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Death by Design
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An interesting episode, looking into when designer drugs first began to appear. The world was about cocaine at the time and they're just looking into the synthetic drugs. A woman gets infatuated by a male hooker / gigolo and then chaos breaks loose.

Spenser enlists Hawk for protective help - but then Hawk goes to the other side to help protect the druggies. Spenser actually gets angry with Hawk for playing the other side. Doesn't Spenser trust Hawk by now?

In the end, Spenser catches the drug dealer. He talks about:
The best laid plans of mice and men
gang aft agley

Hawk is baffled by it :). This is a classic quote by Burns, a famous poet. It means "go oft awry" and means that you never know what life will throw at you.

Spenser's competitor here has a "cutting edge computer" worth $12,000 and it's a simple machine with two 5 1/4" floppy drives. Very silly :)

Also, Spenser refers to Copley (pronounced Cop-pley as in Cop like police) as "Coh-Pley" (pronounced as in Ice Cream Cone). Surely he should know better.

I love how Hawk and Spenser meet at the traditional Harvard Square magazine stand, and Hawk poses as a college profssor. You also get a glimpse of Filene's Basement.

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The Spenser for Hire Books
The Godwulf Manuscript, 73
God Save the Child, 74
Mortal Stakes, 75
Promised Land, 76
The Judas Goat, 78
Looking for Rachel Wallace, 80
Early Autumn, 81
A Savage Place, 81
Ceremony, 82
The Widening Gyre, 83
Valediction, 84
A Catskill Eagle, 85
Taming a Sea Horse, 86
Pale Kings and Princes, 87
Crimson Joy, 88
Playmates, 89
Stardust, 90
Pasttimes, 91
Double Deuce, 92
Paper Doll, 93
Walking Shadow, 94
Thin Air, 95
Chance, 96
Small Vices, 97
Sudden Mischief, 98
Hush Money, 99
Hugger Mugger, 00
Potshot, 01
Widows Walk, 02
Back Story, 03
Cold Service, 04
School Days, 05
Hundred-Dollar Baby, 06
Now and Then, 07

The Jesse Stone Series
About Paradise, Mass
Night Passage, 00
Trouble in Paradise, 02
Death in Paradise, 03
Stone Cold, 04
Sea Change, 06
High Profile, 07
Night and Day, 09

The Sunny Randall Series
Family Honor, 99
Perish Twice, 00
Shrink Wrap, 02
Melancholy Baby, 04
Blue Screen, 05
Spare Change, 07

TV Series
Season List 85-88
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Movies - Spenser
Ceremony, 93
Pale King and Princes, 93
The Judas Goat, 94
A Savage Place, 95
Small Vices, 99
Thin Air, 00
Walking Shadow, 01

Movies - Jesse Stone
Jesse Stone - Movie Locations
Stone Cold, 05
Night Passage, 06
Death in Paradise, 06
Sea Change, 07
Thin Ice, 09
No Remorse, 10
Lost In Paradise, 15

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