorced and don’t want him.  Instead the boy is used as a pawn so that each parent can hurt the other.  So Spenser decides to take him away from his parents and makes him eat the same food he does, do the same workout he does, and have the same philosophy that he does.  It’s about Spencer teaching a young boy how to be just like him.  Boring!

Parker has a reputation as Boston’s crime master, but he can’t hold a candle to the superb writing of Dennis Lehane.

Verdict: DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (Translation: Not recommended)

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