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School Days: Spenser Series, Book 33
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Spenser novels volume 33.
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Lily Ellsworth—erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish—is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed.

As the probe goes on, Spenser finds himself up against a number of roadblocks—from the school officials who don't want him asking questions, to Jared's own parents, who are completely indifferent to the boy's defense. Ultimately, Spenser discovers a web of blackmail and some heavy-duty indiscretions—and a truth too disturbing to contemplate. Before the case reaches its unfortunate end, he is forced to make a series of difficult decisions—with fatal consequences.
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Unabridged
Street Date:
09/27/2005
Language:
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ISBN:
9780739330784
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Robert B. Parker. (2005). School Days: Spenser Series, Book 33. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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      • content: Why? It takes a tough guy to get the answer to a tough question like that, especially when no one else wants to know. Spenser's the tough guy who's looking for answers in a school shooting case in this latest novel. Narrating as the Boston gumshoe, Joe Mantegna adds a light touch to Spenser's toughness, drawing laughs with his reading of wry, erudite lines. As the investigation gets more serious, Mantegna's narration turns more dramatic. Always, he highlights Parker's carefully drawn sense of place and eye for detail, sounding as naturally observant as a private eye. More than a puzzle, this novel shines light on the human factor in tragedy. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
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        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.

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        April 15, 2006
        Spenser agrees to investigate a teenage killer who, with another boy, entered his posh New England high school with serious weapons and randomly started firing, killing students and faculty. The boy has confessed, yet his grandmother believes that he's innocent. His parents want him imprisoned so they can forget they ever had such an unsatisfactory child. Spenser doesn't know what to think, but he knows there's a lot more to the story than anyone's telling; perhaps the sexy school psychologist is the key. Most of Parker's books include Spenser's colorful friends, but this mystery, set in suburban Boston, is full of colorless suburbanites. So while Joe Mantegna does his usual fine reading, he does not have the opportunity to demonstrate his facility with accents and voices. Spenser fans will find this work less amusing than some of his other tales but still will want to listen. Recommended for most mystery collections." -Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA"

        Copyright 2006 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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