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WIDOWS WALK:A SPENCER NOVE: A Spenser Novel Hardcover – 7 Mar 2002

4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st UK ed. edition (7 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719562864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719562860
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,267,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Parker's dialogue is always cutting and laugh-out-loud funny.' Donna Leon, The Sunday Times

About the Author

Robert B. Parker is the bestselling author of more than forty-one books. He lives in Boston.


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I can never find anything negative to say about this series; yes, it's much the same characters, who develop gradually, but it's the clever plots which lead you down blind alleys until problems are (usually) resolved. The writing is tight and there is a great deal of off-beat humour.
I recommend new readers to try to start at the beginning of the series and work your way through. Unless you are a complete cynic, you'll find it a rewarding experience.
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Rita Fiore hired Spenser to investigate whether her client Mary Smith murdered her husband. In this 29th outing our hero has to try and help a woman who just has to be the dumbest character he has ever encountered in his entire career. Seriously. Robert B. Parker might even have given Mary the funniest line he has ever written. Rest assured, you will know it when you read it because the line simply has to be the stupidest thing ever said by a suspect to a cop in the history of detective fiction.
"Widow's Walk" is very much a traditional Spenser story, where our hero gets nowhere but plugs on determinedly knowing that sooner or later he will tick somebody off. There is something of a twist to this approach this time around because although we do have the obligatory scenes where a couple of thugs try to show Spenser the error of his ways, the main thing here is the growing number of bodies he is leaving in his wake through the course of his investigation. We also learn that the end may well be near for one of the more beloved supporting players in the series. This is not a great Spenser novel, but it is a solid effort and it seems like it has been a while since we had one of those. Certainly I laughed more reading this one than I have Parker's other recent efforts.
Final comment: Parker's novels have always been ideal for those of us living the commuter lifestyle, but that might make "Widow's Walk" something of a liability in hardback. I polished this book off in about two hours and that was without trying hard and stopping to explain why I was making annoying laughing sounds from time to time. That would make the per hour rate relatively high, especially compared to something like the latest Tom Clancy opus
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I agree with those that feel that the Spenser series has seen its best days. Maybe Parker realizes that also, and is using the dog Pearl's aging as a plot device hinting that time is catching up with all the characters. Yeah, Spenser must be about 70...Hawk too, and Susan not far behind. Quirk and Belsen must be ready to retire from the police department, and is that a transistor radio Vinnie Morris is always listening to, or a hearing aid?
Still this isn't a bad book and spending two or three hours with it is more enjoyable than most of what you'll find on TV.
Maybe some of Spenser's readers are tiring also. I saw a couple of reviews written by those who seemed to have lost out on who killed Nathan, and others who didn't see the significance of Susan's client who commits suicide compared to the possibility of Nathan's suicide, or her feeling of failure because of her client's suicide compared to Spenser's failure to protect a character who came to him for protection. All of the above shows that Parker hasn't lost it yet, but I fear he's tiring.
This Spenser book does have a surplus of characters, even after a larger than usual number of them get killed.
So what am I saying? I'm saying that this is a must for Spenser addicts, but only because it is Spenser. However, it is rather pedestrian and it may be that your strongest emotion in reading the book is regret that Pearl is indeed getting pretty old.
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I checked this book out of the library and while I was waiting for others to complete their searches I started reading it. I began laughing out loud and when my partner asked me what was so funny, she had me read the passages to her. She also laughed. I finally had to stop reading it in the library because I was causing a disturbance.
The wife (Mary Smith) of a very wealthy man (Nathan Smith) is accused of killing him. She is a dolt, nearly unable to answer even the simplest of questions. Her alibi is that she was downstairs watching television while he was in his bedroom getting shot. Rita Fiore hires Spenser to look into the case, which allows for the initial dialog between Rita and Spenser. As Spenser starts looking into the case, strange things happen, in that people start being killed. Yet, the only pattern to the killings is that they are people who talk to Spenser and may have given him information.
The plot becomes very convoluted, in that Nathan Smith had a very checkered past of involvement with young boys and Mary Smith continued to have affairs after the marriage. Not just affairs, but involvement with very unsightly men. As the story unfolded, I often wondered if Mary is in truth as stupid as she portrays herself. There is a climactic ending where Spenser has a shootout with the evil man, whose identity is not revealed until he is lying dead in a puddle of mud.
This is one of the very best Spenser novels, the dialog remains crisp throughout and there is the continuous hint of possible action between Spenser and Rita Fiore. There are many convolutions to the plot that keep you confused and that is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a mystery novel.
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