I love nearly everything this author has ever written. Robert B. Parker is the master of witty dialogue and great characters. Spenser is a likeable tough-talking Galahad disguised as a street-smart ex-boxer detective, and Parker is a really fantastic writer, very subtle, who can say a LOT with just a LITTLE! You can't lose with a Spenser novel. Try the new Jesse Stone or Sunny Randall novels as well, though they are a bit formulaic (Sunny is a very estrogen amped version of Spenser), they're still worth your time! You won't be sorry!