Small Vices Themes

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Parker's major theme is, as always,Spenser's desire to learn the truth about a murder and to see some kind of justice done. Spenser's investigation of the Melissa Henderson murder at Pemberton leads him into an upper class world where crime may be swept under the carpet and a poor criminal from the inner city can be framed for a rich college boy's crime.

Spenser's investigation also leads him into the secondary problem of what parents may do when they adopt children.

The Stapletons appear to have tried to turn the black child Clint into a replica of themselves, thereby denying him an identity as a black man in a particular culture.

Similarly, Susan's friend, by applying politically fashionable theories of child care, is shown to be raising a girl who will be horribly antisocial if she is not punished. Spenser himself fears conflicts with Susan over rearing the...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Small Vices from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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