A Savage Place

A Savage Place

A Spenser Novel

Paperback - 1994 1987
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Private-eye Spenser is in Hollywood to protect a beautiful reporter investigating corruption and racketeering in the movie industry, and together they search for a murderer in Tinsel Town.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 1994 1987, c1981
ISBN: 9780440180951
0440180953
Branch Call Number: Mystery Parker Pbk
PS3566.A686 S2 1987x
Characteristics: 184 p. ; 18 cm

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7626dee
Jun 05, 2016

LA is just not Spenser's place and he is sort of a fish out of water when removed from the Boston scene. I don't think Parker liked California/Hollywood and this is one of several books jabbing at La-La land.

JCLJulieT Mar 19, 2013

I love Spenser, but this novel was only OK. Spenser himself was in top form, sarcastic, clever, self-deprecating and wise. The setting, LA, was also well done - clear and detailed. But I thought the plot was dull. Maybe I just don't relate to racketeers? Also, I heartily disliked Candy Sloan. She was dishonest and insincere. She didn't have Spenser's or her own best interests at heart.

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 07, 2013

By way of a referral from a former client, Boston P.I. Spenser travels to Hollywood to meet with Candy Sloan, a TV journalist in need of protection. She is hot on the trail of the biggest story of her career - corruption and racketeering that leads to the prominent heads of Hollywood studios. When her only witness is murdered, she herself beaten as a warning, and she is officially taken off the story, Candy forges ahead with the help of Spenser. It is a deadly game and she plays with the only thing she has control of, her feminine wiles. Spenser's skill are put to the test. In the end, Candy has broken the story and given credit, though a bit late.

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 07, 2013

Throughout all of Robert Parker's books, this quote fully explains Spenser's viewpoint of his sexual indiscretions while engaged in a committed relationship with Susan:

"It's got nothing to do with fair," I said, "or unfair. Perhaps it's a real recognition that hers would be an affair of the heart, while mine is of the flesh only, so to speak."

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