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Rate this book. Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and speaks her mind. She has made a lot of enemies -- enemies who threaten her life. Spenser is the tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to protect a woman who thinks that code is obsolete. Privately, they will never see eye to eye. That's why she fires him. But when Rachel vanishes, Spenser rattles skeletons in blue-blooded family closets, tangles with the Klan and fights Looking for rachel in o r her right to be exactly what she is.
He is ready to lay his life on the line to find Rachel Wallace. Top genres for this book Mystery. Mystery Thriller. Hard Boiled. Series Spenser 6. This edition Format s, Paperback. Published August 1, by Dell. Language English. More details. Robert B. Parker books 1, followers. Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area. Parker was 77 when he died of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts; discovered at his desk by his wife Joan, he had been working on a novel. The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert CraisHarlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre. Parker was one of contemporary fiction's most popular and respected detective writers.
Best known for his portrayal of the tough but erudite investigator Spenser, Parker wrote over twenty-five novels over the course of his career, which began in Parker's acclaim and his thorough background in classic detective literature helped earn him the somewhat unusual commission of completing a Philip Marlowe novel that the great Raymond Chandler had left unfinished. Search review text. Displaying 1 - 10 of reviews. Bobby Underwood. Author 81 books followers. Though one of the early Spensers, there are elements here which make this one rank surprisingly low within the Spenser canon.
First, we have too much Susan Silverman.
Also, there is no Hawk, as even towards the end, Spenser wants to do this one on his own. As yet there is no Vinnie, my favorite of the Parker posse. The real problem with this one, however, is the thoroughly dislikable Rachel Wallace. She is a caustically angry and hostile gay feminist whose few valid points are muted by her own chip-on-the-shoulder hatred towards men, and anything related to them.
And it does, because even back when Parker wrote this, the "victim" culture so prevalent today had begun to surface. Her absence, however, drives the second half of the book, because unlike the reader, Spenser feels obligated to go find her.
It simply gave Spenser a reason to go looking for her — and therefore give us a resolution — something the reader did not always get in later Spenser entries. The bad part is that her presence is always abrasive and in some way unpleasant for both the reader, and Spenser.
The psychobabble and gobbledygook at the end of the book is just eye-rollingly inane. Other than learning that Parker must have been on a Syrian bread kick around this time — Spenser must eat it at least three times in the book — there was nothing new when I went back to read this again after many years.
It's rare for one of the earlier Spenser novels to rank as low as a small handful toward the end of this great series do, but this one unfortunately does. Bill Kerwin. Author 1 book Parker is at his best when characters with disparate manners and perspectives come to realize the ties of personal honor and moral principle which bind them together.
And no book of Parker's exhibits this aspect of his work better than Rachel Wallace. Rachel Wallace is a lesbian, a writer, and a feminist who is receiving death threats and needs a body guard. Spenser gets the job, but soon the two are at loggerhe because the autonomy her self-respect demands conflicts with the control he requires to keep her safe. They clash, she fires him, and she is subsequently kidnapped.
He vows to find her and bring the kidnappers to justice. The dialogue between the two principals is crisp and effective, and--given the feminist issues--holds up remarkably well the book was first published in It is enlivened with the customary Spenserian witticisms and his employer's able retorts, and reveals both Spenser and Wallace to be serious moral individuals committed to honorable codes.
Susan Silverman is good too, in this particular book, giving Spenser the perspective he needs to understand this woman who is different from any he has encountered before. Don't get me wrong, though. This isn't a dry exercise in sexual politics, but a good mystery filled with humor, suspense, cynical cops, bigoted villains, sharp scenes of violence, and a very exciting rescue. It is also one of the best books in a superb series. In some ways, it is as light as a comedy of manners, yet it still packs a hell of a a punch. Dan Schwent. When a feminist lesbian author gets death threats, Spenser is hired to protect her.
After he is dismissed, Rachel Wallace is kidnapped. Can Spenser bring her back alive? It's been a couple years since I've read a Spenser book. I spent a lot of time looking for Looking for Rachel Wallace at used bookstores before I gave up and moved on to easier prey.
Over the weekend, I was working on my girlfriend's door when my dremmel went dead. While waiting for my dremmel to charge, I ran to the used bookstore to find something to read. Confession time: Spenser has never been one of my favorite series detectives. I get tired of all the talk about his moral code and even more tired of his relationship with Susan Silverman. However, I still Looking for rachel in o r myself being entertained by Spenser and this book was no exception.
For a paperback original fromLooking for Rachel Wallace is surprisingly deep. Spenser and company talking about homosexuality, feminism, hate crimes, and Spenser's possibly archaic methods of problem solving. Rachel Wallace was pretty abrasive at times and Spenser's hunt for her nicely contrasted the two characters. Spenser tough-guyed and wisecracked his way to finding her, as he always does. But it wasn't all kittens and puppies for me.
For one thing, Susan Silverman was in it a little too much. For another, much bigger thing, there was no Hawk! It's a pretty slim book so I don't have a lot else to say. Three stars, leaning toward four. If you took the ultimate manly-man, tough-as-nails, smart-ass private detective and paired him with a no-nonsense feminist lesbian, would you get a hilarious new sitcom or a complete disaster?
Enter Spenser. Naturally, feminist Rachel is extremely unhappy with the set-up even before she meets Spenser. However, after Spenser gets a first hand look at the daily bullshit that Rachel has to contend with to get her message out, and when Rachel realizes that Spenser is more than just a club-wielding cave man, the two start to grudgingly respect each other.
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