Now and Then (Spenser Series #35)

Now and Then (Spenser Series #35)

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Investigating a case of infidelity sounds simple—until it plunges Spenser and his beloved Susan into a politically charged murder plot that’s already left three people dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781415943199
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Spenser Series , #35
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Now and Then (Spenser Series #35) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
hotbaby9178 More than 1 year ago
Now and Then was about a man that happened to be an FBI agent, who goes to Spencer (who is a private investigator) to spy on his wife to see if she is cheating on him. The thrill in this book is amazing. It is a fast read and I love this book. I never read so it means a lot if I fall in love with a book. I have also read The Boxer and The Spy. It is also an amazing book. Now and Then is so amazing that everyone should read it.
Guildenstern More than 1 year ago
As usual, when reading Spenser novels aloud, one must skip over many of the "he/she said" phrases. Parker doesn't even bother to change the verb from "said" to "asked" in the case of questions, much less use any kind of synonyms or Swifty adverbs, but between the quotation marks is some very witty repartee. Anyway, the interactions of Spenser with Hawk, Susan, various law enforcement types, and underworld characters provides a familiar escapist environment in which moral principles are individualistic and unfettered by absolutes or by law. I read these books as much for the humor, which is also indiosyncratic, as the plot. Part of the humor is based on the peculiar world Parker has created and is inexplicable otherwise. Spenser is drawn as a one-of-a-kind character that we wish we were, but the other characters are more interesting as literary devices than as people. In fact, they are not really people at all, which is where the escapism fits in. Why live in the real world where one must obey real moral and institutional laws and deal with complex but mundane human beings when you can pretend to be above and beyond all that? This book includes appearances by Susan, Pearl, Hawk, Vinnie, Chollo, and Epstein. If you don't know who those characters are, start by reading earlier Spenser novels. This plot is not exceptional but adequately mysterious and very satisfying in the Parker tradition.
PeanutCK More than 1 year ago
This was my first "Spenser" Series book and was really a great read! Loved the "Spenser" character and his style of writing. Cover was attractive and one of the main reasons for my purchase. Was not disappointed and will buy more of the "Spenser" series.
poncho51 More than 1 year ago
This was a good [easy read] story with an uncomplicated plot.
whit More than 1 year ago
The book is about a guy who is a detective. A FBI agent asks him to watch his wife too see if she is messing around with another man. Well he finds out that she is and tells the husband that she is and then the wife gets shot. Then the husband gets pushed into the lake and gets killed. then the detective tries to find out weho kills them.

I liked this book a lot. I recommend this book to a person who likes mysteries. This book kept me waiting on whats about to happen next. I thought that the book had great dialog and was easy to read.

