Bad Business

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert B. Parker
Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband Trent is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption.It seems the folks in the Cowleys' circle have become enamored of radio talk show host Darrin O'Mara, whose views on Courtly Love are clouding some already fuzzy minds with the notion of cross-connubial relationships. O'Mara's brand of sex therapy is unconventional at best, unlawful--and deadly--at worst. Then a murder at Kinergy, where Trent Cowley is CFO, sends Spenser in yet another direction. Apparently, the unfettered pursuit of profit has a price.With razor sharp characterizations and finely honed prose, this is Parker at the height of his powers.

"From the Compact Disc edition.

Reviews (11)

Bad Business

Written by Anonymous on January 1st, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am all Spencer'd out. This character has become a caricature. Not a single doubt or uncertainty seems to cloud Spencer's mind. He's positive he is witty, smart, and that he is able to reduce women to a quivering pulp. Ugh. Robert B. Parker must either have written this book in his sleep or he's hoping the series will be killed by reviewers. I think I'll henceforth stick to his Jesse Stone series; at least that protagonist doesn't believe himself to be infallible.

Excellent reader!

Written by Anonymous on October 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The storyline was good, but the narrator for this was excellent! Really good voice and inflection to keep you engaged.

Bad Business

Written by Anonymous on February 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story line was great and I enjoyed the the narrator's reader. The "he said"/"she said" was annoying and took away from the quality of the the book. At some points the narrator's dialog a little too cute. The cartoonish 'step'n' fetch it' accents of the black characters was awful and should not be done. Come on it's 2010, we have a Black president. Stop already!!

Bad Business

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on May 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have enjoyed the Robert Parker books. This was the first audiobook I have heard from this author and his habit of "he said" or "she said" became a bit annoying. It was not so noticeable when reading the book but listening to it is different. Another reviewer stated they did not like the cartoonish "step fetch" accent of the black character Hawk. This dialog banter has carried through most of the books it appears to be a joke between the two long time friends. They can just as suddenly switch to a very sophisticated educated banter as well. It is one of the things that keep you on your toes while reading Parker books. I enjoy Pearl, the dog she adds a human touch to the characters. You will not go wrong in choosing this book to read. It is fast moving and has a twisting plot, with tongue in cheek humor.

Not bad, not great

Written by Anonymous on September 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was moderately interesting. The narrator's dialog was too cute by half, and the cartoonish 'step'n' fetch it' accents of the black characters made me cringe in embarrassment even alone in my car. The story had a couple of points where I would roll my eyes in disbelief. However, I may be missing some things. I understand that this is also a TV show, and since I've never seen or heard of it, there may be a lot of plot points that required knowledge of the program. All in all, I listened to the end and it kept me entertained. It's worth renting if you don't have anything else you'd like to listen to, and you have a few hours to kill. A solid 3 stars.

Bad Business

Written by Raven Okeefe on September 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

the only thing better than reading a new Spenser book is hearing Joe Mantegna read it to me. he's PERFECT for it! please, sir, may i have some more? :-)

Bad Business

Written by Nita Peacock on June 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Only one thing is better than Robert B. Parker, and that is Robert B. Parker read by Joe Mantegna!!!

Bad Business

Written by Anonymous on January 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The narrator's voice put me to sleep. The story was just OK, but not something I'd listen to again or recommend necessarily.

Not one of his bests...

Written by Annise Henderson on January 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

But i will still give him 4 stars because i love to become a part of that world filled with mystery. I think i just missed hawk. You can't have a spenser book with no hawk!!! Anyway, the book overall falls in line with the other ones. I do have to agree i do get weary of the he said i said she said, but i like Joe Mantegna.

Bad Business

Written by Carole Giroux on December 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this story for its plot, but also because the author refrained from his typical habit of constantly saying "he said" or "she said" after every line.

Author Details

Author Details

Parker, Robert B.

Robert B. Parker has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis’ comment, “We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story” (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with Appaloosa and School Days, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, Sea Change.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker’s novels. He and Joan live in the Boston area.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston’s Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America’s rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker’s fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker’s small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.