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Double Deuce chapter 1 Double Deuce, meaning Double Deuce, genre Double Deuce, book cover Double Deuce, flies Double Deuce, Double Deuce aa2b564eeb165 Hawk Wants Spenser To Wage War On A Street Gang Susan Wants Spenser To Move In With Her Either Way, Spenser S Out Of His Element So Why Not Risk Both Spenser Fans Will Love It Kirkus Reviews Deuce S Snappy Dialogue, Timely, Fast Paced Action And Quick Characterizations Make It Classic Spenser Publisher S Weekly

10 thoughts on “Double Deuce

  1. says:

    Double Deuce is perhaps the biggest missed opportunity of the entire Parker series, in my opinion Coming on the heels of Pastime, and though a good read overall, it suffers from the same malady as that book too much Spenser and Susan Silverman, too much psychobabble Pastime should have had Vinnie, and Double Deuce should have had far of Hawk and his connection to the ghetto from which he d made his way out, at great cost I m aware that people point to this as Hawk s book because of the overall story line, but having read this several times over the years, and now re reading it, my disappointment is palpable By shifting the focus of the series to Spenser and Susan, which really began in Valediction with another missed opportunity, it s as if Parker could not allow Hawk to have the depth and backstory he deserved, placing him on equal footing with Spenser and Susan So Parker kept the story line to a formula of dialog and psychobabble, and Susan Lots of Susan.While this entry seemed like a cool one when I first read it all those years ago, reading it now I can see what might have been not just for Hawk, but the entire series Spenser gives us a wonderful opening, as young Devona Jefferson clings to her baby in the projects and is brutally gunned down By having this sort of prolog, Parker could easily have interspersed the story of gangs, and the similarity between Hawk and young Major, with chapters where Hawk is alone with his thoughts, remembering his own youth, before he became the Hawk we know It would have given Hawk the depth he deserved Instead we get the Spenser and Susan stuff, moving in together and then analyzing it all to death, when what it really came down to is that they didn t belong together mainly because of her vanity and pretension, not Spenser s work.The promise of the poignant opening one of the best in the series continues for a bit, as Hawk corrals Spenser into helping him clean up Double Deuce, and find out who murdered Devona and her baby The people he s doing it for have suspect motives, one of them seeking the limelight as a platform Hawk is also involved with a woman the real reason he s doing this who works for a popular television journalist looking to exploit the situation for ratings Then there s a woman named Erin Macklin who is genuinely doing some good with the kids Naturally, we get a healthy dose of Parker s Boston liberal viewpoint because he writes her of course as an EX nun She does whisky shots with Spenser at one point in the narrative By writing her in this way, it gives Parker an opportunity to use Freud student, Theodor Reik s quote The ways of the Lord are often dark, but never pleasant It was not the first time Parker had used this quote, as I recall Un huh.Another issue lies with the plot there isn t one Okay, maybe there is one, but it s barely there This is mostly just Spenser and Hawk sitting around waiting, in a chess game between Hawk and the young kid in whom he sees himself It begs for Hawk s real story, some flashbacks, or even some intimate scenes between Hawk and Jackie, but hey, then the series wouldn t have been ALL about Spenser and Susan, ad nauseam So Hawk gets shortchanged here, just as Vinnie got shortchanged in Pastime Yes, it s their moment to either shine Hawk or break out Vinnie , but because of what Parker had done with Linda in Valediction, it could only be a spotlight, not a floodlight We get some stuff with Tony Marcus before Double Deuce is over, but it all just falls into Spenser and Hawk s lap By this point in the series Parker had already made plot secondary to that elephant in the room which was Spenser and Susan It s a real shame At one point, I just wished Vinnie would show up and pop everybody.I m still giving this three solid stars, because there are flashes of great stuff here In it s favor it is a quick, easy read which will entertain if you haven t read it before But for those who ve read the series time and again over the years, it s obvious that Double Deuce doesn t go as deep as it could or should have into Hawk I really think if Parker had written Double Deuce differently, he would never have allowed Hawk to become Tonto to Spenser s Lone Ranger, which was already happening The same could be said of Vinnie Maybe that s why Parker didn t, because if he had, the series could no longer have been just about Spenser and the annoying Silverman Perhaps that s another reason why the next book in the series, Paper Doll, was so much better He knew he d blown this one

  2. says:

