premier P.I. investigates the murder of a prominent local banker, with
family ties to the Mayflower - and perhaps the mob.
When 51-year-old Nathan Smith, a once-confirmed bachelor, is found dead
in his bed with a hole in his head made by a .38 caliber slug, it's hard
not to imagine Nathan's young bride as the one with her finger on the
trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guilty. But given that Mary Smith
is entitled to the best defense she can afford - and thanks to Nathan's
millions, she can afford plenty - Spenser hires on to investigate Mary's
is a bit on the flimsy side: she claims she was watching television in
another room when the murder occurred. But the couple was seen fighting
at a high-profile cocktail party earlier that evening and the prosecution
has a witness who says Mary once tried to hire him to kill Nathan. What's
more, she's too pretty, too made-up, too blonde, and sleeps around - just
the kind of person a jury loves to hate.
up against the wall; leads go nowhere, no one knows a thing. Then a young
woman, recently fired from her position at Smith's bank, turns up dead.
Mary's vacant past suddenly starts looking meaner and darker - and Spenser's
suddenly got to watch his back.
lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action and razor-sharp characters, Widow's
Walk is another triumph.
©2002 Robert B. Parker; (P)2002 Random House, Inc.; Random House
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