Small Vices by RobertB. Parker
(Spenser Mystery)

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Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

From Boston's back streets to Manhattan's elite, Spenser and Hawk search for suspects, including Melissa's rich-kid, tennis-star boyfriend. But when a man with a .22 puts Spenser in a coma, the hope for justice may die with him...

About RobertB. Parker

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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
Published March 1, 1998 by Berkley. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction

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So the Gray Man comes after Spenser with his trademark .22, short-circuiting every surprise (hey, this isn't Nicolas Freeling) except the question of how Spenser's going to recover and nail his would-be executioner and the people who hired him--and then live with himself afterwards.

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Spenser returns in top form (his 24th adventure, following Chance) to clear a man wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman college student. Ellis Alves, a black man with sexual assaults on his record,

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During an 18-month period about four years ago I read all of Robert Parker's Spenser books, numbering more than 30.

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Witnesses related to the victim's boyfriend (a yuppie college tennis star) conveniently recall a black man dragging the dead, naked body of their friend into the woods near campus.

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But Spenser persists, because he knows that right is right and wrong is bad, no matter how bad is the wronged man.

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Some 11 years after the wisecracking, street-smart private dick Spenser stopped cruising the streets of Boston for ABC, Robert B.

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