Published in 1978, this is the fifth of Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels and was the first one I read after finding out about him in 1983. Having read every Chandler and Hammett novel in quick succession, I felt stranded, anxious to find another hardboiled private eye hero, and her was the ex-boxer, super literate wiseass Spenser, in this relatively high-flying adventure, with stops in London, Montreal, and Copenhagen, as Spenser and Hawk hunt down nine members of a right wing white supremacist terror gang for a bargain fee of $2,500 a head. Spoiler alert: the good guys win.
— Jesse Sublett
“There is no halt to the breathless action!”—The New York Times Book Review
Spenser has gone to London—and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy.
But there are nine killers to one Spenser—long odds. Hawk helps balance the equation. The rest depends on a wild plan. Spenser will get one of the terrorists to play Judas Goat—to lead him to others. Trouble is, he hasn't counted on her being very blond, very beautiful and very dangerous.
About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
Praise for Robert B. Parker and The Spenser Novels
“One of the greatest series in the history of the American detective story!”—The New York Times
“[Spenser is] the sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye today.”—The Cincinnati Post
“Spenser novels are addictive.”—The Denver Post
“They just don't make private eyes tougher or funnier. The dialogue sparkles.”—People
“Robert B. Parker has taken his place beside Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald.”—The Boston Globe
“Spenser probably had more to do with changing the private eye from a coffin-chaser to a full-bodied human being than any other detective hero.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Parker is now the best writer of this kind of fiction in business today.”—The New Republic
“The toughest, funniest, wisest private eye in the field these days.”—The Houston Post