What i didn't like about the book is that it was to wordy, but other then that i liked the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every one of Parker's books. Loved every one of them. The earlier ones, I plan to re-read. I understand that he has 6 waiting at the publishers. The print lines are getting spaced farther and farther apart to make the book look thick. They are more like short stories. Maybe he should take more time in his writing and stop producing like a hack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast read, but disappointing story and plot, if there was one!
HankIII on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was well aware of the whole Parker-Spencer series, so I read this one, (my first one) and I finished it. It's an easy read--sparse, to the the point, and not over the top with gratutious violence, the latter has become a big turn off in my reading novels of this pop suspense/mystery genre. Thus, in that aspect Now and Then has a positive. After about 2/3rds of the book, however, I found myself losing interest. I can't even remember the cast of characters except for Spencer and his sidekick, Hawk. There's some past baggage with Spencer and his main gal, a shrink, who seems to be in trouble with the antagontist.I have two more Spencer novels awaiting a future read; I'm glad I didn't pay for any of them.Anyway, ho-hum.
ABVR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The "Spenser" series has been running for so long (The Godwulf Manuscript appeared more than 35 years ago) and the characters have become so well-established that reading a new one is a little like reading a Greek myth you've never encountered before. You know how Spenser, Susan, Hawk, and the rest of Parker's stock company are going to think and act . . . just like you know that Achilles is going to be proud and invincible, Odysseus wily and cunning, Athena wise and grave, and so on. You don't really want to see Achilles embark on a second career as a minstrel or Athena get plastered and whoop it up with Bacchus and Apollo.Viewed on those terms, Now and Then delivers the goods in the solid, polished, professional way we've come to expect from Parker. Spenser, Susan, Hawk, and the rest do what they do and the mystery--does it really matter what the details are, at this point in the series?--unspools in competent if not especially inspired fashion. Long-time fans of the series will, inevitably, find many of the scenes familiar (the Nth visit to a suspect's old high school, the Nth dig at pompous college professors, another instance of Susan endangered by a client (see Crimson Joy) and so forth. Among the familiar bits, however, Parker still manages to offer details that are fresh: Frank Belson's eye for crime-scene detail, Vinnie Morris' long-ago career as an electrician, the need to patch bullet holes in the wall after a shoot-out. If you still enjoy a few hours spent in the company of the old gang, watching them be their archetypal selves, you'll enjoy the book.Note: Many fans of the series have, over the years, become a little fed up with the relationship between Spenser and Susan and the amount of time that Parker spends showing us how besotted they are with each other. I don't fall into that category myself (I like the idea of a tough-guy detective in an adult, emotionally fulfilling relationship with a woman, and I can put up with Susan's implausible perfection on the grounds that we only see her through the eyes of someone blind to her faults). If you do fall into that category, be warned: The principal subplot in Now and Then is Spenser and Susan talking about their relationship and how the events of his current case echo what they went through twenty years earlier (in Valediction and A Catskill Eagle). I'm not sure whether I buy the subplot or not, but I have to give Parker credit for being willing, at this stage of the series, to examine one of its least-examined elements.
dbeveridge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sorry, Spenser still charms me, as repetitive, predictable, shallow as they are, I've been reading them with pleasure for two decades. I still get at least one out-loud chuckle from every book.Spenser books are the ultimate cheeseburgers...lacking any nutritional value, and utterly delicious.
susanamper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about the 757th Spenser novel, and like the last 5 or so, it's very routine. The book zips along, but it's not much fun. And Spenser and Susan just keep discussing or failing to discuss their temporary split up of 20 years earlier. Does anyone really care? Not me. Spenser should be retired.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like Spenser, you like Spenser. You might, say, read all of the books in sequence every once in a while just to remind yourself of what Boston is like — it's not like it takes more than a week or two (~3 hours per book?). Now & Then is the story of a is-my-wife-cheating-on-me case turned into a multiple homicide involving a shady professor with connections to terrorist organizations. The case resonates with Spenser since it might allow him to resolve some things about Susan's interlude with Russell Costigan. Hawk, Vinnie, Chollo, Quirk, Agent Epstein, CIA guy Ives and Pearl II all make appearances.
wfzimmerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spenser and Susan edge towards getting married. A bad guy edges towards endangering Susan, but doesn't actually do it. Parker should have pushed this closer to the edge.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never thought I would say this, but I"m getting tired of Spenser. This book makes Spenser recall how he felt 20 years (20years!!) ago when Susan had an affair, and the whole book was essentially about that, and I just felt like, it was 20 years ago, get over it. I mean he kept saying he was over it, but he hadn't let himself kill the man then, and has to deal with the fall out of an affair for the man who approached him and his wife. The dialogue wasn't as witty or felt more predictable, and the mystery wasn't so mysterious. There were also way too many bodies, to have no repercussions for Spenser and his gang. So this one didn't work for me. I prefer John Sandford right now.
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I read this book a long time on hard cover Shelleyma
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This book kept my attention from beginning to end; not a doll moment through the story. It's my first book by this author and i'm certainly going to look into more from this very long series.
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