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Publisher's Summary

Boston's premier P.I. investigates the murder of a prominent local banker, with family ties to the Mayflower - and perhaps the mob. When 51-year-old Nathan Smith, a once-confirmed bachelor, is found dead in his bed with a hole in his head made by a .38 caliber slug, it's hard not to imagine Nathan's young bride as the one with her finger on the trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guilty. But given that Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can afford - and thanks to Nathan's millions, she can afford plenty - Spenser hires on to investigate Mary's bona fides.
Mary's alibi is a bit on the flimsy side: she claims she was watching television in another room when the murder occurred. But the couple was seen fighting at a high-profile cocktail party earlier that evening and the prosecution has a witness who says Mary once tried to hire him to kill Nathan. What's more, she's too pretty, too made-up, too blonde, and sleeps around - just the kind of person a jury loves to hate.
Spenser's up against the wall; leads go nowhere, no one knows a thing. Then a young woman, recently fired from her position at Smith's bank, turns up dead. Mary's vacant past suddenly starts looking meaner and darker - and Spenser's suddenly got to watch his back.
With its lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action and razor-sharp characters, Widow's Walk is another triumph.
©2002 Robert B. Parker (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Sometimes you have to wonder how Robert B. Parker keeps his mojo working... In an age of shifty heroes with shaky values, he has created a hero who can still stand up for himself - and us." (The New York Times Book Review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By jbx2usa on 08-22-05

Great narrative, slow story

I found Joe Mantegna's narrative flawless on this book. His voice was easy to listen to and offered a great narrative to Spencer. I started with Spencer back when the TV show starring Robert Urich aired. Joe's voice reminds me a little bit of Urich's great narratives on the show.

The book's story is a bit slow and I found numerous characters to be completely annoying. Mary Smith is by far the most annoying with her completely ridiculous stupidity (no one is that stupid). The side-story with Spencer's girlfriend's patient, who dies, adds nothing to the story except a distraction.

However, the book's story would be good in an abridged version that reduces the nonsense and sticks to the story.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 10-11-03

Well Done

Parker as usual does a great job of keeping the story flowing. Montagna is my favorite reader of Parker's work. You will enjoy the inter-action of these characters.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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