I read this book about 15-Nov-2003. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2002. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 15:32:34 PDT.
This is book 29 of the "Spenser" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Apparently I missed some books worth of buildup; anyway, Pearl is suddenly old. And this book is, again, about long-ago stuff that Spenser has need to dig into. A very complicated set of relationships involving some people who are now gangsters.
The main murder is an old-money banker, who is murdered and set up to look like a suicide. His young wife takes the gun to make it not look like a suicide (thinking it really had been) and not realizing it will turn suspicion on her. Then it gets complicated.