Robert B. Parker is nothing if not reliable. Back Story, the Boston scribbler’s 30th Spenser novel in 30 years, puts the Shakespeare-quoting PI on the cold case of a woman killed during a 1974 bank robbery. The comfortingly formulaic plot leads Spenser to the doorsteps of unrepentant hippies and mobsters. As always, the character sketches are Ginsu-sharp, and the prose leaner than a George Foreman Grill’d steak (”So far it was a good day. No one had attempted to murder me”). Bonus for Parker devotees: a crossover cameo by Paradise, Mass., police chief Jesse Stone, antihero of another of the prolific author’s addictive series.
Back StoryRobert B. Parker is nothing if not reliable. Back Story, the Boston scribbler's 30th Spenser novel in 30 years, puts the Shakespeare-quoting PI on...Back StoryFictionRobert B. ParkerRobert B. Parker is nothing if not reliable. Back Story, the Boston scribbler's 30th Spenser novel in 30 years, puts the Shakespeare-quoting PI on...2003-03-28Putnam
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Genre: Fiction; Author: Robert B. Parker; Publisher: Putnam
Posted March 28 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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