BOOK REVIEW: SCHOOL DAYS
This is a delightful read. Robert Parkerís Spenser is a private investigator, formerly cop. Where Spenser goes, Pearl, who is a German shorthaired pointer (Spenserís description), must go with him with very few exceptions. Pearl is a ďscardy catĒ but puts on a good front! Spenser has a girlfriend, Susan, who is a shrink, but is away at a conference during most of School Days. The two of them have several phone conversations of a rather sexual tone, which they figure is the best they can do so far away from each other.
Spenser is hired by Lily Ellsworth to prove her grandson, Jared Clark, was innocent of murder charges that stemmed from when two black, ski-masked people with guns, blasted their way into their own school. The school was a private academy, Dowling School. The two boys killed several students and wounded others. The local police did not immediately enter the school not knowing what the situation was inside, so they claimed.
Wendell Grant was the other shooter entering with Jared. Wendell was a known troublemaker and was arrested immediately. During his questioning he gave up the name of Jared to the police. Both boys admitted they were guilty of the shooting, despite grandma telling Spenser that he had to be found innocent because he could not do such a terrible thing. Spenser took the case and found several law enforcement friends that helped him find evidence and find those that Spenser needed to question.
As Spenser got farther along, he too felt sure the boy was guilty but kept digging because, after all, he was working for grandma. The story goes into mental evaluation of Jared along with his recent and past life and involvements. Spenser dug up an old gang friend that assisted him in finding other gang leaders that Spenser wanted to question. This took him into some very rough neighborhoods where he meets some real bad guys. The school President, Royce Garner, and several staff members become involved in Spenserís investigation. They sure make it interesting!
School Days will keep you involved and make you hope that something is found to help Jared from having to face life in prison or even death. Spenser is such an experienced private eye that he keeps things very interesting. He will push the envelope regarding law enforcement, but the reader enjoys every minute of him getting in and out of trouble and how he manages to do this.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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