LOOKING FOR RACHEL WALLACE is a fantastic book, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a fan of the series. Spenser is his usual funny, witty, tough self, but here, more than any other book before this, his sensitive side is exposed. The book is basically broken into two parts. Part one is Spenser being hired to protect Rachel Wallace, a feminist lesbian author. The two clash beautifuly and the pages are full of humorous dialogue between Spenser and Rachel. The two are like oil and water; Spenser standing for everything that Rachel speaks out against. Basically, he's not PC enough for her. Although there is mutual respect there, Rachel eventually fires Spenser.
Part two is the "looking" part. Spenser finds out that Rachel has been kidnapped and he is rehired by the publisher to find her. Without Rachel there, Spenser is able to do his job his way. The Of course our hero finds her in the end. The poignant part of the story is that they both learn from each other. Spenser realizes that his machismo isn't always the answer, and Rachel learns that without a little muscle, she would've probably died.
It's a quick, fun read. Like always, Parker writes with a poetic beauty, realistic dialogue and action-packed adventure. I not only recommend this as a fan of mystery novels, but as someone who loves to read and can appreciate good writing. If you hven't read Spenser, pick up this book. Or better yet, start from the beginning and start the adventure.