One of the weaker Spenser novels, imo. It's basically Parker's version of a modern western, which should have made me love it. About halfway through, he starts to make it his update to The Magnificent Seven as Spenser travels around the country picking up some familiar thugs as his gang to take on the bad guys. My hopes picked up again. But ultimately, this one was disappointing including an ending in which ...
...the murderer gets away (literally) with murder, for the second Spenser book in a row (Hugger Mugger, #27).
But it's still Parker and still Spenser, so there is much to enjoy in this. And the movie quotes sprinkled throughout were fun..."We deal in lead, friend."