Rough Weather is the 36th Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker. I've read all thirty-six, plus eight of his other books. I have to admit I read the Spenser novels for the characters. However, Rough Weather has a more complicated plot than the last few books in the series. Even so, for those of us who like Spenser, it's still the detective and his friends that bring us back.
Spenser's latest client is Heidi Bradshaw, a woman who is famous for being famous. She's been married three times, each time to a wealthy man, and the most recent husband owns Tashtego Island. Heidi hires Spenser to attend her daughter's wedding. Although Spenser can't figure out his actual job, he and Susan Silverman attend. Before the wedding, they run into an old enemy, the Gray Man, who once tried to kill Spenser. They're both a little uneasy, not knowing why he's there, but neither of them expected gunmen to show up during the wedding, shooting the minister and the groom, kidnapping the bride in the middle of a storm with hurricane-like winds.
Rugar, the Gray Man, should have known better than to leave Spenser as a witness. Now, Spenser won't quit until he finds the truth behind the shootings and the kidnappings. And, no one should want Spenser and Hawk probing for the truth.
Rough Weather is one of the better Spenser novels in recent years. Spenser and Hawk are just as witty as always. It's a pleasure to read their conversations. And, even after thirty-six books, it's a pleasure to return to Spenser's world. Rough Weather is a treat for Robert B. Parker's fans.
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Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker. G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2008. ISBN 9780399155192 (hardcover), 304p.