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Widow's Walk: Spenser Series, Book 29
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The indefatigable, poetry-dishing Spenser finds himself in the middle of yet another whopper of a case. A seemingly dim blonde with a supermodel-class body is accused of murdering her blue-blooded, Mayflower-descended banker of a husband. Her alibi: she was watching Survivor in another room. Mary Fiore, Spenser’s seductive lawyer friend, a former prosecutor, realizes that her client needs some help, and commissions Spenser to dig up the truth. This is easier said than done, but a few gunsels, thugs, and murders later, Spenser makes the connection between the dead banker and a real-estate scam gone sour. There’s a resolution to the case, but the fun is in seeing the green and sexual intrigue play out.
 
“Boston’s favorite private eye slides into his 30th case as easily as a knife sinking into warm butter.”—Kirkus Reviews
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        Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen; he first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. He currently stars in the hit TV show Criminal Minds. Mr. Mantegna has become synonomous with Robert B. Parker's Spenser; he narrates the entire Spenser series for BOT. Mantegna is also the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. 
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“Boston’s favorite private eye slides into his 30th case as easily as a knife sinking into warm butter.”—Kirkus Reviews
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      • content: In real years, Spenser would now be pushing 70; however, he remains frozen in time--cool, tough, fit, articulate, irresistible to the ladies. Joe Mantegna plays him this way in his latest adventure, involving a mega-dumbie who may or may not have killed her mega-rich husband. The presence of the detective's usual sidekicks, also age-resistant, allows Mantegna to simulate voices for Hawk, the lippy African-American bodyguard, and Susan, the longtime love, as well as a variety of unsavory folk who complicate the plot. The language is as rough as the action as more bodies turn up. Parker's repartee includes many "he said"s; these stand out in audio. This isn't one of Spenser's best outings, but fans of the series will probably like it anyway. J.B.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
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        This unadorned production leaves everything to the considerable narrative skill of veteran reader and actor Mantegna (Godfather III; Searching for Bobby Fisher; etc.), but not even he can breathe much life into an off effort from Parker (Potshot; Death in Paradise; etc.). Though Mantegna's style is perfectly suited to the rough-and-tumble PI genre, Parker's text offers little in the way of intriguing substance. With the rugged detective Spenser once again working the streets of Boston, the tale centers on Mary Smith, a flighty blonde socialite of questionable moral character and undeniably low IQ, whose husband, a wealthy banker, is found shot to death in the couple's home. Despite Smith's ludicrous alibi and transparent lies, Spenser takes on the case and begins to unravel a messy skein of infidelity and corrupt land dealings. Smith's vapid character provides Mantegna's greatest challenge, and, truthfully, it's not one that he answers particularly well. He's much more at home with the pointed banter between Spenser and his lover, Susan, or the gruff, streetwise voice of Spenser's henchman, Hawk. Despite some occasionally snappy dialogue and pulse-quickening action scenes, there's little here among the hackneyed trappings of the detective story and a rather confusing plot to keep anyone but the most devout fan of the series truly engaged. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 4).

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“Boston’s favorite private eye slides into his 30th case as easily as a knife sinking into warm butter.”—Kirkus Reviews
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