The Widening Gyre Setting & Symbolism

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Murphy's Irish Whiskey

Spenser's drink of choice, which he has begun to drink straight out of the bottle.

VHS Tape

The blackmail tape shows Ronni Alexander having sexual intercourse with an anonymous man. Meade Alexander receives the tape in the mail along with a threat to release it to the public if he does not drop out of the race.

Boston Globe

The large Boston newspaper is widely well-regarded. Spenser taps their resources for background information through Wayne Cosgrove.

Springfield

A small city in Boston where Spenser meets Sal Pelletier, the thug who accosts the young Meade supporters. In Springfield, Spenser discovers that Vinnie Morris is connected to the threats against Alexander.

Georgetown

A picturesque, historic neighborhood of Washington DC, where Gerry Broz lives, attends school, sells cocaine, and videotapes sex orgies.

The Hay Adams Hotel

Spenser stays at this posh hotel while he is in Washington DC...

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