It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the
menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young
boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an
organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job
opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide's mentor, Jackie Alvarez,
is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its
tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like
him back on the street. But it's not a simple case of
intimidation—Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a
dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street
Business serves threatens not just the boys' safety and security, but
their lives as well.
Unfinished at the time of his death, Silent
Night was completed by Parker's longtime agent, whose decades-long
association with Parker's work gives her unique insight and perspective
to his voice and storytelling style. Her contribution also speaks
volumes about their enduring friendship.
thought this was a very simple mystery to read without a lot of depth or
details. It was a quick read and didn't have twists like I enjoy in
other mysteries. Even so, I did enjoy it. This is the second Spenser
Series book I have read. As you can see above this is book 42.5 in the
series. From what I understand the books do not have to be read in
order. From what I understand as well is that the old TV show "Spenser
For Hire" is a take off from these books. I never watched the show.
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawaii more than a century
ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a
deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. It covers
an 80 year span from 1891-1970.
Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old
Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a
merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin,
and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family,
Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the
island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she
discovers it is only just beginning.
the book to be heartbreaking and uplifting, following the story of
Rachel Kalama. With death all around her she still showed incredible
strength and courage for herself and others. She dealt with each
challenge and was a positive influence to all those around her. I
admired her bravery in dealing with her illness and not letting it take
over her life.
I also enjoyed this book because it opened my
eyes to a problem, to which I had never given much thought to, even
though it was unpleasant. I learned much about the leper colony on this
small island of Hawaii. It was also very detailed and many of the
political figures and certainly the locations were factual. I learned
about Hawaii's history over the 80 year span.
There were themes
of religion, culture, family life and politics within the book. I also
like how the book ended even though the last 20 years were rushed
Since there were so many Hawaiian words throughout the
book, I would have liked if the author included a glossary of the terms
in the back of the book. It would have definitely helped me!
A theater manager is being stalked by a mysterious
figure and asks Spenser to help. Before he can start investigating, an
actor is shot and killed on stage during a performance. An actress also
complains of being followed. While he’s trying to figure out exactly
what’s going on, Spenser gets threatened by the leader of the local
Chinese gangs. After surviving a hail of bullets, Spenser and Hawk turn
to gunman and gangster Vinnie Morris for assistance.
Parker is a new author for me. I am going to add him to my list of
good detective story writers. A friend of mine gave me the book to read
since I like the detective genre. This one did not disappoint me. It
was an easy read that kept me guessing until the end. I did have some
hunches though as I read through the book. Apparently, this is one of
the books from The Spenser Series which includes 39 books!! I would
imagine if I go back to the first book in the series, I will get some
background information about the characters and the situations they have
The only thing that annoyed me was the overuse of
the word "said." It was constantly "I said, She said, or He said."
There are lots of words that can be used to substitute for the word
Fairy Tale Weddings contains two previously published Debbie
Macomber novels. Cindy and her Prince is a modern retelling of
Cinderella and Some Kind of Wonderful is a modern retelling of Beauty
and the Beast.
I usually don't like to read two
stories in one book but this book was an exception. Cindy and Her
Prince was ok, but I didn't particularly care for the story line. It
was unrealistic to me because Thorne fell in love with Cindy almost
instantly. I guess that is what makes the story a fairy tale but she
was annoying to me since she couldn't make up her mind about their
Some Kind of Wonderful really held my attention
more. The story line was more developed and more intense at times. I
was drawn right into it from the beginning. I like how the two leading
characters were there for each other and were influential in changing
each others lives for the better.
A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a
family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . .
. the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a
psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the
FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him - even after
he's been captured.
Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the
century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against
him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret
Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any
thriller you have ever read.
Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are
about to have a forbidden love affair--at the worst possible time for
both of them. Because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The
latest of the unspeakable crimes happens in Alex Cross's precinct. It
happens under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan's men. Now Alex Cross must
face the ultimate test: How do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath.
really liked this book a lot since I enjoy reading suspense,mystery,
and crime books. It was definitely a page turner for me. The chapters
were only a few pages long which I like when reading books. I wanted to
keep reading to see what would happen next. Gary was definitely a sick
cookie. The crimes he committed were horrific. There were some
surprises throughout the story. I plan on continuing to read The Alex
the death of her little boy, Joey, Arden Gentry feels a terrible
emptiness. Divorced and devastated over the loss of her son, Arden is
But she has another son -- a child she agreed to
give up at birth to save her marriage and her family from financial
ruin. Now that Joey is gone, Arden is convinced that the son she'd never
held could ease her overwhelming heartache.
After years of
monitoring his whereabouts, Arden leaves Los Angeles behind and goes to
Maui, where her son is currently living. But in the tropical paradise of
Hawaii, Arden starts to doubt her decision to contact him. Because she
knows that finding him could resurrect all the half-truths, secrets and
unspeakable lies that surrounded his birth.
My review: I have
mixed feelings about this book. I liked the beginning chapter when the
plot was introduced and I definitely liked the last 60 pages. I couldn't
put it down. I was really into those parts.
The middle of the
book was unrealistic to me. The way the 2 main characters fell in love
so quickly was ridiculous. I do like how they both had self esteem
issues and they were able to help one another overcome them. However,
the explicit sex scenes, I could have done without. I found myself
scanning over those parts since they became repetitive and they were
fill-ins for the plot.
Without giving too much away, I was really annoyed with one of the characters since he was a dirty rotten scoundrel.