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Parker's venerable wiseguy detective Spenser is asked by a friend to investigate the death of a wealthy older man whose arm candy wife is accused of the crime, and is far too dimwitted to even consider such an act. Along the way, he uncovers a financial scandal that leads to more murders, and is (naturally) threatened physically himself. Will these brutes never learn?
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Parker's formula continues to work splendidly, although this is not one of the more deeply probing or significant (in terms of the character's growing mythology) installments. Parker is coasting, but even his coasting is better than most people's all-out trying.
The review of this Book prepared by Jeffrey Cohen

Putnam, March 2002, 24.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0399148450

    Boston lawyer Rita Fiore hires private detective Spenser to find some evidence that will help her client Mary Smith who is accused of murdering her husband Nathan. He was a very rich fifty-one year old man and Mary is twenty-three and a real life dumb blonde. Both Spenser and her attorney believe she is innocent and intend to find the real perpetrator so Mary's name will be cleared.

    From the time Spenser signs on for the case, he picks up a tail. Hoping that the thugs following him could lead him to somebody that clears Mary, he has Hawk follow them. When they find out whom they work for, Hawk and Spenser talk to that person but learn nothing. As Spenser starts to peel away the layers of a financial conspiracy, six people involved in the case are killed and it looks like Spencer is going to be the seventh.

    Spenser is like Batman: ageless. He is a wise cracking ex-cop who has been involved with Susan for a quarter of a century and even with all the novel revealing so much about him, readers still learn something new with Robert B Parker's latest fun tale. WIDOW'S WALK is funny, entertaining and action packed, a joy to read.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60%    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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