Regular price: $23.07

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Hired by Loudon Tripp, an aggrieved Boston aristocrat who believes his late wife Olivia's brutal street slaying to be something other than random violence, Spencer immediately senses that his client's picture-perfect portrayal of his family life is false. For starters, the victim's reputation is too saintly, her house is as lived-in as a stage set, and her troubled children don't appear to be the product of a happy home.

Spencer plunges into a world of grand illusion, peopled by cardboard cutouts, including a distinguished public servant with plenty to hide, a wealthy executive whose checks bounce, a sleepy southern town seething with scandal and the ambiguous Olivia herself, who may or may not really be dead.

Crack another case with Spenser.
©1994 Robert B. Parker (P)2009 Phoenix

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    59
  • 4 Stars
    55
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    44
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    19
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dark & Deep Story

This story was great because it just kept taking turns, and the plot kept getting thicker and thicker. It is a very dark story with multiple tragic situations. Definitely kept me listening to see what would happen. I agree with many readers who have commented that this narrator isn't the best, but I have to say, he really did shine here. All of the characters on the Boston police force really came alive in a new way. The scene where Martin Quirk breaks bad is fantastic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Suspected city

Unsuspecting suspected a variety characters that keep the plot moving right up to the end

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great story enhanced by narrator<br />

Thoroughly enjoyed story. Entertained by distinct voice change with each character.
Nice touch of humor interjected with suspense.