Painted Ladies (Spenser Series #38)

Painted Ladies (Spenser Series #38)

by Robert B. Parker

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Spenser had a simple job-protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. No one was supposed to die. But the scholar had secrets no one knew, and uncovering them will endanger Spenser as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425243626
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Spenser Series , #38
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 164,229
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Painted Ladies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
oaksquare More than 1 year ago
Sure, a lot of this is like a lot of other Spenser books but that's why I like it. It is like spending time with a good old friend. Parker could always write dialog that makes you laugh out loud and there are bits in here that are as good as they get. I grew up in the Brighton Neighborhood of Boston and Parker gets Boston right like so few authors do. If you have not read other Spenser books you might want to start with an earlier one. If you like Parker, get a copy and read it.
bookgirlSE More than 1 year ago
although hawk is absent from this book, it's a great last spencer book. i've been a parker fan for years and he will be greatly missed.
FoggyNotion More than 1 year ago
This was short but I have read every Spenser and was not dissapointed in this one, if you are new to Robert B. Parker start with the Spenser series number 1 (The Godwulf Manuscript) and work your way up. There are not many authors that can say so much with so few words. If you like mysteries with some humor, not to much gore, and characters that become like family this series is for you
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adpaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker was arguably the wittiest and most intelligent American writer of his time ¿ no doubt paving the way for other luminaries such as Harlan Coban and Dennis Lehane ¿ but of all his many creations Spenser, subject of his first and last books and very many in-between, is surely the character readers love best. Painted Ladies is the penultimate book Parker wrote before a heart attack killed him at his desk last year so it is fitting that it features the tough Boston-based private eye Spenser [first name never disclosed in over 30 books], his adored long-term girlfriend Susan Silverman, and their beloved German short-haired pointer Pearl, in an art world adventure with roots in the Holocaust and paintings stolen from Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe. Kidnapping, forgery, theft, murder, snappy dialogue, literary references, fast pace and clever plotting ¿ the only thing missing from this almost-ultimate adventure is Spencer¿s inimitable and immaculate sidekick Hawk, who is allegedly somewhere in Central; Asia on a mission for the CIA.All the other regulars are here though, like Martin Quirk, Spenser¿s police contact Captain Healy, and the sexy Rita Fiore, always waiting to scoop him up should he break up with the queen of his heart, Susan. And as an added attraction for his canine fans, Parker even creates a love interest for Pearl in the form of a yellow Labrador called Otto, and the book ends with the two of them gamboling away into the sunset, watched fondly by their proud `parents¿.
watertiger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the repartee. Author, Robert Parker, had such a gift for dialogue and clean crisp story lines. I am truly sorry that he has passed, and will be even sorrier when I finish reading all of his works. Painted Ladies is the perfect reading escape for an evening of leisure reading.
crutnacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I came to Spenser years ago when Parker was putting far more effort and time into creating plots for the books. As the years progressed, the plots became Thinner, the action had fewer consequences, and the books began to exist in a sealed world where you knew Spenser and the few main characters would survive. That said, I loved each new Spenser book, if only for the chance to get a bit of literary comfort food, so I find it sad to think the Spenser series is coming to a close with another by the numbers effort from Robert B. Parker. Painted Ladies involves Spenser investigating an art theft with ties to the Holocaust. Spenser works the case mostly solo, tracking down leads among academia and a Jewish organization, spewing typical Parker dialogue with a bit of action along the way. It's strictly pain by numbers, but not as bad as some of his more recent efforts.
MaryWJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Holocaust was bad; Susan is perfect - that is pretty much the entire story here. I'm assuming Parker was starting to be in bad health with this one, or that he was just bored with the Spencer books too.
jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good finish to a series that was always fun to read with little squibs of information tucked in.
Golding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spenser is as cool and suave as ever. More revealing in his relationship with Susan. Having visited Boston recently, I realize we were staying close to his office and apt (fictitious, oc course).Very sad that Parker died, but what a way to go, with pen in hand.
Mantra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited to stumble across a new Spenser novel last week!This was finished the year before Robert Parker passed away.It's classic Spenser. I enjoyed it a lot. Hawk was not in it but everyone else was. Hopefully Hawk will be back in the last Spenserbook (?) which is due out next May.
crplotne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this novel, probably the last in the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, we work through the mystery with Spenser on his own, in some ways mirroring "The Godwulf Manuscript," the first Spenser story. Like "The Godwulf Manuscript," the theft of a historical artifact prompts the action. In this story, I am reminded of some of Parker's earlier tales about the wise-cracking detective - his first confrontation of the villain bringing out some of that dark side, where violence may not be a means only, but an end in itself - "my frustration level was saturating and I needed to hit someone." Though I missed Hawk, whom Spenser tells us is in central Asia helping the CIA, it is somehow fitting that Spenser takes this job so personally that he won't call for backup from any of his other stalwart companions. He is joined as always by his main squeeze, Susan, and regulars Healy, Quirk, Belson, and Rita Fiore come on the scene. But in the end this is a book about Spenser, setting right a situation that went bad on his watch, catching the killers of a client he didn't even like very much, clearing his name and proving he is better than the goons that set out to stop him. It is definitely not the best of the series, but it works as an endcap.
Ti99er on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Painted Ladies is another solid Spenser Series story, which is unfortunately one of the last in this long running and successful series. In Painted Ladies, our dear Spenser enters the realm of the art world. When a much sought after painting is stolen from a local museum, Spenser is hired to guard a curator during a ransom trade-off. The trade-off doesn't go as planned, and the curator is killed, now as a matter of pride Spenser vows to track down the killers. This vow may be his last if he isn't careful. Spenser quickly finds out that he isn't dealing with armatures, and must be at his best to avoid becoming another casualty in this case. Although I enjoyed the storyline, I didn¿t find Spenser to be quite as witty as he usually is. I am not sure if Parker was growing weary of writing the series, or if it was just a lull. In any case, any true Spenser fan will still enjoy their favorite gumshoe¿s tales.
GeryNC More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker at his BEST !! AND Spencer at HIS BEST !! Agreat read.
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Yall are poops if you think you can defeat Bloodclan.
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Runs in. ((I like soulslayers post about bloodclan, do you think we should ignore them for that reasom?))
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I am going back to camp for now
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Well nither do you! I wana claw someone right about now....
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Too many he said, I said. It was distracting.  I never had this problem before in a Spencer novel.
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