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Cold Service (The Spenser Series) by [Parker, Robert B.]
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When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to accept the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him. Spenser quickly learns that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the bodegas to the police force to the mayor's office, isn't just a sign of rampant corruption-it's a form of arrogance that only serves to ignite Hawk's desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (30 August 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E78RKOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Greggorio! TOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 December 2013
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For a story that starts out with such a basic, simple premise, it ends up as quite a complex tale. Hawk is gunned down and left for dead by some thugs from the Ukraine after he is hired to protect a neighbourhood bookie. Naturally the two life long friends can't fight fate and decide literally at the end of chapter one that vengeance (and revenge) will be theirs. By book's end we are reminded of many, many things, not the least of which is by how much the world has changed since September Eleven.

This novel is essentially about Hawk. We learn more about the great unknown Man than we ever have and we are reminded, too, of how alike he is to our man Spense. By book's end the baddies have got what was coming to them and we turn the final pages in a state of joy and a little sadness as we come to realise the tale is about to finish. I must admit to not being completely sure how the story ended romantically for Hawk, but there was no shadow of a doubt how it ended for Susan and Spenser.

COLD SERVICE reads as if you were looking at a jigsaw puzzle backwards. That is, you saw how it was meant to turn out, but you kept asking yourself, "how did they do it? how on earth, did they do it?". The answer, of course, lies with the master. It's magic. Another classically original tale featuring one of the modern day wonders of detective fiction. But this time with a different focus.
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Just love Robert B Parkers PI Spenser. A monogamous, caring, and tough sleuth.
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ALWAYS GREAT.
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Gripping as usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker's Spenser books are a joy, not merely because of how well-plotted and suspenseful ... 17 June 2015
By Pete in NY - Published on Amazon.com
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Parker's Spenser books are a joy, not merely because of how well-plotted and suspenseful they are, but because of how well the relationships are cast and drawn. Since his African-American partner Hawk features so prominently in this one, and is such a compelling figure in his own right, this is a can't miss for all Spenser fans even though the action becomes a bit outlandish near the end. Never mind, like all great books, its not really about the events and actions about the characters and relationships. Suspension of disbelief and all that. . .
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS..... 30 August 2013
By Greggorio! - Published on Amazon.com
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For a story that starts out with such a basic, simple premise, it ends up as quite a complex tale. Hawk is gunned down and left for dead by some thugs from the Ukraine after he is hired to protect a neighbourhood bookie. Naturally the two life long friends can't fight fate and decide literally at the end of chapter one that vengeance (and revenge) will be theirs. By book's end we are reminded of many, many things, not the least of which is by how much the world has changed since September Eleven.

This novel is essentially about Hawk. We learn more about the great unknown Man than we ever have and we are reminded, too, of how alike he is to our man Spense. By book's end the baddies have got what was coming to them and we turn the final pages in a state of joy and a little sadness as we come to realise the tale is about to finish. I must admit to not being completely sure how the story ended romantically for Hawk, but there was no shadow of a doubt how it ended for Susan and Spenser.

COLD SERVICE reads as if you were looking at a jigsaw puzzle backwards. That is, you saw how it was meant to turn out, but you kept asking yourself, "how did they do it? how on earth, did they do it?". The answer, of course, lies with the master. It's magic. Another classically original tale featuring one of the modern day wonders of detective fiction. But this time with a different focus.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Spenser stories... 29 October 2013
By Joe H. - Published on Amazon.com
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...but better than almost anything else. After 40 some years, the words still fly off the page whenever I read a Spenser novel. I don't even have to read--the words just make their way into my head.

One reviewer complained about Parker marching all of the secondary Spenser characters through this book--there were a few he left out, but how many authors give you so many new characters that are worth repeating? Parker has created his own Universe, in which Spenser and company change (he is drinking Walker Blue Label in this one!) but never age. This year's Spenser is as virile and indestructible as the one in Catskill Eagle.

The plot in this one is a repeat of one he has used before--Hawk and Spenser set out to avenge someone, encounter many bad people, and shoot them to make the world a better place. Along the way, Spenser cooks, eats and drinks in great detail.

This book involves Susan rather extensively, and is, perhaps a bit chattier than some we have read in the past, but it deserves to be read. It is mostly a side trip in the Spenser journey, adding little we haven't seen before to the ongoing saga, but it is worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Always good 21 March 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Spenser is so well-written you have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next, and it does
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 June 2014
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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there has not been a Spenser novel written that I haven't enjoyed and this was.no different.
I was so sorry to hear that Robert Parker had died, mostly because I knew that it meant no more Spenser books, now I hear they are being written by someone else, haven't had a chance to read one yet but I will

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