A rich woman client has handed Spenser a particularly strange job: he is to be present at her daughter's wedding as kind of surrogate husband. Spenser has said yes, aware that his long-term lover, the highly intelligent Susan Silverman, will be on the scene. Trouble, needless to say, ensues and an old foe of Spensers, Rugar, The Gray Man, is involved.
Parker's tenacious private dick is still a favourite of the authors admirers, despite his introduction of another series character (Jesse Stone, Chief of Police of Paradise, Massachusetts). But the sardonic Spenser remains Parkers signature character, even when some of the entries in the long-running series are less than top-notch. Rough Weather, however, is the author on form: the dialogue and the evocation of locale here is as strong as in the best Parker. Its no mean achievement to keep a form that many felt had been played out (the private eye novel) in such rude health and Robert B Parker is to be applauded for his continuing success. --Barry Forshaw