Lily Ellsworth, erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish, is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed.
©2005 Robert B. Parker (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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"As always, Spenser solves the case in a surprising manner, shoots some bad guys, and has several attractive women offer him sex, all of which he handles in his proficient, wisenheimer way." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By A. L. DeWitt on 18-10-05

Spenser at his Best

I've read or listened to every Spenser novel since the beginning. You have to know a little about the history to appreciate the ongoing relationship between Spenser and the other characters. This one is no different.
I enjoyed the dialouge between characters and I thought the plot was inventive. The resolution of the plot was well done and believable. Along the way the notions of loyalty, love, and adolescent angst are nicely managed. A very good listen. Mantegna is at his best in these novels.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 05-10-05

Rolls Along Nicely ...

This is a typical Spencer adventure with fewer--thank goodness-- "I said"/"she said"s. Parker has offered a storyline that amalgamates 3 top news stories of the last several years, and it is evident what the author's opinions are regarding these themes, but this does not detract from an offering that rolls along nicely.
The fact that Susan and Hawk are not in the thick of things also does not detract,and although not spectacular, this narrative is much more fluent than some of his recent books. Enjoyable.

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