Widow's Walk

Widow's Walk

Book - 2002
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"Sometimes you have to wonder how Robert B. Parker keeps his mojo working. . . . There is a trick to keeping the faith with an old hero. In an age of shifty heroes with shaky values, he has created a hero who can still stand up for himself-and us." (The New York Times Book Review) When fifty-one-year-old Nathan Smith, a once-confirmed bachelor, is found in his bed with a hole in his head made by a .38-caliber slug, it's hard not to imagine Nathan's young bride as the one with her finger on the trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guilty. But given that Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can afford-and thanks to Nathan's millions, she can afford plenty-Spenser hires on to investigate Mary's bona fides. Mary's alibi is a bit on the flimsy side: She claims she was watching television in the other room when the murder occurred. But the couple was seen fighting at a high-profile cocktail party earlier that evening, and the prosecution has a witness who says Mary once tried to hire him to kill Nathan. What's more, she's too pretty, too made-up, too blonde, and sleeps around-just the kind of person a jury loves to hate. Spenser's up against a wall; leads go nowhere, no one knows a thing. Then a young woman, recently fired from her position at Smith's bank, turns up dead. Mary's vacant past suddenly starts looking meaner and darker-and Spenser's suddenly got to watch his back. With lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action, and razor-sharp characters, Widow's Walkis another triumph.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, c2002
ISBN: 9780399148453
0399148450
Branch Call Number: FIC/Parke 359401 1
FIC/Parke 359402 1
FIC/Parke 359403 1
Characteristics: 294 p

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7626dee
Dec 10, 2016

Lots of unlikeable characters to deal with but our hero is up to the task and actually getting paid for once. Can anyone actually be as dumb as the client is portrayed or is she very smart?

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c210flyer
Apr 04, 2012

Good book, I enjoyed it. 7 of 10 for me.

hermlou Mar 01, 2011

Spenser is an enjoyable character, and his dialogue is amusing. He investigates the murder of a wealthy man Smith, whose widow is a young socialite who is not very bright. Not sure what plan to follow, Spencer interviews people on the Smiths' social list, and each one is murdered after the interview. There is enough variety of suspects to keep the book interesting, and there's a twist to the ending, but the body count is high.

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Cabby
Nov 04, 2007

I love this author.

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