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Spenser: For Hire – Blood Money

by Alan Rapp on December 6, 2018

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Blood Money
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Spenser - Blood Money television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. Spenser (Robert Urich) gets involved in a kidnapping of a CEO (James Rebhorn) that makes less and less sense the longer he stays on the case. The radical group claiming responsibility doesn’t appear to actually exist. The company’s head of security (Jimmie Ray Weeks) botches the routine ransom drop, the company cares more about the stock price than their missing CEO, and Spenser’s client (Lonette McKee) has more to gain from her husband’s death than his safe return. When the CEO’s body is dumped, Spenser’s job may be done but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to leave things be.

One of the trademark characteristics from Robert B. Parker’s Boston private investigator was his unwillingness to leave a case half-finished, especially if there’s a mystery that needs unraveling or a tragedy that he blames himself for. That gallantry in on full display in “Blood Money,” but doesn’t prevent Spenser from calling in both Susan (Barbara Stock) and Hawk (Avery Brooks) as back-up at various times in the case as Susan attempts to help a teenager grieve over the loss of his father and Hawk helps Spenser deal with a couple of local thugs and find the true ringleader of the kidnapping and bring her to justice.

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