Review: Stardust

December 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm (mystery)

Stardust by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Spenser undertakes another rescue job in this novel, which is loaded with references to earlier novels in the series and pretty obviously draws on Parker’s experience with the filming of the Spenser TV series. Not recommended for readers who haven’t read a bunch of the earlier Spenser novels – while I think the author does a good job of laying out the relationship among Spenser, Susan, and Hawk without doing a lot of explaining, the fact that I know so much about them already may be clouding my judgment on that.

Secondary character-wise, as usual it’s full of interesting people, dangerous people, and some very, very damaged people. The mystery is about who is threatening the very talented by mentally unstable Jill Joyce – who won’t actually say exactly how she’s being threatened or who she thinks it is. There is, in fact, a reasonable explanation for that, though at this point in the evolution of the American mystery novel it might be considered a bit hackneyed.

Not one of my favorite Spenser novels, but not a bad one either.

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