Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy's aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan's abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job's a job, after all.
Not surprisingly, Spenser catches Jordan with another man, tells Dennis what he's found out, and considers the case closed. But a couple of days later, all hell breaks loose, and three people are dead. This isn't just a marital affair gone bad. Spenser is in the middle of a hornet's nest of trouble, and he's got to get out of it without getting stung...
As usual with Parker, the dialogue is crisp and smart and the action is always swift and brutal.
- Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday [read the full review]
Robert Parker's latest hard-boiled private-eye novel gets off to a cracking start when the evergreen Spenser gets hired by a jealous husband to check up on his straying wife. It looks like an everyday story of infidelity, but when both husband and wife turn up dead, Spenser finds himself dealing with much more than he'd been expecting. The dead husband, it emerges, was an FBI agent, and the wife's lover, Perry Alderson, isn't just your average Lothario but a kind of counter-culture terrorist. The stakes are raised even higher when Alderson identifies Spenser's beloved girlfriend, Susan, as his Achilles heel. As usual with Parker, the dialogue is crisp and smart and the action is always swift and brutal. Only the oddly limp ending disappoints.
Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday
Parker's dialogue is always cutting and laugh out loud funny
- Donna Leon,, The Sunday Times
Robert B Parker's Spenser is one of the best private detectives in fiction
- Sunday Telegraph
Robert B Parker is one of the greats of the American hard-boiled genre
- Peter Guttridge, The Guardian
Parker can spin a tale with the best of them -- most of the time, he is the best of them
- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
Parker packs more meaning into a whispered "yeah" than most writers can pack into a page
- Janet Evanovich, Sunday Times
Nobody does it better than Parker...
- The Sunday Times
Robert B Parker's PI's are in the nobly stoic mould of Marlowe, The Continental Op and Lew Archer