School Days - Spenser, Bk 33 Author:Robert B. Parker The celebrated series continues as a troubled teenager accused of a horrific crime draws Spenser into one of the most desperate cases of his career. — Lily Ellsworth-erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish-is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grand... more »son Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed.« less
This is "classic" Parker, another chapter in the Spenser saga. Here Spencer is on his own. Susan is away at a professional conference. A lot of his conversation (thinking aloud) is confined to Pearl, the dog. The mystery is about a high school boy accused of mass murder at his school. Spencer tries to find out if and why the boy committed the crime.
This book just proves that Parker does not need to depend on his full menu of characters to provide an engrossing story. Spencer alone is still funny, entertaining and a good read!