Walking Shadow (Spenser Series #21)

Walking Shadow (Spenser Series #21)

by Robert B. Parker

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Walking Shadow 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Nodosaurus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed this book, I'm still trying to sort it all out. There was a lot going on and I felt there should be a little more, yet all the ends seem to be tied up. This book is one of a series involving a PI by the name of Spencer. He is a hard-boiled detective set in the present, along the east coast, but could be set anywhere. In this book, he is investigating the murder of an actor in a very bad play. The killer was present for a half hour, yet is not identified at the shooting. It made for an interesting twist. His investigation takes him into China town, where he runs into Tongs and deals with being an outsider. The story is solid, he doesn't make unsubstantiated intuitive leaps, nor lucky guesses. The characters are pretty well developed and are interesting, and the story is well told. The style reminded me of Ramond Chandler, a bit.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susan is on the board of directors of a local theater, so when the theater owner says he's being followed, Spenser agrees to investigate as a favor to her. Between Spenser and Hawk, however, they can't find anyone following him.Then during a performance of an exceedingly long, boring, and pointless play, one of the actors is shot dead with a .22 to the heart, and things start getting more exciting, with the involvement of a Chinese gang and the reappearance (or not) of the stalker.I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The mystery was convoluted and complex, yet everything got tied up in the end, and the ending was.... (trying hard to avoid spoilers) .... dark and surprising. I love, love, loved the ending. In a way it was unsatisfying, but that just made me like it more. Gah. I can't explain without giving it away. Suffice to say it's not your usual mystery novel climax.It was also a relief to read a book from a bit later in the series, with Spenser and Susan more comfortable in their relationship--they've just bought a house in the country, where they live together on weekends, maintaining their separate lives during the week.By the way--don't be fooled by the relatively low rating on Amazon: most of the lowest ratings were solely for the audiobook's narrator.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spenser is asked to investigate the murder of Craig Sampson, an actor in the Port City Theater Company. Spenser's paramour, Susan Silverman, as a board member of the theater, had originally asked Spenser to investigate a stalking case involving the theater's director. The head of the local Tong (which reads as a kind of Chinese mafia) takes offense to Spenser's investigation, threatening to kill him. Also working into the plot is a troubled young actress who claims that she is also being stalked.To Parker's credit, he does manage to bring these disparate elements -- Chinese mobster, Dead Actor, Needy Actress - together, with a bit of history and immigrant smuggling thrown in. How believable it all is is another story -- but Parker is always entertaining. This book had a lot of Hawk in it, which I like, and took Spenser out of his normal orbit, which is refreshing.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, fast read. Typical Spencer book with Susan, Hawk, and Vinnie. Susan is on the board of a theater group in "Port City," a harbor town where it always rains. Chinese tongs figure in the story. [SPOILER: I find it hard to believe that anyone can be so oblivious to the effect of one's actions on the lives (and deaths) of other people.]
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
While I don’t really think of Spenser novels as formulaic, there are some plot elements that recur with a great amount of regularity. Some of these elements are the strength of the novel, like Spenser learning about a new area or business in which the crime he is investigating has occurred. Others are important parts of most Spenser stories—bad guys warning him off and Spenser refusing to be warned. Walking Shadows has both of these elements as Spenser runs afoul of a tong. Unfortunately, it also has another woman with issues fall for Spenser and become angry that he is in a committed relationship with Susan. I’m not sure how many times this has happened, but it feels like a regular event. You’ll figure out the who committed the crime and why very early on in this story, but the side elements that occur as Spenser fills in the details keep the book interesting despite this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started out promising but then stalled, and there were too many unrealistic and boring scenarios.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always Spencer......always the best. Robert Parker and Dick Francis and John D MacDonald! Anything by those 3 and I am hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole crowd Spencer, Susan, Hawk, and Vinnie up to the usual. The "who dunit" better than usual.
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Iam2cool More than 1 year ago
I can never get enough Spenser
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RL11 More than 1 year ago
Once again, Spenser must dispense justice the only way he knows; morally. Good reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I read this book through, and it did not take me long, I was a bit disappointed, so much was promised as one crime lead to another. Stalking, murder and people smuggling being the three main ones. The solving of the crimes which took up to the last chapter seemed obvious, I think the clues were too generous. We know who the villains are early in the book and Walker does not surprise us at the end. Well perhaps just a little.