Helen Brann was Robert B. Parker's literary agent for 32 years, from 1978 to 2010, and is the Literary Executor for the Robert B. Parker Estate. She is the owner of The Helen Brann Agency, Inc., which she founded in 1973.
Spenser is busy planning for his holiday dinner when an 11-year-old homeless boy shows up in need of help. The man who runs the unlicensed shelter that gives the boy refuge is being intimidated in an attempt to force them out of their neighborhood. Spenser is on the case in SILENT NIGHT, the book Robert B. Parker was working on at the time of his death.