Potshot Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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1. In what ways is Potshot representative of the hard-boiled detective novel? In what ways does the novel vary from the traditions of the genre?

2. Discuss Parker's portrayal of women in Potshot, including Susan Silverman, Mary Lou Buckman, and Bebe Taylor.

In what ways do these portrayals seem feministic, misogynistic, or realistic?

3. What role does violence play in this novel, or in Spenser's philosophy in general? Could the situation in the Dell have been solved in some other way?

4. At one point, Spenser tells the Preacher, "you gave them pride," referring to the Preacher's style of leadership and organization. What does he mean? Why is this important to the novel?

5. What seems to be Parker's view of humanity's essential nature? How does he suggest a good person should act in light of that essential nature?

6. What binds the men of the Dell together? What binds together the men hired by...

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