Crimson Joy

Crimson Joy

Paperback - 1989
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Spenser is back on his home turf: a Boston of sleaze and surprises, dangerous days and deadly nights. A serial killer is on the loose in Beantown and the cops can't catch him. Called the "Red Rose Killer" because he leaves a long-stemmed red rose on each woman he slays, he's terrifying every female who has to go out after dark. But once Spenser joins the chase, the murder's trail turns toward home when a rose is left for Spenser's own Susan Silverman.
Published: New York, N.Y. : Dell, 1989, c1988.
ISBN: 9780440203438
Branch Call Number: F PAR
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,18 cm.


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Jul 31, 2016

Parker must have been going through some kind of personal crisis with his own wife when he wrote this. Way too much of Susan and her shrink wrap. That Spenser can tolerate her is fine for the story plot, I quite frankly couldn't.

Jul 08, 2013

Enjoyed this book very much. Quick read; not a lot of rousting action. Hawk and Spenser are always a dynamic duo, although their interaction and humor was quite subdued in this book. There was a lot of focus on the professional dynamics between Spenser and Susan, which some may not understand if you haven't read a lot of Parker. Still, you can never go wrong with Spenser.

BeccaBB Feb 06, 2013

I like Spenser and I like Hawk which is what makes these books work for me. I like the quips and the sarcasm. Unfortunately I think there was less of that in this one. A lot of the book took place between Spenser and Susan. There is a lot of them working out why their relationship works so well and how they can both can do their jobs, even when they happen to intersect, and still keep their personal relationship strong. At times it seemed to be the focus of the book even more than the serial killer and, for me, it took up a little too much of the book. I still liked the book and I always find Spenser books to be fun quick reads. Spenser fans will read all of the books anyway so what I say won’t make a difference to them but for people who aren’t fans yet I would suggest starting with a different one and working your way around to this one if you find you like the others.


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Jul 08, 2013

Spenser, Hawk, Quirk, and Belson join forces to catch a serial killer. His targets are all 40-ish black women, bound, gagged, and shot. A single red rose left on each body earns him the title Red Rose Killer. After seeking professional advice from psychologist Dr. Susan Silverman, it is soon evident that the killer is one of her patients. When it seems his next target may very well be Susan, the significant other of Spenser, the course of action pits Spenser's and Susan's professional ethics against one another. After much give and take, they begin to understand how the other's strength complements their weaknesses. After much foot work, surveillance, and round-the-clock protection, Spenser gets his man.


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Jul 08, 2013

"I complete yours (her shortfalls). Our strengths and weaknesses interlock so perfectly that together we are more than the sum of our parts." - Spenser


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