Likely his best example of great dialogue and interplay between characters-even Susan comes off as with it. The two scenarios are not much fun dealing with very screwed up people but our hero's light it up and don't even have to kill anyone. Love it when Parker goes after the academic community having had to deal with it a bit-full of themselves and their superiority.
Parker was always his best when Hawk was in the plot. While not one of the better Spenser story-lines, bordering on predictable, it's the witty dialogue between Spenser and Hawk that make this one so fun.
You can never go wrong with Spenser. The plot moved along at a good pace, both cases kept the readers interest, and the dialog between Spenser and Hawk was as witty as ever.
I think the reasons I liked this book are the same reasons I like Spenser books in general. Spenser and Hawk are great characters. They are tough guys without being stupid; they are smart guys without being annoying. And their friendship comes through as real and believable. You can tell by the way they talk to each other that they have known each other for a long time. And the book is written with a lot of wit. So it’s fun to read. It deals with issues like prejudice and racism without reading like an after school special or a sermon and without belittling the problem. And since I tend to get annoyed when books preach at me, I appreciated that. The plot line about Nevins was more interesting to me than the other one but both were fine. But I was more interested in the people than in either of them. If you like detective/PI novels and haven’t read any Spenser, you should. If not this one than another. They are easy to get hooked on.
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