"Sometimes you have to wonder how Robert B. Parker keeps his
mojo working. . . . There is a trick to keeping the faith
with an old hero. In an age of shifty heroes with shaky
values, he has created a hero who can still stand up for
himself-and us." (The New York Times Book Review)
When fifty-one-year-old Nathan Smith, a
once-confirmed bachelor, is found in his bed with a hole in
his head made by a .38-caliber slug, it's hard not to
imagine Nathan's young bride as the one with her finger on
the trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guilty. But given
that Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can
afford-and thanks to Nathan's millions, she can afford
plenty-Spenser hires on to investigate Mary's bona fides.
Mary's alibi is a bit on the flimsy side: She claims she was
watching television in the other room when the murder
occurred. But the couple was seen fighting at a high-profile
cocktail party earlier that evening, and the prosecution has
a witness who says Mary once tried to hire him to kill
Nathan. What's more, she's too pretty, too made-up, too
blonde, and sleeps around-just the kind of person a jury
loves to hate.
Spenser's up against a wall; leads
go nowhere, no one knows a thing. Then a young woman,
recently fired from her position at Smith's bank, turns up
dead. Mary's vacant past suddenly starts looking meaner and
darker-and Spenser's suddenly got to watch his back.
With lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action, and
razor-sharp characters, Widow's Walk is another triumph.