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Paper Doll

A Spenser Novel
Written by: Robert B. Parker
Narrated by: David Dukes
Series: Spenser
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins

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Hired by Loudon Tripp, an aggrieved Boston aristocrat who believes his late wife Olivia's brutal street slaying to be something other than random violence, Spencer immediately senses that his client's picture-perfect portrayal of his family life is false. For starters, the victim's reputation is too saintly, her house is as lived-in as a stage set, and her troubled children don't appear to be the product of a happy home.

Spencer 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, who may or may not really be dead.

©1994 Robert B. Parker (P)2009 Phoenix

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  • Anne Lemon
  • 07-04-15

Dark & Deep Story

This story was great because it just kept taking turns, and the plot kept getting thicker and thicker. It is a very dark story with multiple tragic situations. Definitely kept me listening to see what would happen. I agree with many readers who have commented that this narrator isn't the best, but I have to say, he really did shine here. All of the characters on the Boston police force really came alive in a new way. The scene where Martin Quirk breaks bad is fantastic.

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  • Grandma
  • 09-12-18

Spencer always delivers

Another unsolvable crime solved by Spenser. Robert B Parker makes reading fun. There were several twists in this mystery which added to the intrigue.

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  • Shirley Y. Thomas
  • 26-03-20

A little dated

Details in the story are clearly 40 or so years out of date. Still it has the true ring of the Spenser series, which is a good one. The narrator handles the text well except that the black and southern characters might be a bit stereotypical. Maybe that’s unavoidable. It’s a pleasant,beady listen, and I enjoyed it

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  • kctElgin
  • 22-10-19

not prime Spencer

The dialog shines in spots, Parker works in social issues to be relevant, but it seems forced. I missed Hawk's presence

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  • deena
  • 03-04-19

one of his best

story was amazing. well told and full of suspicions. Robert b parker was and always will be the best crime writer in my eyes.

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  • S. Lewis
  • 24-10-18

Very good narration and story

This is a typical Spenser novel by Parker. It is very entertaining with great characters and suspense. The narration is very good, though Susan's voice wasn't great.

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  • Ken Ray
  • 12-09-18

Suspected city

Unsuspecting suspected a variety characters that keep the plot moving right up to the end

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  • ryngie
  • 06-06-18

Great story enhanced by narrator<br />

Thoroughly enjoyed story. Entertained by distinct voice change with each character.
Nice touch of humor interjected with suspense.