Painted Ladies

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert B. Parker
Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2012
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes
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The brilliant new Spenser novel from the beloved New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker.

Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting.

The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves. But this is a game he might not come out of alive...

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

Reviews (3)

He said, She Said

Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Parker's story is o.k. but the reading was just bad. EVERY single conversation exchange was "sentence," I said, ""sentence," she said. With only two people present, surely one could follow the conversation without the I said, she said. And never asked, even if it was a question! I can't believe Parker wrote his book like that. Pretty soon that was all one heard. And, while I'm fussing, WHY can't the reader say "end of disk" and "Disk 2" etc. I listen in the car and have no idea when a disk is ending.

Painted Ladies

Written by Margo on September 23rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love all Robert Parker books, & I love Joe Mantegna's voice, but....I hate that there are so many "she said, he said, I said". It gets to be very annoying after every phrase. Other than that, its a great book!

Good story but reads terribly

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story is really good but annoyingly written in the 1st person. The prose is like listening to a teenager's conversation with tons of "then he said" and "I said"... towards the last half, I really had to tune this out. I like Joe M. as an actor but prefer the style of other readers that use voice inflection, cadence and other nuances for the different characters. An excellent store told by Uncle Joe over a pot of coffee...

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.