Stardust Essay

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Stardust



Spenser(protagonist)-Spenser, a former boxer, is a private detective from Boston. He is a
very down to earth man, who likes to have fun in his work. He is very humorous and takes
life as a fun ride. There is a point in the story where a larger man who attempts to
intimidate Spenser, who responds by taking the large man down with one kick, all the while
laughing at the man.

Susan-Spenser’s girlfriend who has a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard. She is a clinical
psychologist, who has been romantically involved with Spenser for many years. She often
helps him on his cases when he is dealing with a disturbed or possibly dangerous person.
She helps Jill Joyce overcome her problems in this novel.

Jill Joyce-typical overzealous television star. She is extremely pampered and feels that
it is her right to be waited upon. She has lead an extremely rough life, from abandoning
her parents to having an illegitimate child. She has tried to keep this from ruining her
reputation, so she is very quiet when it comes to her past.

Hawk-is a large, intimidating black man who was born in a ghetto, served with the French
Foreign Legion, and was a boxer during the same period as Spenser. His occupation is
'enforcer', collector for loan sharks; he will murder for money, which he makes a lot of.

Plot Synopsis-
Spenser is hired by Zenith Meridien Television to guard Jill Joyce. She has experienced
harassment in the recent past, and the company wishes for her to feel safe on the set.
Spenser finds that Jill is a troubled, alcoholic, drug addicted, egocentric annoyance that
is lost in life.

The morning after they meet, a Mr. Rojack and his thug, Randall try to get Jill to go with
them. Jill declines their offer, at which point, Randall attempts to attack the smaller
Spenser, only to find himself on the ground within moments. Later that week, Spenser
tracks down Rojack, who turns out to be quite wealthy and discovers that Rojack and Jill
had more or less gone steady for a couple years. He also learns of Winfred Pomroy, a man
who had been “bothering” Ms. Joyce. He makes plans to visit this man, as it may provide
an idea to the identity of the assailant.

The following morning, Spenser and Jill discover Babe Loftus, who was Jill's stunt double,
murdered in her dressing room. This provokes spenser to take quicker action, and he sets
out for Pomroy’s home. While he is gone, he has a friend of his, Hawk, look after the
starlet. When Spenser visits Pomroy, he finds a recovered alcoholic, living with three
dogs. He had been married to Jill 25 years ago and seems to be slightly obsessed with Ms.
Joyce at the present.

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