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Saturday, August 14, 2010

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

I enjoyed it but would a young adult who has never heard of the Spenser books?

I've read just about everything Robert B. Parker has written. I'm a huge fan of the Spenser series and I really did enjoy Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel, a look at the frequently alluded to but never before fleshed out childhood of Spenser in "West Flub-dub", somewhere out west.

Fans of the series will enjoy it. It consists of Spenser and Susan talking about Spenser's childhood (with plenty of psycho-analysis thrown in) interspersed with flashbacks to Spenser as a young man in a series of "coming-of-age" stories).

Robert B. Parker
Will Young Adult (YA) readers care? The weakness of the book for YA's is the modern talk between Spenser and Susan. New readers will wonder who they are and not get the references to Spenser's hyper-developed sense of self - Parker spent years developing these characters. The regular reader will have no problem with these conversations, but people who are new to the series may not know what they are referring to in most of the conversations. Of course, the flashback format is precisely what makes the book work for frequent readers of the Spenser series.

Bottom line:

Spenser fans should read this one. New readers will probably be confused.

I rate this book 4 stars out of 5. It can be found on Amazon.com here: Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel by Robert B. Parker.

Reviewed on September 23, 2009.

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