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Boston PI Spenser is back with his most dramatic case yet, in Robert B Parker’s acclaimed and bestselling Spenser series.

A bitter divorce results in a father ordering the kidnapping of his own son. PI Spenser is hired by the mother to get her boy back. But when Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own, and soon finds there is a contract out on his own life.

When it comes to detective novels, 90 per cent of us admit he’s an influence, and the rest of us lie about it’ HARLAN COBEN