Monday, May 31, 2010
A SAVAGE PLACE by Robert B. Parker
A Savage Place by Robert B. Parker has the right title.
A young Los Angeles television reporter hires Spenser to protect her as she investigates mob involvement with a local film studio. The mob is apparently using the studio to launder dirty money.
Spenser is his usual witty self. He continues to practice pop psychology (a part I don't like much), and as a result, he gets sloppy in his work. He puts everyone in danger.
I found the story part of this book powerful. I could have done without the feminist discussion, Spenser's ruminating on the difference between the male and the female psyche. I thought it was demeaning to the woman involved.
As a man, I always get myself in trouble when I go down the analyzing-women road, not as much trouble as Spenser does in this book, maybe, but I do get in trouble.
Still, all in all, especially by the end, I liked the book. Parker is a clear, concise storyteller. His books are a quick read. For me, when Robert B. Parker sticks to the action and the story, he does well.