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Widow's Walk (Spenser #29)

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One of Boston’s elite has been murdered. The accused is his new wife. She’s blonde, beautiful, and young. The jury’s going to hate her. With next-to-no alibi, and multi-million reasons to kill her husband, she needs the best defense money can buy. His name is Spenser, and he’d give anything to believe her.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2002)
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Spenser gets hired by attorney and mini-skirt aficionado Rita Fiore to help her defend her latest client. Since the client is a young pretty woman with a much older and very rich husband who was murdered while she was alone in the house with him, Spenser has his work cut out for him. It doesn’t help his investigation that this woman is as dumb as a box of hair.

As Spenser pokes around, he finds shady connections to the wealthy victim and soon a whole lot of people he’s talked with turn up dead wh
Jun 12, 2016 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm getting up to some of the Spenser novels that I haven't read before and this was one of them. Good story that kept the mystery going until the end. Hawk and Vinny are in this one also which makes it even better.
Mar 05, 2017 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 16, 2017 Coleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those familiar with Author Parker, and the Detective Spenser character, this book is ideal for
an short or lengthy airplane flight. The reader jumps right in, the dumb blond accused of murder,
the fast pace of the action, and the many interruptions by the flight attendants. Pick up the interesting story right where you left off without blinking an eye. Caution that if the flight is too long or there are multiple short flights, the reader will finish this one quickly and need another !

I had be
Dec 12, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spenser is hired by Rita Fiore to find proof that Mary Smith did not kill her rich banker husband, Nathan. When Spenser begins investigating and more people end up dead, the plot thickens and the trail seems to be leading back to one of Boston's elite criminal lawyers.

This is the first book I finished in 2008. I actually began it on audio book in 2007, but it's still my first read of '08. I laughed hysterically through the entire novel. I did not realize this installment was so far into the seri
Jun 30, 2012 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mr. Spenser, you are a little man in a big arena. You simply don't matter."

Read by Joe Mantegna
5 hours, 41 minutes.

With that comment fans of Spenser know that in Widow's Walk he's going to be digging in his heels and pull even harder at all of the loose ends until he finds something he can use. That is both the beauty and the weakness of the Spenser novels - they are formulaic. Spenser has a routine and this one touches all points (help from Hawk with a tail? Check. Vinny Morris brought in t
Dec 19, 2014 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spenser is back in his 29th appearance of the 39 total Parker novels featuring his Boston-based PI. Regulars lover Susan the psychologist; cops Quirk and Benson; and enforcer Hawk add familiarity to a tale about a wealthy man with a young trophy wife (of sorts) who ends up dead. The wife's death is virtually an open-and-shut suspect, but Spenser is hired to look into any doubts. He doesn't get very far very fast, but violence rains down on those he’s seen talking to, even himself; which tends to ...more
Nov 06, 2010 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Spenser for Hire
I enjoyed the Spenser for Hire TV series, and was excited to recently learn that it had been based on a book series. This book was my first foray into the Robert B. Parker version of the "real" Spenser. It turns out that the TV series was pretty faithful to the spirit of the characters, and Parker's writing is quite engaging. I plan to read the rest of the books in the series as well!

