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Boston PI Spenser, and right hand man Hawk, follow a con man's trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest of the iconic crime series.
Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the CIA. She fell so hard for M Brooks Welles that she wrote him a cheque for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone.
Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his resumé, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth and keeping Welles alive long enough to recover the money won't be easy, as he'll have to protect the mystery man from a growing list of adversaries looking for revenge. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles's next con is his last.
'Robert B Parker's Spenser is one of the best private detectives in fiction' - Sunday Telegraph
'Spenser is as tough and funny as ever, and Atkins has become a worthy successor' - Booklist
A taut, suspenseful story line drives Edgar-finalist Atkins's sixth Spenser novel (after 2016's Slow Burn), which deepens the relationship between the Boston PI and his significant other, therapist Susan Silverman. Susan refers patient Connie Kelly to Spenser after learning that Connie was victimized by a con man calling himself M. Brook Welles. A popular cable news talking head on national security issues, he told her he worked for the CIA. While professing his undying love for Connie, Welles scammed her out of almost $300,000 in a bogus real estate deal. Spenser quickly ascertains that most of what Welles has presented as his biography, including a Harvard education, is fabricated. After following the trail to a shady gun dealer, the detective finds it necessary to enlist his deadly sidekick, Hawk, to help track down the truth. Some interesting tension arises because Susan feels responsible for Spenser's involvement in the increasingly perilous case, while her professional ethics constrain her from giving him important information.