Robert B. Parker Writing Styles in A Savage Place

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The point of view of the novel is first person. The novel's main character, Spenser, is the narrator throughout the novel. Spenser's first person point of view allows the reader to see his thoughts and emotions and the impressions other characters make on him. This narration allows the reader to understand Spenser's actions, but does not distract the reader with the thoughts and feelings of the various other characters. Although much of the plot involves Candy Sloan, the story is not muddied by Candy's emotions and problems except for the influence these things have on Spenser's thoughts and actions.

The point of view works in this novel because it makes it clear from the first sentence who the main character is. The reader is focused on Spenser rather than the other characters and therefore not easily distracted by the events taking place around Spenser. Should the...

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