The late Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser novels, was, I hate to admit, a conventional mid-century liberal in many ways. (He was, after all, from Massachusetts.)
Still, he had a contempt for PC that shows through in many of his books. So why is this posthumous Spenser novel, unfinished at the time of his death, called a "Spenser holiday novel"?
Actually, Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel, a novel with a Christmas name, and a Christmas plot, set at Christmas time about a guy about to celebrate Christmas when into his office walks some kid who's involved with a Christmas charity...and it's a holiday novel.
“Brann does a seamless job…Diehard Parker fans will be delighted.” —*Publishers Weekly*
A special treat for the holiday season – a rumination on Christmas, family, and the meaning of home as conceived by Robert B. Parker.
It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost.
Unfinished at the time of his death, Silent Night was completed by Parker’s longtime agent, whose decades-long association with Parker’s work gives her unique insight and perspective to his voice and storytelling style. Her contribution also speaks volumes about their enduring friendship.