    It s not a bad book, not really Nothing Parker writes is bad But not only does it seem formulaic many of the later Spensers seem formulaic but it also seems inauthentic and tentative, two qualities Parker is seldom guilty of.The story is simple Hawk has decided to help out his new lady friend, an investigative journalist, by cleaning out the gang in the local housing project Double Deuce it has the number 22 in its street address Seems the gang is responsible for a particularly egregious shooting, the murder of a fourteen year old mother Devona and her three month old daughter Crystal Of course he asks his old friend Spenser to help him, and of course Spenser accepts Double Deuce 1992 came out the same year as Richard Price s Clockers, but Parker s book has nowhere near the command of the dialogue, atmosphere and practical psychology of the projects which Price demonstrates in his memorable novel Double Deuce seems somewhat inauthentic I think that Parker to his credit knows this And that s where the tentativeness comes in.He even creates a whole new character to speak to us about these poor, disadvantaged young men And she s a pretty good character too Lady Beige, an ex nun who works with the gangs and has a taste for good Irish whiskey But when your character however well drawn must to deliver a speech on Maslow s hierarchy of needs , you should know that something somewhere has gone wrong.Another problem is that Hawk briefly takes center stage, in a situation that would naturally cause emotional turmoil Theoretically this is a fine idea, but in practice it doesn t work, because well because he s Hawk Hawk the character created by Hawk is beyond emotional turmoil.I actually enjoyed the Spenser Susan stuff in this novel The perfect duo finally move in together, and this goes no spoiler here, for fans of the series not well But it was nice to see them slightly unbalanced, not quite so perfect for a change.You know, I m beginning to think I don t really hate Susan after all The character I really want to kill off is the stupid dog of theirs, Pearl.

  3. says:

    Fueled by an explosive opening which sees a teenage mother gunned down in a ghetto along with her newborn child, Double Deuce throws Spencer and Hawk into a highly dangerous and volatile situation Given the task to do what the authorities cant, the duo situate themselves right in the middle of Hobart the ghetto amongst drug dealers, murderers, and childhood thugs Initially as a show of strength and stubbornness to deter the waring gangs from further activity, their role encompasses added prominence when a local reporter joins their stake outs to chronicle on gang violence and the affects on the community Robert B Parker holds no punches with this one despite being somewhat formulaic, there is one noticeable difference from other Spencer PI novels I ve read, that being sidekick Hawk In Double Deuce it s Hawk who takes the primary role We get a glimpse into the checkered past and hard knock life of the bad guy turned good but also gain an appreciation for the man he wants to be It was interesting to watch Hawk s love interest play out, first from a spectator to almost feeling the same emotions as Hawk by novels end The scenes between Major the gang leader and Hawk are brimming with tension and suspense with gun play bubbling ever so close to the surface I particularly enjoyed the sense of comradely between Major and Hawk while sitting on opposite sides of the law The surface plot goes much deeper and the gang itself are just one of many problems the PI s are forced to face Double Deuce is a highly enjoyable read More than the plot suggests, Hawk and Spencer are given adequate time to grow themselves while also maintaining the harden PI facade that s made them such entertaining and identifiable characters The fast pace ending is film worthy, a showdown not dissimilar to a classic western I guarantee you ll hold your breath until that fatal bullet reaches its destination 4 stars.

  4. says:

    You working on anything Hawk asked I was thinking about breakfast, I said I might need some support, Hawk said You might Yeah Pay s lousy How much I said I m getting nothing I ll take half, I said You ain t worth half, Hawk said Besides, I got the job and already put in a lot of time on it Give you a third Cheap bastard, I said Take it or leave it, Hawk said Okay, I said, you got me over a barrel I m in for a third A teen age mother and her baby daughter get gunned down at a housing project known as the Double Deuce Some local residents and community activists get Hawk to agree to run off the gang bangers and try to find the killers Hawk asks Spenser to help, and they quickly clash with the gang leader, a young thug named Major Spenser has other issues, too He moves in with Susan and cohabitation is causing trouble for the two lovebirds that makes cleaning up Boston s gang problem look easy by comparison.Robert B Parker was often asked if he d ever do a novel just about Hawk, and his standard reply was that he didn t think he d be able to do justice to Hawk because he d never truly know what it was like to be a black man in America He felt like he could only portray Hawk as Spenser saw him In this book, with Hawk running the show and Spenser providing back up, we do get a better sense of Hawk There s no secret origin story revealed, but Spenser realizes that Hawk sees a lot of himself in Major and that whatever his background is, Hawk had to do some serious amputation to his emotions to survive Oddly, RBP would go on to write several first person novels from the point of view of a female detective.This is a pretty solid entry in the series with an interesting twist of Hawk taking the lead in the case The bickering between Spenser and Susan as they try to live together is also a nice change of pace from the usually sickly sweet googly eyed love affair I liked Hawk and Spenser s pragmatic approach to getting the gang out of the Double Deuce They know the gang will just set up shop elsewhere, and they flatly refuse to worry about it They re just trying to clean up one small area, and they know better than to think they ll be able to make real and lasting change They re just doing what they can.Unfortunately, this is the last book of the phase I call Pretty Good But Past His Prime Spenser The dreaded Sad Decline of Spenser quickly follows.Next up Spenser gets some kiddy scissors and makes a Paper Doll.

