Slide, a street-kid staying at Street Business, a local shelter that tries to offers a safe place to stay and help the kids get jobs, comes to Spenser looking for his support. Street Business is being threatend and may close, throwing all the kids back on the street.
Once Spenser and Hawk start poking around they discover that things are not as they seem and the problem is much more complicated than first suspected.
This was the book Parker was working on when he passed away. His long-time literary agent was given permission to complete his work. She did a wonderful job of it too. Although the book was shorter than most of his previous novels Brann was able to channel Parker's economy of words into a fine addition to the cannon of Spenser stories.
Perhaps the only part of the story that was a bit too easy to come by was how quickly and readily Spenser was able to enlist the help of Quirk and Belson. But, they all go back a long way and perhaps the spirit of the season made them more agreeable and willing to help. This is a small complaint and I have no idea if that was part of the original manuscript or what Brann brought to the table.
I am still grateful that Spenser has been able to continue without Parker, he is in good hands with Helen Brann and Ace Atkins.
Robert B Parker's website is where is work is continued.
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