Cold Service (2005) by Robert B. Parker
Spenser is a Boston Private Investigator with a habit of attracting serious trouble. On this occasion, however, it’s his closest friend, Hawk, who finds himself in a whole heap of bother.
Hawk has been shot and seriously wounded whilst trying to protect a client who subsequently ends up dead, as does his entire family, children included. It’s touch and go, but Hawk is one mean dude and, with Spenser’s help, sets out to find those responsible with the intention of dealing out some street justice.
Both men run up against the Ukrainian Mob, run by the mayor, Boots Podolak, of a Boston suburb, Marshport. These particular Eastern Europeans are a nasty bunch not given to leniency, and both Spenser and Hawk need to be at the top of their game to survive.
Matters become more complicated by the involvement of Tony Marcus who…
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