Classic Boston noir thriller from global bestseller, the late, great Robert B. Parker - one of contemporary crime fiction's most popular, enduring and acclaimed authors
'I spotted the girl even before she knocked on my door.'
Mattie Sullivan has approached Spenser for help, asking him to find her mother's killer. But her mother was killed some four years back; and a local man, Mickey Green, was convicted of her murder that very same year.
Mattie is not Spenser's typical client. For a start, she's just fourteen. Nor is her request a typical one - to take a case that's already been solved.
But this kid is wiser than her years. And this case is less clear-cut, and far more dangerous, than it appears.
'One of the great series in the history of the American detective story' New York Times
Even the most fanatical Parker fans would be hard pressed to identify any aspect of this Spenser novel that doesn't read as if it were penned by Spenser's late creator. Mattie Sullivan, a street-hardened 14-year-old, asks the Boston PI to solve a cold case the stabbing murder, four years earlier, of her mother, Julie, even though a male friend of Julie's is doing time for the killing. Mattie witnessed two drug dealers hustle her mom into a car, but couldn't get anyone to take her seriously. Spenser accepts the assignment from the endearingly feisty Mattie, agreeing to be paid in doughnuts. Atkins (The Devil's Garden) hits all the familiar marks bantering scenes with Spenser's girlfriend, fisticuffs, heavy-duty backup from the dangerous Hawk as he offers familiar pleasures. At the same time, he breaks no new ground, avoiding the risk of offending purists and the potential rewards of doing something a bit different with the characters.