Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
(Spenser)

60%

6 Critic Reviews

The plot in “Painted” is aided by a couple of unlikely coincidences, and some nitpickers might consider the ending too pat.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

Spenser had a simple job-protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. No one was supposed to die. But the scholar had secrets no one knew, and uncovering them will endanger Spenser as well.
 

About Robert B. Parker

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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 303 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Painted Ladies
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average

The yawning gap between the customary attitudinizing and the serious issues the tale raises make this far from Spenser’s finest hour...

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Blog Critics

Good
on Oct 10 2010

I sat and read the book in a single sitting, which is what happens when I usually sit down with a Spenser novel...

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Washington Times

Below average
on Dec 17 2010

The plot in “Painted” is aided by a couple of unlikely coincidences, and some nitpickers might consider the ending too pat.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Clea Simon on Oct 21 2010

Although the story ties up cleanly, the workings of the resolution feel artificial.

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Zimbio

Excellent
Reviewed by sophiarjarvis on Sep 03 2010

Completed the year before he passed away, Painted Ladies is Spenser and Robert B. Parker at their electrifying best.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Israel Drazin on Nov 14 2010

The book has more of the usual Parker "wise-guy" answers than in his other Spenser novels, or so it appears. They are clever and funny and the novel itself is very engaging.

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