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Back Story involves Spenser almost casually in an abandoned trail to a 1974 killing of actress Daryl Silver's (nee Gordon) mother, Emily. When she was 6, Daryl's mother was killed while cashing some traveler's checks in the old Shawmut Bank branch in Audubon Circle. A revolutionary group, the Dread Scott Brigade, was responsible. For openers to the case, Spenser quickly is puzzled by a reference to an FBI intelligence report in the case file . . . a report that has gone missing. Soon, he has visitors who firmly ask him to "desist" from asking questions about Emily Gordon because "it is in the best interest of the United States." Spenser learns that "a tax audit is not impossible." Next, a less polite visitor arrives with a gun and shoots a hole in a lamp shade. "Boss wanted you to see me shoot." As Spenser begins to sort out the crime, his "client" tells him she doesn't want to know any more. Spenser continues relentlessly, despite being "paid" only six Krispy Kreme doughnuts flown in thoughtfully from out of town by Paul Giacomin, Spenser's almost surrogate son. Spenser's sense of duty is even stronger than he thought. He's stirred up a hornet's nest and the hornets had better look out!

One of the great appeals of this story is the extensive involvement of lots of Mr. Parker's best characters. That makes the story development a lot of fun. You'll find out about Paul's career as a theatrical director, spend lots of time with an armed and dangerous Hawk, Vinnie Morris is brought in for protection, Quirk is advising from the sidelines, and Susan is adjusting to a new "Pearl" whom Spenser brings back from Toronto. During the book's resolution, Spenser teams with Jesse Stone (of Death in Paradise, Trouble in Paradise and Night Passage) in a memorable collaboration of the two strong men.

The context for the story was also very appealing to me from a nostalgia point of view. The bank robbery described mimics a similar crime in Boston which brought me back to my younger days. There are hippies from the free love times. Spenser finds himself in the middle of a gunfight at Harvard Stadium following a jog nearby in an earlier chapter. Government cover-ups were prevalent in 1974, so hearing about another one brings back those memories.

The story's resolution also chimes in well with recent developments among the crime lords in Massachusetts, giving the book an up-to-date feel.

As usual, the dialogue is crisp, witty and original. I don't remember better.

Then why did I rate the book at four stars rather than five? Unfortunately, the mystery itself is something of a clunker . . . being way too obvious and coming into the open way too soon. If Mr. Parker had kept the mystery hidden better and longer, this would have been one of his very best books. As it is, the book is extremely interesting, entertaining and amusing. The development of Spenser's moral obligation to solve the case is very fine. All Spenser fans should immediately read Back Story!

After you finish, think about what ethical challenges you would respond to . . . even after it became in your personal best interest to stop.
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am 9. Juni 2015
Ein Privatdetektiv wird gestellt von Surrogat gehärtet ist, um den Mord an der Mutter seiner Freundin, die vor fast 30 Jahre Fand zu untersuchen. Es schien ein Zufalls Schießen, da es geschah, als eine Bank von einem siebziger revolutionäre Gruppe namens Dread Scott Brigade beraubt. Das Opfer, eine Frau namens Emily Gordon war ein Besucher von außerhalb der Stadt, die in der Bank die Einlösung Reiseschecks War. Zunächst scheint es hoffnungslos, aber als der Detektiv beginnt jagen die Einzelheiten der Fall, als ich plötzlich fest, dass der FBI hat die Untersuchungen gemauert. Diese Offenbarung Kurz darauf ist, dass ich das Ziel von einigen mob Soldaten gebogen auf Mord.
Die Geschichte spielt verschiedene Drehungen und beinhaltet viele Hintergründe und Charaktere von zweifelhafter Integrität. Allerdings ist der Haupthandlungsstrang stark genug, um die Tangenten zu überwinden, und wir kommen, um alle Fakten in dem Fall zu lernen. Ich hörte die Geschichte in meinem Auto und einigen Stellen, dass es hielt meine Aufmerksamkeit so gut, dass ich saß in meinem Auto und hörte Bis lokalen Cliffhanger aufgelöst wurde. Es ist eine sehr gute Geschichte, eine der besten Detektiv Garne, die ich je gelesen habe und sicherlich die beste, die ich auf dem Band festgestellt.
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