Promised Land (Spenser Series #4)

Promised Land (Spenser Series #4)

by Robert B. Parker

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Spenser is good at finding things. But this time he has a client out on Cape Cod who is in over his head. Harvey Shepard has lost his pretty wife -- and a very pretty quarter million bucks in real estate. Now a loan shark is putting on the bite.Spenser finds himself doing a slow burn in the Cape Cod sun. The wife has turned up as a hot suspect in a case of murder one...the in-hock hubby has 24 hours before the mob makes him dead...and suddenly Spenser is in so deep that the only way out is so risky it makes dying look like a sure thing.
"Spenser is the sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read private eye around today." (The Cincinnati Post)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440171973
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1993
Series: Spenser Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 97,757
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker 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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Promised Land 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner, can't imagine not loving any of this series! The stories are great and the laughs are many.
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ChrisConway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recently decided to reread this Spenser, which I originally read in High School, in 1983 or 1984. This novel is the third or fourth in the series but should count as the first because Hawk is introduced and the whole Susan Silverman relationship comes into focus in a recognizable way (before becoming rote several novels later, perhaps after A Catskill Eagle). The dialogue is not as funny as later Spensers but this one has more heart than most of the later ones.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maybe happy, well-adjusted married people don't seek out private investigators or get involved with crazy women's liberation types. Spenser, with the help of Hawk and Susan Silverman, once again does the best he can to make things work out for his clients: Justice may be done, but legal crimes are not always punished.
SteveAldous on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neat story, macho characters and some witty dialogue paper over some of the more clunky philosophising.
the_unnamable on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our smart-aleck hero of the one name survives his fourth outing. And this one marks the arrival of Spenser's other half/negative, Hawk, whom I assume is integral to the rest of the series being as Avery Brooks played him on the television show.The story's just fine, Spenser's drenched in enough booze and (monogamous) sex to stun Andre the Giant, yet he somehow manages to suture a couple of shady dealings together for everyone's benefit.What's most interesting about this one is that the novel is largely a conversation about masculinity--there's a feminista group a la the Black Panthers (the Pink Panthers?). What makes Spenser? Honor? Charm? Being a horse's ass?I honestly can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spenser is so smart and likeable. It was short and yet a lot happened including a lot of emotions getting sorted. He is a man you want to know but maybe not love. Good action but nothing that makes you sickish. Good problem solver.
shipmatebob More than 1 year ago
Typical Spenser novel; under educated in the usual sense, but with a PhD in knowledge of English literature and with a vocabulary to match that sends readers to their dictionaries. The writer has a distinctive style of his own that will prove addictive to a first time reader. Old time readers of Mr. Parker don’t need a review to know the careful writing makes one search for anything the late Robert Parker wrote.
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Craig-in-VT More than 1 year ago
A quick, but excellent read. Lots of twist and turns. I felt as if I was shadowing Spenser on his travels and not just observing the activities unfold from a distance.
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