Calm. The methodical and unflappable Spenser never wavers, and despite the title of Parker’s latest Spenser novel, Rough Weather, all seems calm in Spenser’s capable hands. Spenser’s client in this novel is the wealthy Heidi Bradshaw, a divorcee whose wealth came from divorcing rich husbands. She hires Spenser to stand by her on her private island for the wedding of her daughter. She already has island security, but wants something extra. Since Spenser’s beloved Susan Silverman will be a guest, Spenser readily agrees. All seems to be going well until Spenser sees a familiar adversary: Rugar, the Gray Man. (Rugar almost killed Spenser in the 1977 novel Small Vices.) Before we know it, there’s murder, kidnapping, and a wild storm. As readers have come to expect, the dialogue is always direct and repartee almost predictable.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)