Monday, October 26, 2009
This book is like the medicine I've been taking. Complete the full course of doses or you don't get much good at all.
This is two interconnected, chained stories, one of a blackmailing philanderer, and the other of two cold-blooded, almost senseless murders and the psychopathic mind behind them.
The unrelenting nastiness of the characters in first two-thirds of the book made me inclined to stop reading. The final fifty pages saved it all. The only admirable character (aside from Spenser and Susan) is a college president who dealt with the philanderer's attempts to blackmail her in an effective way.
I'm sure many will say this. The power in this story reminded me of the power in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
This was a good book to read when I was sick. Short sentences, short chapters, clearly defined action and very few surprises, make it easy for drug-influenced minds to follow. Parker makes no attempt to hide who is behind it all.
As with all the later Spenser stories, the stereotyped style of conversation bothered me. In the early books, where it was used intermittently, it was refreshing.
This book came flying through the mail to our house at just the right time.
I'll be in and out this week.