Spenser to my rescue

Robert Urich (right) as Spenser, Avery Brooks ...

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Obviously, to post won out over not posting and aren’t we  all fortunate? Just kidding. I was undecided  whether to write about something  I liked or to vent about the lengthening list of people who have the distinct ability to get on my nerves, without even trying, I might add. Since  that list seems never-ending I shall let it wait for another day. I suppose that  I should provide an example or two. How about Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand and Rosie O’Donnell?                                                                                                                                                    Over  I have come in recent yeras  grown to enjoy author Robert B  Parker. Mr Parker has written for over 25 years but we have only been reading his work for the last 4-5 years . He is a novelist who has done most of his work in the context of three series . The longest running of these and my favorite involves a detective known in the books as Spencer, like the poet , as the character is wont to say . Some people might remember a short- lived tv series based on this character who was portrayed by the late Robert Urich . I don’t want to spoil the joy of your discovery with the writer or the character but rather share enough to whet your appetite . I actually like the books enough  to reread them . Anyway, Spencer is a tough , hard boiled guy from Boston with a ” main squeeze ” named Susan and a best buddy known only as Hawk who is as tough if not more so than Spencer. Our hero is a private eye by trade because he got fired  as a cop due to issues with authority . He is a former boxer, a gourmet cook and extremely literate . My favorite characteristic by far is his wit and  he is  not bashful to share same in any and all situations . I would thoroughly enjoy sharing 20 or 30 of my  favorite Spencerisms but will just pass along a couple which are paraphrased . A new client comes in and asks if he is Spencer and he replies,yes and proud of it . Two guys want to rough him up a bit and he tells them it doesn’t seem fair, so maybe he’ll keep one hand in his pocket to even it up. It actually is much funnier in context.  So check out Mr Parker and Spencer, et. al and have a great read .

September 26, 2008 - Posted by | Literature | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. As a word of explanation, the above photo is from the Spenser tv series and shows Robert Urich and Avery Brooks as Spenser and Hawk rspectively.

    Comment by tarheeltalker | January 23, 2011 | Reply

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