"in what way is 'cold spot' part of a series?"
In every way. It's the first book of a projected series, not a
standalone that is being turned into one (not to say the book isn't
complete in itself). At the beginning, Chase is a getaway driver,
raised to be one from a young age by his professional criminal, and crew
leader, grandfather. The book goes on to chronicle several years in
Chase's life, including a period where he goes (mostly) straight. I
don't think it's giving anything away to say circumstances eventually
pull him back into the life.
The book's opening line is worthy of a Parker novel, and I do not use
that high praise lightly: "Chase was laughing with the others during
the poker game when his grandfather threw down the cards, took a deep
pull on his beer, and with no expression at all shot Walcroft in the
I'm really looking forward to the second, out next month.
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