Saturday, November 19, 2011

WIDOW'S WALK by Robert B. Parker




The cover of the paperback edition of Robert B. Parker’s Widow’s Walk had this quote from People magazine--“Delicious fun…Spenser is back.”

People is wrong. This book is not a “merry widow,” as People said in another place.

Widow’s Walk is violent.  There are six or seven murders including the murder of one innocent woman. Her only connection with the crime is that she talked to Spenser.

One of Susan’s clients kills himself.

Through Rita Fiore, the widow of a rich banker hires Parker to find out who murdered him.

The widow herself is so dumb as to be uninteresting. And Spenser’s only investigative technique is the usual. Blunder around until someone shows his/her hand.

One problem with the Spenser books is that Parker’s cryptic style sometimes makes it hard to relate to the people. That’s especially true in this book. I was moved or sad for just one person, the innocent woman victim.

As usual, this book is quick reading.

I admire Parker for the body of his work. You always know what you are going to get with Parker. That was true of this book too. Widow’s Walk is not the best in the Spenser series, but it was vintage Parker.

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