Knocking off another quick state with a mystery that’s been sitting on my shelf. Here is the Goodreads summary, followed by what I said about Sixkill by the late Robert Parker on Goodreads:
“On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don’t look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio’s biggest star, but he’s become its biggest liability.
In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo’s bodyguard: a young, former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. He acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor for Sixkill. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead woman come to light, it’s Spenser-with Sixkill at his side-who must put things right.”
I was really hooked on Spenser mysteries straight out of college. Eventually they become pretty repetitive, but I still like him and his crew of repeating characters. It was interesting to read this at the same time I’m reading Don Quixote since the chivalry overlap is amusing. Spenser is a bit more realistic, though. Still he has his simple code, he is unflinchingly loyal to his lady, and he does seek to save others, with or without recompense. This was VERY quick and easy reading, but it made me smile.
Updating the scoresheet:
Around the World (goal: 52 total including at least 6 in each of 6 different regions) 14
Asia/Mideast: 4 (Israel, China, Afghanistan, Japan)
Africa: 1 (Madagascar)
Europe: 4 (England/UK, Ireland, Monaco, Poland)
Caribbean/Central America/North America: 3 (US, Cuba, Haiti)
Oceania: 1 (Fiji)
Extra: 1 (Scotland)
Around the US (goal: 50 states, DC, and PR): 10 (CA, CO, GA, LA, MA, MN, MS, NY, PA, RI)
1001 Books (goal 52): 11
A to Z challenge (must be completed in order–26 author last names A to Z then 26 titles A to Z–strategy is all!): 11
Authors: Auster, Beinart, Chandler, Donovan, Eugenides, Faulkner, Grau, Hosseini, Ishiguro, Joyce, King