Pale Kings and Princes

by Robert B. Parker

A Spenser Novel

Wheaton is a typical New England small-college town, not the sort of place for drugs and murder. But when a reporter gets too inquisitive, he finds both—the latter on his own.

Spenser's call comes when the local cops work a cover. He needs help to solve this one—Hawk for back-up and Susan for insight on the basics of jealousy, passion and hate!

What the trio finds is a cutthroat cocaine ring, where drugs have value supreme and human life has none at all.


"Like Philip Marlowe, Spenser is a man of honor in a dishonorable world. When he says he will do something, it is done. The dialogues zings, and there is plenty of action...but it is the moral element that sets them above most detective fiction."

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paperback | Delacorte | 1987 | ISBN: 9780385295383