A Catskill Eagle

A Catskill Eagle

Book - 1986
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Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend, Hawk, go to find Susan. Soon they are in the world of the CIA, guns and murder.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 1986, c1985.
ISBN: 9780440111320
0440111323
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Parker Robert
Characteristics: 368 p. ;,18 cm.

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7626dee
Jun 16, 2016

Probably the most detailed and offbeat of the Spenser series. Spenser has to call in a lot of favors and kill a lot of people so Miss Susan can get in touch with her inner self. He and Hawk blast around the country to save the damsel in distress-or is she. The writing is excellent, the subject matter not so much so. I personally would have voted to send Susan back to Kindergarten to grow up.

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jamdown
Sep 03, 2013

I wish that whoever is going to continue the Spenser series will get rid of the Susan Silverman character. She makes me want to puke. Parker developed Spenser's character as funny, down to earth, tough (yet sensitive) loyal...etc. and then turns him into this idiot for this Silverman character. I would love it if Spenser took the blinders off & be with anyone but Silverman.

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johnmlilla
Jun 15, 2013

Parker is one of my favorite authorsl. I love the Spenser and Hawk books, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randal and the western books but this one is well below Parker's standards. Old timer

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 08, 2013

I always love the fearless Spenser and his friend Hawk. Spenser and Hawk's hilarious banter had me laughing out loud and my husband suggested I leave the room if I couldn't stop. This seems to be an earlier Spenser and I don't know if I like the mind-numbing personality of Susan in this book as well as in later novels. She doesn't seem so educated, sophisticated, strong, or self-sufficient in this book and I was a little taken aback by that. Of course, those are the exact qualities that seem to have gotten her in this mess in the first place. The book head a good plot, lots of action and funny dialogue to keep things balanced.

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Jonesboro
Feb 15, 2013

A really stupid Spenser book, the worse in a fairly good series. Susan is beyond belief. I read one review that said after this novel, any time the reader read another Spenser he skipped the part when Susan's name came up. To think that Hawk would risk life and limb for this neurotic broad stretches all sense of reality.

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Cabby
Nov 05, 2007

I love this author.

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 08, 2013

In this novel, the plot revolves around Spenser and Hawk who rack up murder charges, a jailbreak, assault of a police officer, arson, theft, etc., all in an effort to free their beloved Susan from an man she loves. Susan has come to love two men (Spenser and Russell) for different reasons and must be free of both to make a choice. And Spenser is the one to free her from Russell and his dangerous family. Russell's family is sorely wanted by the FBI and CIA and they will offer to give aid to find Susan, plus clear Spenser and Hawk of all charges in exchange for cooperation with the Costigan clan. But IF Susan is found and freed, who will be her chosen love?

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 08, 2013

This quote shows Spenser's undying commitment to the woman he loves:

"And when you find her? Then what?"
"Then she will be free again to come here and work with you (the shrink) until she can make the choices she wishes to make."
"And what if you are not that choice?"
"I think I will be. But I can't control that. What I can do is see that she's free to choose."

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