Widow's Walk

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert B. Parker
Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: March 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Boston's premier P.I investigates the murder of a prominent local banker, with family ties to the Mayflower - and perhaps the mob.

When fifty-one year old Nathan Smith, a confirmed bachelor, is found dead in his bed with a hole in his head made by a .38 caliber slug, it's hard not to imagine Nathan's young bride as the one with her finger on the trigger. Even her lawyer thinks she's guilty. But given that Mary Smith is entitled to the best defense she can afford - and thanks to Nathan's millions, she can afford plenty - Spenser hires on to investigate Mary's bona fides.

Mary's alibi is a bit on the flimsy side: she claims she was watching television in another room when the murder occurred. But the couple was seen fighting at a high-profile cocktail party earlier that evening and the prosecution has a witness who says Mary once tried to hire him to kill Nathan. What's more, she's too pretty, too made-up, too blonde, and sleeps around - just the kind of person a jury loves to hate.

Spenser's up against the wall; leads go nowhere, no one knows a thing. Then a young woman, recently fired from her position at Smith's bank, turns up dead. Mary's vacant past suddenly starts looking meaner and darker - and Spenser's suddenly got to watch his back.

With lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action and razor-sharp characters, WIDOW'S WALK is another triumph.

Reviews (4)

Widow's a drag

Written by Anonymous on July 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I've read Spenser books and was an avid watcher of the show, so I like the series. I was very dispointed in the narrater (Joe Mantegna). He did not have the right voice or inflection for the tough guy BOSTON based PI and he made Hawk sound too much like a street thug. The women....well they ALL sounded like idiots. It's too bad, I was really looking forward to listening to a Spenser book.

Widow's Walk

Written by Anonymous from Santa Monica, CA on November 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I didn't love this Parker selection as much as I have his other ones, but it's still entertains.

Solidly Spectacular Spenser!

Written by dlct on April 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this guy. I even love his slightly stuck-up girlfriend Susan. And who wouldn't love Hawk? This is another installment in the mixed up world of Spenser, the private eye beyond compare. The story moves right along, the narration is excellent, and I was engrossed.

Not Great

Written by Anonymous on April 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Parker has been writing the same characters for 30 years and they haven't grown at all. I used to love the Spenser novels but this one is so hum drum you can even feel the author struggling to get through it. Mantagna's hilariously awful narration doesn't help.

Author Details

Author Details

Parker, Robert B.

Robert B. Parker has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis’ comment, “We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story” (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with Appaloosa and School Days, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, Sea Change.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker’s novels. He and Joan live in the Boston area.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston’s Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America’s rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker’s fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker’s small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.