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Promised Land

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Promised Land

Spenser Series, Book 4
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Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard, a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help...
Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard, a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help...
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  • Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned private investigator and he is just settling into his new office when enters Harv Shepard, a beleaguered businessman who is looking for someone to help locate his runaway wife. So begins Promised Land, the fourth novel by Robert Parker, that follows the exploits of his cerebral but tough character, detective Spenser. Why Harv Shepard's wife abandoned her family and exactly where she has gone comprise only half the intrigue in this story, though Spenser soon discovers that Harv is a man in deep trouble, involved with a crooked loan shark and tangled in an ailing business venture.

    The real reason we keep turning the pages of Promised Land is because of the compelling figure cut by detective Spenser. The way in which he gets the information he gets about the case from police detectives, bartenders, and local thugs—Spenser's unique bracing blend of irony and sincerity that almost never encourages the people he encounters to really like him—is as interesting as the information he gets.

    Spenser is clever, often hilarious and his quips have something more than self-amusement as their end. Beneath the air of insouciant detachment and irony is a quixotic concern, as witnessed by his often self-sacrificing actions. The people Spenser meets often made predictable mistakes, falling into the same traps he has seen countless others fall into, and out of which they are mistakenly sure they can get out. Although he is weary of watching this pageant of human weakness and failure time and again, Spenser cannot help but become emotionally entangled in his cases, no matter how numbingly predictable they may be.

 
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    Chapter 1

    I had been urban-renewed right out of my office and had to move uptown. My new place was on the second floor of a two-story round turret that stuck out over the corner of Mass Ave and Boylston Street above a cigar store. The previous tenant had been a fortuneteller and I was standing in the window scraping her patchy gilt lettering off the pane with a razor blade when I saw him. He had on a pale green leisure suit and a yellow shirt with long pointed collar, open at tile neck and spilling onto the lapels of the suit. He was checking the address on a scrap of paper and looking unhappily at the building.

    "I've either got my first client in the new office," I said, "or the last of Madam Sosostris'."

    Behind me Susan Silverman, in cut-off jeans and a blue-and-white-striped tank top, was working on the frosted glass of the office door with Windex and a paper towel. She stepped to the window and looked down.

    "He doesn't look happy with the neighborhood," she said.

    "If I were in a neighborhood that would make him happy, he couldn't afford me."

    The man disappeared into the small door beside the tobacco store and a minute later I heard his footsteps on the stairs. He paused, then a knock. Susan opened the door. He looked uncertainly in. There were files on the floor in cardboard boxes that said FALSTAFF on them, the walls still smelled of rubber-based paint and brushes and cans of paint clustered on newspaper to the left of the door. It was hot in the office and I was wearing only a pair of paint-stained jeans and worse sneakers.

    "I'm looking for a man named Spenser," he said.

    "Me," I said. "Come on in." I laid the razor blade on the windowsill and came around the desk to shake his hand. I needed a client. I bet Philo Vance never painted his own office.

    "This is Mrs. Silverman," I said. "She's helping me to move in. The city knocked down my old office." I was conscious of the trickle of sweat that was running down my chest as I talked. Susan smiled and said hello.

    "My name is Shepard," he said. "Harvey Shepard. I need to talk."

    Susan said, "I'll go out and get a sandwich. It's close to lunchtime. Want me to bring you back something?"

    I shook my head. "Just grab a Coke or something. When Mr. Shepard and I are finished I'll take you to lunch somewhere good."

    "We'll see," she said. "Nice to have met you, Mr. Shepard."

    When she was gone, Shepard said, "Your secretary?"

    "No," I said. "Just a friend."

    "Hey, I wish I had a friend like that."

    "Guy with your kind of threads," I said, "shouldn't have any trouble."

    "Yeah, well, I'm married. And I work all the time."

    There was silence. He had a high-colored square face with crisp black hair. He was a little soft around the jowls and his features seemed a bit blurred, but he was a good-looking guy. Black Irish. He seemed like a guy who was used to talking and his failure to do so now was making him uncomfortable. I primed the pump.

    "Who sent you to me, Mr. Shepard?"

    "Harv," he said. "Call me Harv, everyone does."

    I nodded.

    "I know a reporter on the New Bedford Standard Times. He got your name for me."

    "You from New Bedford, Harv?"

    "No, Hyannis."

    "You're gonna ran for President and you want me for an advance man."

    "No." He did a weak uncertain smile. "Oh, I get it, Hyannis, hah.

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  • Robert B. Parker is one of contemporary fiction's most popular and most respected detective novelists. Best known for his portrayal of the tough but erudite private investigator Spenser, Parker has written over twenty five novels over the course of his writing career, beginning with 1973's The Godwulf Manuscript. That novel introduced Spenser, who would be featured in over dozens more novels, including God Save the Child (1974), Mortal Stakes (1975), Promised Land (1976) and Sudden Mischief (1998).

    Parker worked in advertising before earning his Ph.D. in English and American literature with a dissertation on Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and John D. MacDonald. He taught for a time at Northeastern University before launching his career as an author, a career that met with success from the very first submission.

    Parker's acclaim and his deep background in classic detective literature helped earn him the somewhat unusual commission of completing a Philip Marlowe novel that the great Chandler had left unfinished. The result, the novel Poodle Springs, was adapted into a film by HBO and starred James Caan as the famous detective. Parker also wrote a sequel to Chandler's classic The Big Sleep entitled Perchance to Dream (1991). Robert B. Parker lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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