  5. says:

    The word maroon appears once in this novel Certainly the weakest of the Spenser so far Too many dull and repetitive pages And sadly, no sympathetic characters, no heroes The thing is, you can tell in this book that the reconciliation between Parker and his wife in RL is not working yet There is no real heart in the story, the prose is a bit strained and dull Parker is just putting one foot in front of the other while he and Joan find a way to live in the same house in RL again Their intoxication with the dog as offspring is pretty irritating, as well Lets have a baby to fix our marriage , it seems This rarely works, as babies turn the stress levels way up Sometimes the increased stress forces the parents to grow, and save the marriage Usually, the children only glue together the parents for a few years, sadly The failure of Parker and Joan to find a formula for living together, so far, weighs heavily on Parker s prose and plotting Also, at this point Parker and Spenser are almost 60 years old remember, Spenser was a soldier in the Korean War Not so much wind in those sails any Some nice quotes down below this one It s not working, she said Her voice was very tight and very shaky She got up and left the kitchen and went in the bedroom and closed the door I stood for a while holding the stew and looking after her Then I looked at Pearl She was focused on the plate of stew The thing is, I said to Pearl, she s right

  6. says:

    Read out of order and probably the third Spenser read for me, I just discovered with this book that Spenser was a series It was fine, the book, but read during the period when I was just rediscovering my passion for reading and at the same time attempting to define for myself, exactly what genre and authors, I enjoyed I found myself becoming particular about what books I read, what subjects I enjoyed This was pre Goodreads for me Before I found that other readers had questions, thoughts and opinions about books the same as I had Soon afterward the sun broke through the clouds and I discovered youfriends with similar interests on Goodreads.com Jeff Yoak was my first friend and what a great introduction to Goodreads, through Jeff s friendship He was and still is friendly, down to earth, smart as a whip i.e intellectual and welcoming My good fortune, Jeff Yoak, as my first GR friend and because of our mutual interest in Robert B Parker and the Spenser series Count yourself lucky if Jeff Yoak is your friend.

  7. says:

    It s been way too long since I read a Spenser book This book immediately got my attention with the way it started A murder.The theme of this book is African American Gangs in Boston RBP did his research I learned a lot Not only about this subject but about the characters, Spenser, Hawk and Susan.A young girl and her baby are murdered The neighborhood reaches out to Hawk and asks him to get the gang out of the Double Deuce He asks Spenser to help him.Spenser and Susan are living together Hawk has a new girlfriend.I live in Charlotte, NC There are shootings every day Some of them fatal I have never been able to understand why a person could just shoot a person and not think about the consequences After reading this book I may understand a little It still doesn t make sense It will never make sense.I love this series and I have missed it I love the characters but I love the lessons RBP teaches us They are unforgettable It s why I live for this series.

  8. says:

    Wow, I m floored that so many people liked this book It was exactly okay for me I could have watched an episode of NYPD Blue and had exactly the same affect, but with better regional dialogue The idea that Robert Parker knew gang street lingo is ridiculous and or that he knew how to speak like a black person from the ghetto because he improperly conjugated his verbs was preposterous Not quite as preposterous as the idea that two middle aged cops would bring down an entire street gang, but preposterous, nonetheless.Once I got past all of that, the story was fine Entertaining Okay It was worth a beach read, a Sunday afternoon fix, a bench in the park, a doctor s office readwhich is exactly what it was for me, so it was exactly okay.I found myself turning back to the cover and saying, Really, this was a New York Times Best Seller Still, I had a few chuckles, and I did relate on a few occasions.I feel bad giving it a less than great review, since Robert Parker died in January, but it is what it is.

  9. says:

    Not, in my opinion, one of the better Spenser reads Low on the humor, low on the story side Quick read, two nights before sleep Would have hated to have paid the suggested retail value on this book.

  10. says:

    I really like these.

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