Parker’s last completed novel—a good one. It is sad to finish my reading and rereading of all of his detective novels.
But quoting from the book:
“Ain’t a lot of happy endings here,” he said.
“There often aren’t,” I said.
And then the last words of the novel seem appropriate to Parker’s life, he being also a writer of and lover of the Western:
“After the rain lifted, the world would probably seem as freshly washed as I was. The cleanliness was almost certainly illusory, or at best short-lasting. But life is mostly metaphor, anyway.
“I got in my car and drove west.”
Thank you Robert Parker for creating some characters who live long after you.