Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker (1987, Paperback)
Overview Everybody loves a winner, and the Rabbs are major league. Marty is the Red Sox star pitcher, Linda the loving wife. She loves everyone except the blackmailer out to wreck her life. Is Marty throwing fast balls or throwing games? It doesn't take long for Spenser to link Marty's performance with Linda's past...or to find himself trapped between a crazed racketeer and an enforcer toting an M-16. America's favorite pastime has suddenly become a very dangerous sport, and one wrong move means strike three, with Spenser out for good!
- ISBN-13: 9780440157588
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Publication date: 5/28/1987
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Edition description: Reissue
- Pages: 336
- Sales rank: 97,642
- Series: Spenser Series , #3
- Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.90 (d)
5.0 / 5.0
This book in Parker's \"Spencer\" series was very good. Don't be put off with the subject matter because it is still Spencer all the way. The main character in this book will appear later on in the series so it will interesting to find out where he originated. I have read the first of this series all the way to the most current and enjoyed every one.
3.0 / 5.0
This is the third installment in Parker's 'Spenser' series. In the prior book, 'God Save the Child,' Spenser first meets Susan Silverman, then a high school guidance counselor. Readers of more recent Spenser books will easily recognize Susan. I expected to see Spenser's relationship with Susan build in this book, but Susan plays only a small role here. Spenser is hired by the general manager of the Boston Red Sox to investigate whether the team's star player, Marty Rabb, is deliberately losing games. It comes as no surprise that he is, and his motive for doing so is also quite predictable. Unlike the recent Spenser novels, this book does not feature many plot twists or surprises. Yet the book has many good points. Spenser realizes that the only way he can solve the problem is to take an action that violates his 'code.' His ethical struggle and detached description of his action is engaging. Of course, Spenser is always good for a few cooking recipes, too, and readers of this book will be itching to make spareribs. Spenser even makes two bologna sandwiches sound good. Spenser fans must read the book, and ultimately they will be glad they did. Newcomers to the Spenser series should start with the first book, 'The Godwulf Manuscript,' and work forward. Enjoy!
5.0 / 5.0
I'm in the middle of the 12th book in this series, they are all excellent. I would suggest that they be read in order as the progression of the characters and addition of main characters flows much better. It will be a very sad day when I read the last one... I have never laughed out loud so much reading a book. Spenser and Hawk are the funniest pair and make you wish they were real so you could spend an evening with them!