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Sudden Mischief

Parker, Robert B.

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ISBN 10: 039914370X / ISBN 13: 9780399143700
Published by Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Softcover uncorrected proof. Flatsigned on ffep. A Spenser novel, involving his longtime-girlfriend Susan and her ex-husband, who has been accused of sexual harassment, obligating Spenser to take on a somewhat-distasteful case. The inside cover blurb describes this novel as one of Parker's most 'morally complex.' A very good copy with creases to front cover hinge and lower front quadrant, small surface tears and rubbing to spine. 288 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 12598

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Title: Sudden Mischief

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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When Spenser comes to the aid of his long-time love, Susan, in her efforts to help her ex-husband Brad Sterling, he finds himself caught up in a twisted battle against some very bad men, shadowy mob connections, and a woman tormented by her past. 150,000 first printing. Tour.


Sudden Mischief, the 25th Spenser novel, finds Robert B. Parker's seemingly ageless sleuth once again engaging Boston's bad guys and sorting out life's moral dilemmas, all (or mostly) in the name of love. When Spenser's girlfriend, psychiatrist Susan Silverman, asks him to investigate charges of sexual harassment leveled against her ex-husband, Brad Sterling, the detective agrees, though the assignment "shows every sign of not working out well." As the sexual harassment allegations melt like April snow, Sterling drops out of sight, a dead body appears in his office, and Spenser discovers a murky slush of clues that suggest Sterling's work as a marketing genius for local charities has been a front for some truly despicable criminal activities. As always, the more-than-slightly-shady Hawk is on hand to help Spenser sort the good from the bad, but Spenser is left to his own devices when it comes to making sense of the emotional havoc the case creates in his relationship with Susan. And what devices they are: emotionally mature and physically dynamic, Spenser once again proves himself as detective, friend, lover, and human being as Sterling's reappearance forces Susan to examine her past and her conscience while searching for her own autonomy. As always, Spenser endures as an intelligent, ethical, and poetic private eye, even if his endless middle age seems a bit supernatural. Parker's nimble, Spartan prose suits a character who carries his years in wisdom rather than body fat. If the heart of any truly great detective series is a truly great detective, Sudden Mischief and the rest of Parker's Spenser novels surely fit the bill. --L.A. Smith

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