Sunday, May 11, 2008

Double Deuce

In the 19th book of the series, author Robert B. Parker sends his hero Spenser into the inner-city. The title of the book, Double Deuce gets its name from one of the housing developments where a fourteen year old mother and her infant child are gunned down by what appears to be a drive-by shooting. Spenser's friend Hawk enlists the detective's aid on this case.

While one of the shorter Spenser novels, it is still fast-paced. Though written in 1992, the subject matter of gang violence and inner-city struggles is still very relevant sixteen years later.

We also learn a little bit about Hawk's mysterious past as there is some reflection between his life and that of the gang members who fight against the heroes attempts to move them off of the turf. Some new supporting characters are also introduced to the novels' universe, some whom I am sure will show up again in the future.

A good read which I recommend to others.

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