Re: RARA-AVIS: Boston: the Combat Zone

Date: 08 Nov 2001

In a message dated Thu, 8 Nov 2001 3:58:09 AM Eastern Standard Time, "M Blumenthal" <> writes:

> William Denton asked,
> > I remember in the Robert Parkers I've read that Spenser's always having to
> > go to the Combat Zone, which seems to be a really tough red light
> > district--drugs, whores, all that. What's the story on it? Is it there
> > now?

From an British perspective, Boston is considered as a rather genteel and, I hate to say it, European City. Just an impression. I did read a Parker in preparation for Boston month (can we do London at some point?) and was not hugely impressed. I don't have it with me, but it is late in the series and involves Mexican Americans in a city near Boston, Prestwick? Prestbury? I wonder how the fictional New England in O'Connel's series - Box nine etc, town of Quinsigamund (sic) relates to Boston? All the best Colin Old Englander

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