SCHOOL DAYS by Robert This story starts off as slow and cold as a wet winter's day in Boston but ends up being arguably the finest Spenser novel Mr Parker ever wrote, and surely one of the all time great detective stories. The ending to the case is simply brilliant and completely satisfying as well as sufficiently complex to allow the reader to forgive Mr Parker for the slow start. A detective story this brilliant with such a strong social conscience needs to be recognised so it is a shame this book did not receive any official recognition from the industry at the time of its release.
Anyway, Spenser is hired to clear a school student of a mass murder charge but no body is talking and everybody (including the local police) wants the case - and Spenser - to go away. Our man Spenser soon finds out how easy it is to come up against brick walls and before he knows it he has made more enemies than friends on this case. This story is Susan- less and the entertainment factor drops a little without her sexiness to heat up the pages on a cold winter's night.
But Spenser being Spenser, we know that he is up to the job of sticking up for the wronged and just like Superman, he is sure to fight for truth, justice and the American way. Spenser has a feeling of wrongness about the case; early on in the story, he just doesn't know exactly WHAT is wrong. The more he digs, the less he knows but stubbornness prevails and he finally makes a breakthrough which rips the heart out if the bad guys.
The sharp, biting and amusing dialogue is there as per Mr Parker's usual high standard and so once again this is another fantastic mystery and great purchase from the world's greatest book store!