Three girls obscenely murdered by a serial killer, and after two more, someone confesses, but Spenser is suspicious and investigates - the murderer could be a policeman seeing a psychiatrist. This is the latest Spenser novel, by the author of "A Catskill Eagle" and "The Godwulf Manuscript".Three girls obscenely murdered by a serial killer, and after two more, someone confesses, but Spenser is suspicious and investigates - the murderer could be a policeman seeing a psychiatrist. This is the latest Spenser novel, by the author of "A Catskill Eagle" and "The Godwulf Manuscript".Read Less
Good. Photo depicts actual copy for sale. Unmarked copy. A nice size to slip into a briefcase or purse. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 304 p. Audience: General/trade. Robert Parker's 17th Spencer detective novel published in 1989.
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Publishers Weekly, 1988-05-27 The hero of Parker's bestsellers and a popular TV series, Boston private eye Spenser tells his 15th story, this time about events that affect him personally as well as his psychologist lover Susan Silverman and their buddy, Hawk. A husband murders his wife imitating the ``Red Rose Killer,'' a serial murderer who has been leaving a rose on the corpses of his victims, middle-aged black women. When the spouse admits his guilt, government higher-ups assure feminist and ethnic pressure groups that the elusive maniac has been caught: case closed. But Spenser's friends in homicide, angered by the cover-up, enlist him and Hawk in an unofficial investigation that seems to implicate some of Susan's patients. Resenting the intrusion on her professional territory, Susan nevertheless cooperates. Spenser and Hawk, as guards, are therefore present during the psychologist's session with the dreaded but pitiable killer and the ensuing tense, final scene. Parker's biting wit, onomatopoetic dialogue and convincing characters are again notable attractions. So are details on the ambience of Boston and environs, except for one slip surprising in so accurate an author: discussions of the possibility of electrocution in Massachusetts, where there is no capital punishment. Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (July)
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