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Back Story (The Spenser Series) by [Parker, Robert B.]
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In 1974, a revolutionary group held up the Old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveller's checks, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security-camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three decades. Enter Paul Giacomin, the closest thing to a son Spenser has. Twice before, Spenser's come to the young man's assistance; and now Paul is thirty-seven, his troubled past behind him. When Paul's friend Daryl Gordon-daughter of the long-gone Emily-decides she needs closure regarding her mother's death, it's Spenser she turns to. The lack of clues and a missing FBI intelligence report force Spenser to reach out in every direction-to Daryl's estranged, hippie father, to Vinnie Morris and the mob, to the mysterious Ives - testing his resourcefulness and his courageousness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (26 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X74FG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Greggorio! TOP 10 REVIEWER on 2 December 2013
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When Spenser's unofficial son Paul Giacomo asks for help, there is no force on Earth that will stop Spenser from complying. Eyebrows are raised however when the assistance takes the form of the investigation into a 24 year old unsolved mystery of his girlfriends mothers murder. Not only did the case go unsolved, but important papers have gone missing, including - of all things - the official FBI report on the confessed murderers.

Robert B Parker was a master invoking the emotions of the reader to enhance his story telling experience, and BACK STORY is no exception. New friends are made, new enemies are encountered, but early on tears will flow and a sob is sure to escape your chest when a much-loved character returns to the "family". All of this and the hunt for killer has not even started.

Two legends of the Parker universe meet like a clash of meteors in the night sky as an added incentive to read this book, which is sure to leave the reader with goosebumps. Looking back, Sheriff Stone's role was quite small but his mere presence across such a small number of pages adds volumes to both the significance of the book, as well as the reader's enjoyment.

BACK STORY is quite a complex read. By book's end you will be struggling to keep up with whom did what to whom (unless you take notes) but with some heart pumping excitement towards the end, and some greatly appreciated sentimentality and psychoanalysis between our two favourite lovers it all comes out in the wash. Another awesome reading experience from the master of the crime novel.

BFN Greggorio!
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Always enjoy Parker,s books, well written. Tongue in cheek baddies with flawed personalities. Pure fantasy with very few moralising asides. Entertaining stuff
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By Springa TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 November 2015
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Good story and characters - recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book great fast read 21 September 2016
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I really liked this book great fast read. Page turner.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Back Story", the kindle version of one of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. 11 September 2013
By J.C. Barr - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not quite so full of the wisecracks I have come to know and love when reading books with Spenser as the main character, but on the other hand, it does contain quite a bit about Spenser's significant other, Susan, and even better, his assistant, if that is the way to describe him, Hawk. Hawk is huge, very strong and fit, totally loyal to both Spenser and Susan, and entertains by moving seamlessly in his speech from a caricature of poor black man to highly intelligent college graduate. This ability is used to provide the main humour in this book.
Initially Spenser is "hired" to unravel a murder which occurred 28 years earlier, though his only fee appears to consist of half a dozen donuts. Since he has to pay for a lot of travel and accommodation in the course of his search for the truth, he must have been seriously out of pocket.
He also has to call on Hawk and some other `hard men' to protect Susan, who is being threatened by those with a vested interest in stopping Spenser or anyone else from finding out who did the actual killing and why. And to protect his own life, Spenser has to do some killing himself. Self-defence appears to be a satisfactory defence in the eyes of the law, as Spenser doesn't seem to be slowed down by pesky law enforcement interfering with his pursuits.
The perpetrators of the original crime have no inhibitions about adding to them, and this adds to the general suspense.
The interaction between Spenser and Susan provides the love interest. Although afraid both for herself and for Spenser, Susan is determined not to stand in the way of his chosen vocation.
The ending of the book contains some surprises, which is as it should be, and it is overall an entertaining read, and even contains some charming episodes for dog lovers.
I certainly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best dialogues between Hawk and Spenser 11 April 2015
By Howard S. - Published on Amazon.com
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OK so this is the 2nd or 3rd time I've read Back Story and it gets better every time. All of the characters are there plus the introduction of Jesse Stone - and the dialogue flows. No one writes a better character then Parker and no two characters have better conversations then Hawk and Spenser. And Susan's words are not bad either. The story flows, a bit confusing, but yet it still works right up to the typical Spenser end with Spenser's honor code right up front and visible. That is what I love so much about these stories and characters and what compels me to read and re read them. It is almost as if I never read them, everything is crisp, well defined and every other chapter or so brings a chuckle along with a phrase well turned. Spenser is one of my all time favorite fictional characters and Parker rarely, if ever, disappoints.
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Convoluted at Times 14 January 2016
By Liam Person - Published on Amazon.com
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.I like the Robert B. Parker novels because of his writing style. They’re fast paced, and I like the short clipped dialogue. This was a typical Spenser story with people trying to kill him and his girlfriend, Susan, because he [Spenser] was getting too close to the truth.

However, I have to give this story three stars because, although it was an interesting enough story, I found it to be a bit convoluted. Keeping track of all the characters was a bit confusing at times. I think even Mr. Parker had difficulty keeping track of them. .

I’m far from being a prude, but I also thought his use of the “f” word was a bit overdone.
4.0 out of 5 stars DON'T LET THIS ONE GO BY!!!! 11 June 2013
By Greggorio! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When Spenser's unofficial son Paul Giacomon asks for help, there is no force on Earth that will stop the great PI from complying. Eyebrows are raised however when the assistance takes the form of the investigation into a 24 year old unsolved mystery of his girlfriends mothers murder. Not only did the case go unsolved, but important papers have gone missing, including - of all things - the official FBI report on the confessed murderers.

Robert B Parker was a master invoking the emotions of the reader to enhance his story telling experience, and BACK STORY is no exception. New friends are made, new enemies are encountered, but early on tears will flow and a sob is sure to escape your chest when a much-loved character returns to the "family". All of this and the hunt for killer has not even started.

Two legends of the Parker universe meet like a clash of meteors in the night sky as an added incentive to read this book, which is sure to leave the reader with goosebumps. Looking back, Sheriff Stone's role was quite small but his mere presence across such a small number of pages adds volumes to both the significance of the book, as well as the reader's enjoyment.

BACK STORY is quite a complex read. By book's end you will be struggling to keep up with whom did what to whom (unless you take notes) but with some heart pumping excitement towards the end, and some greatly appreciated sentimentality and psychoanalysis between our two favourite lovers it all comes out in the wash.

Another awesome reading experience from the master of the crime novel.

BFN Greggorio!

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