Bill Crider (abc@wt.net)
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 19:45:07 -0500 (CDT) Hey, wait a minute. Not everyone on this list hates Robert B. Parker. I've
read every one of his books, including the most recent ones, and enjoyed
them all. He may not be the best plotter around, but he makes me laugh out
loud sometimes. Sure, he recycles scenes from book to book, but who cares?
For example, in SMALL VICES, there's a scene where the Bad Guys come into
Spenser's office to intimidate Spenser and Hawk. Do you think they succeed?
How many times have you read this same scene in the past? And there's
another scene later on, outside of Boston, where the Bad Guys think they
have the drop on Spenser and Hawk. Fat chance. Read that one before? Me,
too, but I don't care. I love it when Spenser says something like, "There
were five of them and only two of us, but one of us was Hawk, and the other
one of us was me." And then they kick butt.

Bill Crider

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