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Widow's Walk (Large Print Press)

Parker, Robert B.

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ISBN 10: 1410400999 / ISBN 13: 9781410400994
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Title: Widow's Walk (Large Print Press)

Publisher: Large Print Press

Binding: PAPERBACK

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When fifty-one-year-old banker Nathan Smith is found in bed with a .38-caliber hole in his head, it's hard not to imagine his young bride's finger on the trigger. But Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can afford, and now she can afford plenty. Enter Spenser, Boston PI, and his robustly menacing sidekick, Hawk, on a search for the truth taking them into one of the most confusing cases of Spenser's long career.

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It's good to see private eye Spenser back in Boston, after his ludicrous imitation of a frontier lawman in Robert B. Parker's Potshot. But he's getting nowhere investigating the gunshot murder of banker Nathan Smith in Widow's Walk. The cops figure Smith's ingenuous but unfaithful young wife, Mary, pulled the trigger. She denies it. Spenser, hired by former prosecutor Rita Fiore to help build Mary Smith the best defense her money can buy, isn't sure either way, and the more time he spends on this case (dense with business and sexual deceptions), the more perplexed he becomes.

Of course, our poetry-spouting hero finally catches a break by linking Smith's demise to a convoluted real-estate scam. The rest of the novel offers plenty of Parker's characteristically witty dialogue, the slayings of several informants that you know from the get-go are toast, and ample opportunities for Spenser and his robustly menacing sidekick, Hawk, to intimidate lesser thugs. Unfortunately, the author isn't as attentive to the needs of other series regulars, including Spenser inamorata Susan Silverman, whose restrained jealousy toward lawyer Fiore ("Rita is sexually rapacious and perfectly amoral about it. I'm merely acknowledging that") and self-flagellation over a gay client's suicide somehow add no new depth to her character.

Parker has a propulsive prose style and can still concoct engrossing stories; his 2001 standalone Western, Gunman's Rhapsody, is a fine example. Widow's Walk doesn't quite meet that standard. Though entertaining, it's an unsatisfying chapter in a series that's become too predictable. --J. Kingston Pierce

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