Widow's Walk Author:Robert B. Parker When fifty-one-year-old Nathan Smith, a once confirmed bachelor, is found in his bed with a hole in his head made by a .38-caliber slug, it's hard not to imagine Nathan's young bride as the one with her finger on the trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guildty. But given that Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can affort- and thank... more »s to Nathan's millions, sh can afford plenty - Spenser hirs on to investigate Mary's bona fides.
Mary's alibi is a bit on the flimsy sie; she claims she was watching televison in another room when the murder occurred. But the couple was seen fighting at a high-profile cocktail party earlier that evening, and the prosecution has a witness who says Mary once tried to hire him to kill Nathan. What's more, she's too pretty, too made-up, too blonde, and she sleeps around - just the kind of person a jury loves to hate.
Spenser's up against a wall; leads go nowhere, no one knows a thing. Then a young woman, recently fired from her position at Smith's bank, turns up dead. Mary's vacant past suddently starts looking meaner and darker - and Spenser's suddently got to wathc his back.
With it's lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action, and razor-sharp characters, Widow's Walk is another triumph.« less