RARA-AVIS: Re: Parker

From: Sally Jane Driscoll ( renza9@yahoo.com)
Date: 15 May 2002

I'm coming in on the end of the Parker discussion but want to add that he's one of the writers I had the most enthusiasm for when I started reading him, and the one I grew most disappointed with, so much so that I've avoided him for at least the last three years.

Starting with the first books, the stories were engaging and the characters seemed new and well-drawn, but neither developed enough given the number of books that have been written. The stories seem to work to pattern and the characters are stuck. Hawk in particular seems straining to burst out of the straitjacket he's in and Susan's such a bitch that it's impossible for me to read about her any more. She doesn't come across as strong, just as a mystical spoiled brat. (Maybe I'm wrong and guys like Spenser expect her sort of treatment.) Between Hawk and Susan, Spenser sometimes seems emasculated.

I hope ol' Bubba Rugowski doesn't get jammed up like Hawk.



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