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A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower- and now he's blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower cease and desist, so to speak, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment goes from blackmail to murder.

As matters become more complicated, Spenser's longtime love, Susan, begins offering some input by analyzing Eisenhower's behavior patterns in hopes of opening up a new avenue of investigation. It seems that not all of Gary's women are rich. So if he's not using them for blackmail, then what is his purpose? Spenser switches tactics to focus on the husbands, only to find that innocence and guilt may be two sides of the same coin.

With its eloquently spare prose and some of the best supporting characters to grace the printed page, The Professional is further proof that t]here's hardly an author in the crime novel business like Parker (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

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A local lawyer claims her friends are being blackmailed. Spenser agrees to take the seemingly straightforward case, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment takes a sinister turn. Available in a tall Premium Edition.

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The wives of Boston's wealthiest men have a mutual secret: they all had an affair with the same cad who's blackmailing them, and Spenser's been hired to stop him. But when the wives start dying one by one, Spenser's new case becomes murder.

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

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Edward Hahn, August 15, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I am sure going to miss my yearly "Spenser" fix now that Parker has passed on. I'm trying to drag out the books I haven't read but I usually finish his offerings in a couple days at most.

This one was up to his high standards as he takes on, as clients, four married women who are being blackmailed by a recent lover, Gary Eisenhower. At least that's one of his names. He is tasked with getting Eisenhower to stop because the women can't afford to pay forever but do not want their husbands to find out.

The story unfolds from there with quite a few twists including some murdered women. Even after he's fired, he continues his sleuthing and finally is able to bring things to an a satisfactory conclusion at least for his four ex-clients. The story continues however as the husbands and wives continue to play the games that got them in trouble in the first place. In the process Parker, through Spenser and his lover Psychiatrist Susan, explores the motivations of Eisenhower as Spenser attempts to understand him so he can dissuade him. In the process Spenser develops a begrudging liking for Eisenhower.

There is the usual collection of characters on both sides of the law, some old and some new. The dialogue is, as always, outstanding and the plot while complicated moves along at a fast pace.

Like I said earlier, I am going to miss Parker and Spenser.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425236307
Author:
Parker, Robert B
Publisher:
Berkley Books
Author:
Parker, Robert B.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Spenser
Series Volume:
37
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.50x4.30x1.00 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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"Synopsis" by , A local lawyer claims her friends are being blackmailed. Spenser agrees to take the seemingly straightforward case, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment takes a sinister turn. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
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The wives of Boston's wealthiest men have a mutual secret: they all had an affair with the same cad who's blackmailing them, and Spenser's been hired to stop him. But when the wives start dying one by one, Spenser's new case becomes murder.

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