Bob Cannon
October 19, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Now & Then

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Michelle Wright
genre
Country

We gave it a B+

In Robert B. Parker’s Now & Then, Boston PI Spenser can’t refuse a case that combines sex, terrorism, and the FBI. A Bureau agent has a cheating wife whose boyfriend is a broker for terrorists. Soon, the agent and his wife are dead and the boyfriend has booked sessions with psychiatrist Susan Silverman, Spenser’s longtime love, putting her in jeopardy. As with Parker’s 34 previous Spenser yarns, the dialogue outshines the plot, with Spenser egging on some clueless neo-hippies and engaging in some steamy get-a-room banter with Susan. (”Want to talk about it?” ”Sex might make it better.”) For these two, crime makes great foreplay.

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