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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Spenser) [Kindle Edition]

Ace Atkins
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"Handpicked by the Parker estate to be the keeper of the flame for the Spenser franchise, award-winning author Ace Atkins...rises flawlessly to the occasion."--"Kirkus Reviews "

""Lullaby "is pure Spenser...pitch-perfect."--""

"Wisecrack-filled dialogue and...[a] vivid sense of place. Atkins a book that hits all the usual Spenser notes.""--Chicago Sun-Times"

"Atkins captures Parker's distinctive voice, the sardonic, self-deprecating, sharply observant first-person narration that makes the Spenser books so compelling, and so much fun...And best of all, it has Spenser...Lucky for us, he's not done yet."--"Tampa Bay Times "

"Even the most fanatical Parker fans would be hard pressed to identify any aspect of this Spenser novel that doesn't read as if it were penned by Spenser's late creator.""--Publishers Weekly "

"A brisk read.""--Boston Daily "

"Atkins has brought back everything we love about Robert B. Parker's Boston P.I. Spenser...[He] takes the reins of the Spenser series with self-assured ease...He also proves he's the right man for the job."--"Mystery People "

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When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not convinced by her claim that the wrong man was convicted. Mattie is street-smart, wise beyond her years, and now left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hits Spenser where he lives.

As Spenser becomes more involved, he thinks that Mattie may be onto something after all. And he’s going to need the help of his friend Hawk to find peace for Mattie—a job that’s more dangerous than he ever thought.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072O02EQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay March 3 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read every Robert B Parker Spenser novel and this one by Ace Atkins is not bad but he needs to read a few more Parker novels. Way too much swearing, even in from of a teenager. Spenser and Hawk are way above that. I also bought the Jesse Stone but have not read it yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"A copy of the document was to be issued as law in every province, being published for all people, that they should be ready for that day. The couriers went out, hastened by the king's command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel." -- Esther 3:14-15 (NKJV)

I don't recall reading a first novel in a mystery series continuation that is as carefully done and as faithfully executed as Lullaby. Mr. Ace Atkins is obviously a big fan and understands the foundations and appurtenances of the Spenser saga. I was impressed and intend to start reading Mr. Atkins' earlier works.

In the past, many people have complained when Robert B. Parker wrote a story about Spenser that focused on some aspects of the character and the sage . . . while omitting or downplaying other aspects. No one can have that complaint about Lullaby. The elements that I most like about the series were all on display to about an average amount reflective of all the past novels. That's a tight straitjacket to wear, and I hope that the future stories will take a few liberties to favor some elements over others.

The story is also interesting in that the plot employs some role reversals. For example, Spenser has mentored two young men in the past. This time he is asked to work for a teenage girl who wants to be in charge. I found it refreshing to think about how Spenser might react in such a situation.

For those who worry if Susan and Hawk are missing, there's plenty of both in their usual roles in this story.

I always found Robert B. Parker's dialogue to be stunningly beautifully written. There wasn't a spare syllable.

While Mr. Atkins is an excellent dialogue writer in capturing Spenser, his prose isn't as spare and as sharp as Parker's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atkins does a great job bringing Spenser back May 7 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Robert B. Parker passed away just over two years ago. With the blessings of his estate, Parker's iconic characters - Jesse Stone and Spenser will continue to live on the written page. Author Ace Atkins was chosen to continue the tale of Boston P.I. Spenser.

It's always a gamble for a publisher to have someone new take on the voice of a character so many have read and loved. I really enjoyed Ace Atkins' first book The Ranger last year and am eagerly awaiting the second. Atkins himself credits Parker with his direction in life.

"I got into writing crime fiction because of Bob Parker," Atkins says. "For my 21st birthday, my mom waited in line for an hour at a bookstore in Atlanta to get a signed copy of (Parker's) Double Deuce. It was the greatest birthday present ever, and it shaped what I ended up doing for a living. I wanted to grow up to be Robert Parker."

So I had a feeling that things might turn out okay...and I was right.

Fourteen year old Mattie Parker stops by Spenser's office, looking to hire him. Her mom was killed four years ago. Although there's a man doing time for her murder, Mattie says he didn't do it. She know who really did - she saw them. Something about the girl - mostly her attitude - radiates with Spenser, so look into her case. And he finds she might be right......

The trademark short snappy dialogue is there from page one and never lets up. Spenser's wry outlook, his witty wise cracking repartee with Hawk and his smooth as silk interactions with Susan all ring true. Spenser's love of food, drink, good music and literature are all lovingly continued and described.

Favourite characters make a return - Hawk is just as big and bad as ever, but Atkins gives him a soft spot that was unexpected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Spenser Story Dec 21 2013
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I almost gave this five, it is a really good Spenser. A tough Boston kid gets Spenser to look into her murdered mother's cold case. Spenser and Hawk go to it and unravel things, many of the old cast make their appearances, Quirk, Belson, Epstein, Fiore, Marcus, Morris. Atkins writes a good mystery/procedural, and is able to capture the Spenser voice quite well, not too flippant and recites some old poetry. Somehow AA lost the touch a bit with Wonderland, the next book but this one gets props.
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