Paper Doll

Paper Doll

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Boston aristocrat Loudon Tripp hires Spenser to investigate his wife's murder, and Spenser soon uncovers high-class scandals and a corpse that might not be dead after all

Blackwell North Amer
Spenser tracks a mystery woman who refuses to rest in peace, in Robert B. Parker's most beguiling thriller yet.
Sam Spade. Philip Marlowe. Lew Archer. Spenser. Like his legendary predecessors, the tough and classy Boston PI has become an American institution. With Paper Doll, Robert B. Parker takes Spenser down a sinister path, where every welcome masks a warning and identity is paper-thin.
Hired by Loudon Tripp, an aggrieved Boston aristocrat who believes the brutal street slaying of his wife, Olivia, to be something other than random violence, Spenser immediately senses Tripp's picture-perfect version of his family's life is false. For starters, the victim's reputation is far too saintly, while her house is as lived-in as a stage set and her troubled children don't appear the product of a happy home. Spenser plunges into a world of grand illusion, peopled by cardboard cutouts, including: a distinguished public servant with plenty to hide; a wealthy executive whose checks bounce; a sleepy southern town seething with scandal; and the ambiguous Olivia herself.
Consummately mysterious and smokily sensual, Paper Doll is Parker and Spenser at their compelling best.

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& Taylor

Boston aristocrat Loudon Tripp hires Spenser to investigate his wife's murder, and Spenser soon uncovers high-class scandals and a corpse who might not be dead after all. 150,000 first printing. $135,000 ad/promo. Mystery Guild Main. Lit Guild & Doubleday Alt.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's, c1993.
ISBN: 9780399138188
0399138188
Branch Call Number: M PAR
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 24 cm.

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7626dee
Aug 30, 2016

Plot is a bit convoluted and the characters very unlikeable except for the murderer-twisty which is not typical of Parker stories.

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 14, 2013

This is an older Spenser novel and quite short at 170 pages. But it was a quick and enjoyable read. It was not my favorite of all the Spenser series, perhaps because it seemed a bit too short and the plot lacked depth. IMHO.

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RichardPaul
Jun 24, 2012

Paper Doll ---- by Robert B. Parker - c - 1993 (Spenser Novel) ---- This story is a page turner and a very good read. I will recommend this Novel to many friends. ---- I cruised through it in: one sitting. ---- Enjoy! ---- (finished 6-23-12) RichardPaul

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Cabby
Nov 04, 2007

I love this author.

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Jun 24, 2012

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 14, 2013

Spenser is hired by Boston aristocrat Loudon Tripp to find his wife's killer after the police deem the murder at a stand still. Digging deep, Spenser quickly realizes that Tripp's idealized view of his picture-perfect wife, picture-perfect kids, and picture-perfect life are anything but. Even the recently departed Olivia Tripp is not who or what she appears on the surface. Spenser uncovers an affair with a politician, a small town scandal, once wealthy family that are now bankrupt, and a child with a damaging secret of her own. A protective and loyal servant with secrets of his own leave Spenser with life altering decisions to make. He may find it easier to let sleeping dogs lie, but will he?

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 14, 2013

"I am trustworthy, loyal, and helpful. But I struggle with obedient."
--Spenser

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