I’ve been reading Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels since I was in junior high. And I’m more than a little sad this is the last one I’ll ever read. Although Ace Atkins has been hired by Parker’s estate to continue the saga of these characters I’ve come to know and love over the years, this was the last original Spenser novel completed before the writer’s death in 2010.
I was first introduced to the character of Spenser through the three seasons of Spenser: For Hire on ABC during the mid-to-late 80’s. The show starred Robert Urich as the former boxer turned Boston private detective with a smart aleck wit and a code of ethics all his own.
A couple of years later my father introduced me to the novels the show was based on, and I was immediately hooked. Today my collection of Parker’s books takes more than one full shelf of a bookcase.
Unlike many serialized whodunits Spenser aged along with the other characters in his world. New character would be introduced, old friends and enemies would reappear, some would come and go, and others would become fixtures in the detective’s life such as Dr. Susan Silverman (the love of his life), Paul Giacomin (the son he never had), Martin Quirk (the world’s toughest homicide cop), and Hawk (the deadliest, and most loyal, of best friends).
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