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The Professional by Robert B. Parker
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Sep 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

At first, this case appears straightforward. Four wealthy women arrive in Spenser's office with their lawyer. They are are all having affairs with the same man, Gary
Eisenhower. They are all married to older men in prominent positions who know nothing about their extra curricular activities. The affairs are about to be revealed because Eisenhower is blackmailing them and the huge amount of money in payoffs can not be kept secret much longer. Gary has been making audio and video tapes of their trysts and is threatening to contact their husbands if the payments stop. As Spenser begins his investigating, he soon realizes nothing is turning out to be what it initially seemed to be.
Eisenhower not afraid of the cops since none of the alleged victims are willing to press charges. One of the women continues her affair with Eisenhower. Spenser decides the case is at a dead end, wishes everyone involved well and officially quits. Unofficially, he senses there is more than meets the eye and can't let go of this puzzling case. Besides, business was slow and nothing else is going on. First the body of one of the husbands is found murdered. This seems to trigger a chain reaction with other victims turning up dead. Soon the police pay Spenser a visit to find out what he knows. One clue leads to another and before its over, Spenser caught in the middle. As is the case in numerous Spenser novels, there are not just good guys and bad guys. We are shown an overlap where the bad guys have some redeeming qualities and the good guys are somewhat tarnished.
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