Friday, October 02, 2009

Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel by Robert B. Parker

I was hanging outside the variety store with Pearl and some guys when Luke Haden's car pulled up at the stoplight, with Jeannie in the front seat. I had never seen her riding with her father before. She saw me through the rolled-up window and mouthed the word HELP at me. HELP. HELP. I started toward the car and the light changed and the car moved forward. (33)

Fans of Robert Parker can now have a glipse at the childhood of his well-known private-eye Spenser in Chasing the Bear. Spenser flashes back to when he was 14 years old, and his classmate Jeannie has been taken by her abusive father into the woods. Rather than go for help from his father and two uncles, Spenser sets off with his dog Pearl to rescue her. He also has to deal with a racial war brewing in his home town between the Mexican and American students. Bouncing back and forth between Spenser and his wife and Spenser's past, it's an great introduction for people who have never read the Spenser series.


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