Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Walking Shadow Book Review

Walking Shadow (Spenser) by Robert B. Parker was the next on my list of Robert Parker novels after I completed Paper Dolls.  It seems that these page turners are hard for me to put down.  I might be able to set the world record for books read in a month if I just stick with these but I don't think that I will be getting much sleep or anything else done around the house.

The Walking Shadow refers to many different things in this story.  It is a term used in the Chinese culture and also literally because there are two people who have people following them.  Spenser is brought into a case when he is at a play at the theater and a performer is shot in the middle of the show.  One thing leads to another and he is investigating murder, stalking, kidnapping, illegal immigration and much more.  The story gets even more interesting when he has to bring his friend Hawk and Vinnie in to protect him from the enemies that he was making.  Luckily, he avoids the attempts on his life through lots of help from his friends.  I hope that you check out this book to see all the drama that unfolds in the sleepy little town of Port City.

I have been thinking a lot about why I like this series of books and there are many reasons.  The story lines are always interesting (even if there are some that are predictable like this one).  They are always entertaining.  The characters are great and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what they are all going to do next.  But the clincher is that the book always ends with the characters reviewing the case instead of leaving you wondering what happened to the people involved.  It is a great open and shut book where you start at the beginning of the story and it takes you through to the end.  I think that the reason that you are so eager to pick up the next book is that this storyline is resolved and you are ready to see what trouble Spenser and his friends can get into next.

I hope that you check out this book and all Robert Parker books at your local library or bookstore.  Please let me know what you think when you read it!!!

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