This novel is not the last Robert B. Parker book that will ever be published. That honor belongs to Sixkill, which is being released in May 2011, some 16 months after Parker's sudden death. But even if Painted Ladies were the final Parker book, it would be a good conclusion to a celebrated career that resurrected a moribund genre and made Parker a legend even before he died.
Painted Ladies starts with one of only two major failures in the career of Boston private eye Spenser. A man Spenser is hired to protect gets killed. The previous time that happened decades ago, Spenser agonized and berated himself for a prolonged period of time. On this occasion, with the wisdom of advancing… Read more