When a Massachusetts boy is accused of mass murder, his socially prominent grandmother, who hires Spenser to investigate, is convinced of his innocence. But Spenser isn't convinced of anything-except that there's trouble ahead...
Any new installment in Parker's long-running series starring tough, wisecracking Boston PI Spenser is a pleasure, and this time out high-maintenance girlfriend Susan Silverman is out of town, giving readers unfettered Spenser face time. The wealthy Lily Ellsworth hires Spenser to prove the innocence of her grandson, Jared Clark, accused of a Columbine High School-style shooting that has left five students and two teachers dead. Jared has confessed to the crime, and Spenser faces major opposition from local law enforcement officials, school authorities, dysfunctional parents, opposing lawyers and deadly gang-bangers. As always, Spenser solves the case in a surprising manner, shoots some bad guys and has several attractive women offer him sex, all of which he handles in his proficient, wisenheimer way. Susan's German shorthaired pointer Pearl gets a lot of attentive babysitting, but longtime sidekick Hawk is nowhere in evidence. Those who have stuck with Spenser as Parker invented (and set loose) other case-crackers will be rewarded once again with another solid installment in this fine, enduring series. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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September 25, 2005
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Excerpt from School Days by Robert B. Parker
SUSAN WAS AT a shrink conference in Durham, North Carolina, giving a paper on psychotherapy, so I had Pearl. She was sleeping comfortably on the couch in my office, which had been put there largely for that purpose, when a good-looking elderly woman came in carrying a large album of some kind and disturbed her. Pearl jumped off the couch, stood next to me, dropped her head, and growled sotto voce. The woman looked at her.
"What kind of dog is that?" she said.
"A German shorthaired pointer," I said.
"Aren't they brown and white?"
"Not always," I said.
"What's her name?"
"Hello, Pearl," the woman said, and walked to my client chair and sat down. Pearl left my side, went and sniffed carefully at the woman's knees. The woman patted Pearl's head a couple of times. Pearl wagged her tail slightly and went back to the couch. The woman put her large album on my desk.
"I have kept this scrapbook," the woman said to me, "since the day my grandson was arrested."
"Hobbies are nice," I said.
"It is far more than a hobby, young man," the woman said. "It is the complete record of everything that has happened."
"That might prove useful," I said.
"I should hope so," the woman said.
She placed it on my desk. "I wish you to study it."
"Will you leave it with me?" I said.
"It is yours," she said. "I have another copy for myself."
The woman's name was Lily Ellsworth. She was erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish. Too old for me, at the moment, but I hoped Susan would look as good as Mrs. Ellsworth when we got to that age. Being as rich would also be pleasant.
"And after I've studied it, ma'am," I said, "what would you like me to do."
"Demonstrate that my grandson is innocent of the charges against him."
"What if he's not?" I said.
"He is innocent," she said. "I will entertain no other possibility."
"What I know of the case, he was charged along with another boy," I said.
"I have no preconceptions about the other boy," Mrs. Ellsworth said. "His guilt or innocence is of no consequence to me. But Jared is innocent."
"How'd you happen to come to me?" I said.
"Our family has been represented for years by Cone, Oakes," Mrs. Ellsworth said. "I asked our personal attorney to get me a recommendation. He consulted with their criminal defense group, and you were recommended."
"Do they represent your grandson?" I said.
"No. His parents have insisted on hiring an attorney of their own."
"Too bad," I said. "Cone, Oakes has the best defense lawyer in the state."
"If you take this case and need to consult him," Mrs. Ellsworth said, "you may list his fee as an expense."
"Her," I said.
Mrs. Ellsworth nodded gravely and didn't comment.
"Do you know who they have hired?" I said.