As for the story, I have to say that the client is a hoot. I normally have a low tolerance for stupidity, but Par
Jane Rose
Mar 06, 2016 Jane Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically I love all the Spenser books( and Jesse Stone books ). So easy to read and able to create the atmosphere with a few words. And a wisecracking PI - it's all classic.
May 25, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it
Another really enjoyable outing for Spenser. This one is more traditional Spenser - set in Boston, bodies showing up, lots of questions.
Cathy Cusson
Oct 05, 2014 Cathy Cusson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
As usual Spenser is spot on. I love the cast of characters and Parker ' s wit.
Feb 03, 2017 Gene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm reading a lot of Robert B. Parker.. olded books....still the one of the best writer...
as I seen the T V series.. lot of old movies,, the books seen a lot better ,now that I could picture ..the players
maybe that come from reading a lot of comic books, when I was younger...
new writer,, writing under Robert name,, not bad ,, but I still like the old books... will still read the oldies but goodies
Harry Dennison
Jan 25, 2017 Harry Dennison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Spenser book, but MAN is this scheme convoluted. Almost too many players with double switchback plays.
Amy W.
Jan 31, 2017 Amy W. rated it really liked it
another great story in this series
Jim Thomas
Feb 07, 2017 Jim Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Spenser deals with the dumbest client of his career. Complex for a Spenser book.
Wes Bartlett
Oct 16, 2016 Wes Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick read.
Martha Fiorentini
Jan 18, 2017 Martha Fiorentini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun beach read, which is where I read it!
Lots of bodies piling up while Spenser travels around MA to solve the case.
Jan 14, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Working my way thru all of Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels; this one is another engaging read.
Nov 30, 2011 mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It’s ten degree above the average, no clouds and the wind is down, here in SoCal just past Thanksgiving and I’m stuck inside an apartment doing respite for my father’s girlfriend while she takes some time off for herself and also to have some fun with her girlfriends. My father is ninety-one, and just had a pace maker installed on turkey day (also my birthday) and so here I sit – inside without even a view of the ocean, much less all the beautiful sights and sounds and smells that accompany the ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Shuriu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara Ann
Typical good Spenser book
Brent Soderstrum
In the 29th Spenser novel, Spenser is hired by Rita Fiore's law firm to clear Mary Smith of the murder of her much older rich husband, Nate. Nate was killed in bed while Mary was downstairs watching Survivor. To make things more difficult, Mary is not a smart lady. Mary's past isn't the most sterling and includes many people from her high school days still, including her old boyfriend who she still gets funky with.

Spenser looks into Nate's background too. Nate operated a family bank which all of
This was an enjoyable enough listen, but nothing to get excited over. It is pretty standard hardboiled private eye stuff. Spenser, Parker's hero, is a tough but decent private eye and ex-cop. He seems like he could be played by Bogart. He trades quips with his even tougher Black sidekick, Hawk, as the two of them investigate the murder of a prominent banker. This is one of these procedural mysteries in which not enough information is provided to solve the crime, but you could take an intelligent ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, Robert B. Parker died a couple of years ago, leaving the world bereft of any further Spencer adventures. Even though Parker's books are simplistic and formulaic, for those of us who are fans, they are satisfying. The main characters, Spencer, Hawk, and Susan, speak in terse dialogue, as do the minor characters. In fact, the dialogue is almost a shorthand. Take the conversation between Rita Fiore, a lawyer representing a widow accused of murdering her rich husband, and Spencer, in this nov ...more
Dec 24, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Spenser book...he and Susan and pearl and hawk make a good team. These books are easy reads but entertaining !!!
***Dave Hill
Oct 13, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it it was ok
Shelves: text



The latest Spenser mystery to hit paperback. While at times the story wanders a bit, there’s still some honest-to-gosh whodunnit going on here, as Spenser tries to figure out whether a wealthy banker was actually killed by his dumber-than-dirt younger wife. Everyone has a secret or three, and it’s not until the end that things actually click together.

In the meantime, of course, we get the normal byplay between Spenser and Susan, between Spenser and Hawk, and between Spens
May 16, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out of the library and while I was waiting for others to complete their searches I started reading it. I began laughing out loud and when my partner asked me what was so funny, she had me read the passages to her. She also laughed. I finally had to stop reading it in the library because I was causing a disturbance.
The wife (Mary Smith) of a very wealthy man (Nathan Smith) is accused of killing him. She is a dolt, nearly unable to answer even the simplest of questions. Her
Dec 02, 2007 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Publisher: Books on Tape, 2002
Length: 5 hours and 41 min.

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 thin
Jun 23, 2014 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a series about a Boston P.I. known only by his last name, Spenser. The plots all involve murders to be solved, but the crimes don’t appear to be the main focus of the books; rather, they seem to be just an excuse to highlight Spenser’s witty repartee with everyone else, but especially his partner/bodyguard Hawk.

In this story, a wealthy bank manager has been shot through the head while lying in bed at night, without any evidence that a break-in had occurred. His much younger
Nov 14, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like this story. It was interesting, but I think what got me off from the beginning is I didn't know who "I" was. It was written in the 1st person, and I think it was in the 3rd or 4th chapter before you got his name, Mr. Spenser or something like that. He was a private investigator and kept having interviews with people but never introduced himself it seemed. Also he was sexist or so it seemed to me. Every time he met a woman he talked in detail about what she looked like, and t ...more
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Robert B. Parker.
Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
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