Mr. Parker, you've succeeded in bringing the charming Mr. Spenser
to our literary lips once more. Swigging yuppie beer, fending off
campus cuties, Spenser's rhetoric is still fresh, tart, clipped.
Here's an example of just one snappy reparte between Spenser and a
highbrow college president:
"Two U.S. Senators. Yikes."
"Are you intimidated?"
"Not so I can't breathe."
"Well, I must say, as adversaries go, you are a lot of fun...a
small dose of charm."
"I've found a small dose to be safer...the full wattage, all at
once, and people are sometimes injured."