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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,038 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739318638
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Lily Ellsworth--erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish--is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed.

As the probe goes on, Spenser finds himself up against a number of roadblocks--from the school officials who don't want him asking questions, to Jared's own parents, who are completely indifferent to the boy's defense. Ultimately, Spenser discovers a web of blackmail and some heavy-duty indiscretions--and a truth too disturbing to contemplate. Before the case reaches its unfortunate end, he is forced to make a series of difficult decisions--with fatal consequences.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwennie | 2/14/2014

    " Always enjoy Parker. Always will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlanda | 2/11/2014

    " This was my first Robert Parker book and I really enjoyed it. It's a modern-day mystery with believable characters, an interesting plot, and it's not predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Secor | 2/2/2014

    " Typical Parker Spenser novel, with strengths - witty dialogue throughout - and weaknesses - Spenser's constant macho attitude - every woman wants me, but I'm saving myself for Susan Silverman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 1/29/2014

    " Ok -but why do they always make the psychologists such jerks. Also, he did not do his homework and I think anyone that knows a little bit about how schools work and what mental retardation is will see that - still, I had to find out what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kelly | 1/25/2014

    " I like Robert Parker a lot. His books are extremely easy to read. They are more or less detective books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adanna | 1/18/2014

    " It ended a bit to abruptly for me, but it was refreshing to not have a completely closed ending and the style of writing in this book was different from other Robert B. Parker books I have read, so that to was new and somewhat exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/17/2014

    " Dialogue and action heavy,this was a quick read. Bit of a crush on Spenser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madelaine | 1/16/2014

    " Not one of the best of the Spenser books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Sugg | 1/15/2014

    " Great story with many facets and moved along well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 1/9/2014

    " Typical Spenser, entertaining but pretty standard for the series. The plot is kind of interesting and I was curious to see how it wrapped up, the ending was kind of interesting, to provide an alternate explanation for a school shooting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/31/2013

    " I liked this story because I like to know the back story on why things happen. Because things usually happen for a reason and not just randomly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chica | 12/17/2013

    " A quick read with solid twists in the plot. However, the end left me a little unsatisfied. I just kind of thought, is that it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Hanberry | 11/24/2013

    " Well-written. Interesting plot and characters. Filler read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 10/1/2013

    " Big fan of the late Robert B. Parker...another really well written Spenser novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 9/24/2013

    " Loved this book! I think Spenser is a great character and his dog, Pearl, is a great sidekick. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 9/24/2013

    " A little different from other Spenser tales, but still Spenser which means very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ranie Elias | 8/13/2013

    " This is a very powerful story of two misunderstood teenage boys at a high school. It is very emotional. Lots of twists and turns. Amazingly written by Robert Parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Vandenberg | 6/6/2013

    " I like my Spenser novels to have lots of Susan and lots of Hawk. It had neither, but was a good story so worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/22/2013

    " One of the very best of the Spenser books. A bit more developed, deeper plot line, inventive. A great P.I noir read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dot | 5/1/2013

    " Another enjoyable read from Robert E. Parker. Two youths shoot up their prep school and a doting grandmother asks Spencer to get evidence to prove that her grandson was not guilty of the crime. When the evidence overwhelmingly points to his guilt, Spencer stays on the case to find out why he did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan Hippard | 12/24/2012

    " Spenser looks into a school shooting. Turns out things are not as they seem. Spenser is always a good read, but I particularly enjoyed this one. I could not put it down. Literally. Read until 4 AM. Damn, I like Parker's books but I gotta get some sleep! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thompson | 12/17/2012

    " A more focused effort by Parker. In this Spenser edition, Spenser digs after the hows and whys of two teens who shoot up a school. Spenser's quips are humorous as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 9/24/2012

    " Enjoyed the story. Particularly liked the reading by Joe Mantegna. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 8/11/2012

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars (library book) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 8/3/2012

    " Not a nice, neat ending, but a compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/30/2012

    " A solid entry on the Spenser shelf. Glad I picked this one up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momruns5 | 2/25/2012

    " Actually liked this book. Good for a thriller. Better than others I've listened to. Wasn't able to figure it all out till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Cohron | 2/7/2012

    " another good Spenser story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 7/22/2011

    " This is one of Mr. Parker's best Spenser stories. It was tight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 7/9/2011

    " Despite being about a Columbine type school shooting, this was a really fun read! It was well paced and well written and completely compelling. I really enjoyed the book and will definitely read more of Parker's Spencer series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 6/14/2011

    " This book is about a high school shooting. It is a fun read and Spencer and his dog Pearl keep the action rolling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heike | 4/24/2011

    " This is, IMO, one of the best book of the Spenser-series. It´s disturbing and you (almost) feel sympathy for the boys causing so much pain and trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/26/2011

    " Dialogue and action heavy,this was a quick read. Bit of a crush on Spenser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelmcp | 3/15/2011

    " Love Robert B. Parker, but this book wasn't my favorite. No Hawk, strange storyline, and it seemed to wrap up too quickly and neatly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/11/2011

    " Don't know how this guy got so famous. He's writing as if for 10-year-olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/6/2011

    " Another fun Spencer book. Easy reading, but fun to try to figure out who did it and why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/7/2011

    " I liked this story because I like to know the back story on why things happen. Because things usually happen for a reason and not just randomly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 11/22/2010

    " Not a great Spenser book. He spent too much time mooning over Susan. An effort to deal with the topic of school shootings. Sometimes effective...sometimes a little too much musing over his ideals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/6/2010

    " An audio book I "read" to and from work. Light mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiina | 11/2/2010

    " Starts in a promising way. I really enjoy Spenser books! I started to read in the evening and almost was not able to stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/16/2010

    " I have always enjoyed the Spenser books, and this one is just as good as I remembered it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 10/11/2010

    " Slightly new twist on the Columbine story, with some surprises. Fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 10/1/2010

    " An enjoyable read over all, but not a very good book. It was entertaining over all and if you like Parker's style and Spencer's personality, then you will like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 9/28/2010

    " Don't expect anything earth shattering here. Unfortunately, these novels were so rapid fire that they became formulaic. Parker is just a fun quick read. Spenser amuses me with his dry one-liners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 8/8/2010

    " This book is about a high school shooting. It is a fun read and Spencer and his dog Pearl keep the action rolling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/4/2010

    " A great book! Lately, I've noticed that I'm brain dead at the end of the day but the past two nights, I could not put this book down. I sat in bed and read for an hour both times, just so I could finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 7/31/2010

    " 2 1/2 stars

    I listened to this book, as recommended by another librarian. It was fine. Good for Readers' Advisory purposes, entertaining, but not something I would select on my own. Just another suspense/mystery with a cocky P.I. as narrator. Entertaining enough, but that's about it. "

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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.
About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.