Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker

Filed under:Mystery — posted by Randolph on December 7, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

Walking Shadow by Robert B. ParkerAlthough I enjoyed this book, I’m still trying to sort it all out. There was a lot going on and I felt there should be a little more, yet all the ends seem to be tied up.

This book is one of a series involving a PI by the name of Spencer. He is a hard-boiled detective set in the present, along the east coast, but could be set anywhere. In this book, he is investigating the murder of an actor in a very bad play. The killer was present for a half hour, yet is not identified at the shooting. It made for an interesting twist. His investigation takes him into China town, where he runs into Tongs and deals with being an outsider.

The story is solid, he doesn’t make unsubstantiated intuitive leaps, nor lucky guesses. The characters are pretty well developed and are interesting, and the story is well told. The style reminded me of Ramond Chandler, a bit.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace