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Spenser, the redoubtable Boston PI, struts his stuff in this 36th entry in the series, but may leave some readers wondering if his ethics will bear even casual examination. When Heidi Bradshaw hires Spenser to "support" her at her daughter's wedding on Tashtego Island in Buzzards Bay, Mass., an old nemesis of Spenser's, the Gray Man, who almost killed Spenser in Small Vices (1977), also shows up on the island. Spenser is unable to prevent the kidnapping of the bride or the deaths that attend it. Assisted by a cadre of familiar players, Spenser persists in trying to find the missing bride in spite of warnings from the Gray Man. The trademark banter and snappy dialogue may seem more forced than natural. Spenser displays his machismo in dealing with a muscle builder and his detective skills in figuring out the Gray Man's connections to the case. A troubling conclusion produces one resolution and the promise of further consequences in the next installment. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Robert B. Parker completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956. He began writing his Spencer novels while teaching at Boston's North-eastern University in 1971. In 1997 he wrote his first Jesse Stone novel, Night Passage. Parker was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2002.
'We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story' New York Times Book Review. * New York Times *