Putnam, Apr 2001, 23.95, 304 pp.
Since he has nothing better to do, Boston's most beloved private detective (at least in Susan's mind), Spencer takes on the case of Mary Lou Buckman. She left Los Angeles to live in Pothole Arizona. However, the
Dell, local thugs living in the nearby foothills, threatens the tranquillity of the town. Mary Lou believes the group leader The Preacher ordered his membership to kill her spouse over his refusal to pay protection money.
Spencer arrives in town and immediately meets with his client, the local sheriff, and a consortium of business owners who want the Dell gone. Spence leads an army of hired guns, including Hawke to fight the Dell, in a modern
day rendition of the gunfight at the OK Corral.
Spencer retains his cynical sense of humor, acerbic dry wit, and all around tough guy persona that has kept him so appealing for so many years. Robert B. Parker gives his large following an action packed tale complete with a multitude of villains with few heroes except for Spenser's team. The storyline is absorbing as readers will want to finish this novel in one sitting to learn who committed murder and why. Mr. Parker leaves his audience surprised and eager for the next rendition.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner