Title: The Judas Goat
Author: Robert B. Parker
Length: 208 pages
Plot Basics: Spenser goes to London at the behest of Mr. Dixon whose family was killed there by terrorist bombers. Dixon hires Spenser to track down those responsible and deal with them.
Banter Points: This is the first book Word Nerd read with Spenser's sidekick/partner Hawk. (Somehow, she picked up bk 5 before bk 4 where he's introduced, but oh well). Hawk adds a new dynamic to the Spenser stories because he's even colder and more calculating than Spenser. He's also a humorous addition.
Bummer Points: Word Nerd likes the Spenser books... like the character, the taut writing... she does not the over-reliance on violence. (Many more fisticuffs were used to solve the problem in this book.)
Word Nerd recommendation: After reading four Spenser books in quick succession, Word Nerd's going to take a break for a bit. She'll come back though.