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Kills a Couple of Hours
on 23 April 2012
Robert B Parker was a prolific writer in his time and no more so than with the Spenser series of PI novels. `Sixkill' closely follows the basic pattern of so many of the books that it is both a blessing and a curse. Spenser is hired to look into the death of a young women found strangled in a hotel room after spending the night with a notorious and chubby Hollywood actor. During the case Spenser comes up against the Mafia, but also Sixkill, a Native American former football player turned alcoholic bodyguard. The book mostly follows the case itself, but on occasion it reflects back on Sixkill's life and how he ended up where he has.
It is these moments of pathos that the book is at its best. Spenser and Sixkill form a bond that is highly enjoyable to read - they can quip with the best of them. Unfortunately, there is more to the book than just this buddy comedy. A murder needs to be investigated and it follows almost the exact same pattern as so many of Parker's other books. There is also far too much Spenser and his girlfriend moments that were cute 10 years ago, but have now become incredibly tiresome for me. Get married already.
Fans of Parker's work and the Spenser novels will no doubt enjoy this quick read, I know I did. It's just that it lacks any depth or uniqueness when compared to so many in the series already written.