Fast paced is the operative phrase here, Parker wasted no words in his 39 Spenser novels and this last one provides an enjoyable evening’s entertainment. It’s fun to picture Spenser in the various Boston area locales mentioned in the plot (the endpapers feature a map) with the good guys being good and the bad guys very bad, but not gruesome. Spenser is hired to investigate the death of a young woman who may have been murdered by a super sized movie star, in Boston to film a picture. The detective also helps reform movie star Jumbo’s ex-bodyguard, a young former football playing Native American with a drinking problem. Spenser, Ave Atque Vale.
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RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh