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A local lawyer claims her friends are being blackmailed. Spenser agrees to take the seemingly straightforward case, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment takes a sinister turn. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
- ISBN-13: 9780399155949
- ISBN-10: 0399155945
- Publisher: Putnam Adult
- Publish Date: October 2009
- Page Count: 289
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 39.
- Review Date: 2009-08-17
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller Parker makes producing snappy banter look easy in his 37th Spenser novel (after Rough Weather). He also manages to draw new readers into the Boston PI's major personal relationships—with love interest Susan Silverman and friend/ally/bodyguard Hawk—without shoveling on the backstory. Spenser agrees to help a quartet of married women fend off extortion demands from stud Gary Eisenhower, with whom each has had an affair. Meanwhile, the husband of one of the women under blackmail threat hires some thugs to deal with the matter. The action takes its time getting to a dead body, but, as usual, the smooth, entertaining prose more than compensates for any deficiencies of plot. The absence of major personal developments for Spenser or his associates marks this as a less memorable entry than others in this iconic series, but it remains a solid, enjoyable contemporary detective novel. (Oct.)