It's Spenser & Hawk trying find out who killed Daryls Mother during a bank Heist, after 28 yrs. And its been covered up from as high as the FBI. It's disturbed bee's nest and that just makes Spenser want to know even more.
Another excellent Spenser mystery. Paul brings a friend who wants to know about her mother's murder....28 years before. Spenser uncovers more than his client wants to know and even more than he can tell her.
Spenser's respectable 30th outing (he debuted 30 years ago in The Godwulf Manuscript) finds the veteran Boston PI teaming briefly with Jesse Stone, the cop hero of a newer Parker series (Death in Paradise, etc.). The move works because Parker plays it low-key, presenting Stone as just one of many characters who cross Spenser's path as the PI-hired by a friend of his adoptive son, Paul, for the princely sum of six Krispy Kremes-digs into the 28-year-old murder of a woman during a bank robbery; the friend is the slain woman's daughter and wants closure. Before Spenser bumps into Stone, the top cop in Paradise, Mass., he connects the killing to the daughter of big time Boston mobster Sonny Karnofsky, an old foe. When Spenser won't back off, Karnofsky threatens Spenser's girlfriend, Susan, then orders a hit on the PI. Enter as protection longtime sidekick Hawk; other series vets make appearances too on Spenser's behalf, including cops Belsen and Quirk and shooter Vinnie Morris. An interesting new character, a Jewish FBI agent, also helps out. The repartee between Spenser and Hawk is fast and funny; the sentiment between Spenser and Susan and the musings about Spenser's code are only occasionally cloying; and there's a scattering of remarkable action scenes including a tense shootout in Harvard Stadium. Series fans will enjoy this mix of old and new, but the title kind of says it all: this series, probably the finest and most influential PI series since Chandler, could use some forward momentum.
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Typical Parker Spenser tale, combining mystery, humor, a dash of classical literature/philosophy, and Parker's trademark Hemingway-ian (don't tell me it's not a word - I just made it up!) spare style of narration. A pleasant afternoon/evening of reading.
Asked by a young woman to find who shot her mother in a bank robbery nearly 30 years before, Spenser follows a trail through Sixties hippie-dom and Black Power radicals to uncover the truth. There's a new dog in the picture, but Susan and Hawk remain their irreplaceable selves.
Robert B. Parker is one of the great detective novel writers from our era. His Spenser series inspired the Spenser For Hire TV series and included 41 books before his death in 2010. But my first one is #30, "Back Story".
If you are expecting a novel full of everyday people, this isn't it. Oh, they are there. They just aren't the ones speaking to us. The voices we do hear speak from 3 categories... Mobster, Ghetto, and Police speak. And everyone is snarky. Everyone that is except for the beautiful Susan, who as a clinical psychologist should use doctor talk, but instead is the everyday voice of reason.
But as you guessed, it all fits the story. And the writer. And so we drift along from one scene to the next enjoying all of the stereotypes for being just what they sound like. Spenser is tapped in to all the right people to make things happen. And along with the mangled quotes and quirky introspection you will make friends with Spenser and ride along on his investigation.
Parker is gone, but the books remain for us to enjoy.