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Sixkill (Spenser) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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A bad-boy movie star named Jumbo pushes the limits of his reputation when he's accused of rape and murder. When the Boston PD calls on Spencer, he meets Jumbo's young bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and the two form an unlikely alliance. It's a high profile case for Spenser, but the Hollywood secrets he uncovers are sordidly unsavory- and not just those of the accused...


About the Author

ROBERT B. PARKER, who died in January 2010, was the author of more than fifty books, including the recent New York Times bestsellers Painted Ladies and Blue-Eyed Devil.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 085738211X
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 3 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFYWSO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen." -- Matthew 20:16 (NKJV)

Think of all the fictional detectives you've ever read about. How many of them feel like friends you would like to have had? I'm sure most people would take Spenser over Sherlock Holmes and Harry Bosch any day.

The jacket copy says that this is the last Spenser novel completed by Robert B. Parker. Does that mean there are uncompleted ones that might be produced someday? Or perhaps that someone else will be selected to continue the character. The results of such efforts have often been disappointing. Time will tell what's to come next with Spenser.

The good news is that Sixkill is an unusually good Spenser novel, enriched by the addition of a new character, Zebulon Sixkill who is a younger version of Spenser . . . with a different life story. We see Spenser in the role of mentor here, an infrequent . . . but powerful . . . element of the series.

There's sexual ugliness in this story, but it serves to create light rather than darkness by pointing out the importance of doing the right thing . . . even if it means mucking around in a sewer of human depravity.

Thank you, Mr. Parker! You've been very good to us, and we love you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out with a .40 cal bang Dec 14 2013
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the last Parker penned Spenser, probably had someone else put the finishing touches but reads like Parker. In this one Spenser gets into a film shoot murder. An unlikeable big star Jumbo may have killed a girl, the old dead body in a closed room mystery. Spenser schools then befriends the star's bodyguard, a big Cree Indian Zee Sixkill who needs a lot of mentoring. The mob from LA arrives and Spenser and new winger Zee need to outwit and outfight the button men. No cooking lessons, not too many whiskey adverts this time but still too much Susan and Spenser discussing his career choice and ethos. Well that's the way it was for the whole series, read them all and enjoyed the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 13 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Mr. Parker May 3 2011
By Tom S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The 39th Spenser mystery, SIXKILL, is a good one. Our hero investigates a rape/murder case on a Boston film location, and the suspect is the star of the movie, a monstrously spoiled matinee idol named Jumbo Nelson. Jumbo's outrageous antics always create headlines, not to mention headaches for his employers (sound familiar?). Spenser also gets to know Jumbo's bodyguard, Zeb Sixkill, an interesting young man who soon bonds with our hero. By the time they get to the bottom of the mystery, we've learned a lot about the Hollywood studio system, modern-day celebrity, and our own fascination with all things famous and/or notorious. And we get a lot of wisecracks from Spenser, whose observations are always hilarious.

As much as SIXKILL entertained me, it also made me a little sad. We lost Robert B. Parker last year, and this is his last completed Spenser novel. Last week his publishers announced that his detectives, including Spenser, will continue in stories written by other authors. I hope those books are half as good as Parker's. I've been reading this series all my life, and Spenser, Hawk, and Susan are almost like family. It takes a great artist to create fictional people who can seem so real, and I'm grateful for all the wonderful books he gave us. He will be missed.
112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end? May 3 2011
By Don In Fremont - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A lot of stuff happens in Sixkill. It's a fairly action-packed and standard chapter of clearly the greatest series in the history of the genre. And it's also impossible, at this point, to talk about without the context of the author's passing early last year.

Sixkill is described on the flap as "the last Spenser novel completed by Robert B. Parker". A reasonable mind could take that to mean there will be more, perhaps, and that it will completed by someone else. Amazon is already taking pre-orders on a Jesse Stone novel written by the guy that does the Selleck TV-movies. So clearly there are plans. But, well, you know. Not the same.(UPDATED 10/4/11--Ace Atkins has been hired to continue the Spenser Series)

Point being, we should take no finality poignance from the events in Sixkill, as it was clearly not meant to provide any. But poignant is exactly what Sixkill becomes. Its' point is redemption/renewal and it's made in classic Parker style, going back to Early Autumn in more than one way in telling the story of one Zebulon Sixkill.

Z, as he comes to be called, is a Cree Indian bodyguard that Spenser puts a beat-down on while commencing the novel's case: the death of a young girl in Z's client's hotel room. Spenser is brought into the case by Capt. Martin Quirk, whom you've met.

Quirk is pretty sure that one Jumbo Nelson, Hollywood Miscreant/Icon, is being railroaded for murder, so he asks Spens to sniff around and see what stinks. Enter Rita Fiore, who happens to be defending Jumbo, and the stage is set for what Parker did better than just about anyone.

After Z gets canned by Jumbo for getting whupped, he consults Spenser, who agrees to help train him as a mechanism to among other things, get his help solving the case. Parker inserts episodes from Z's early years as Z and Spenser start training at Henry Cimoli's gym, among other locations. Of course, it's all about Z finding himself. And in Zebulon Sixkill, Parker creates a fascinating character, walled-off like a supermax prison. The fun in watching Spenser, with help from Susan Silverman, of course, re-introduce Z with his real self carries its own thrills.

There's plenty of regular thrills here as well. Parker stages a couple of great fist-fights and brings in some other new creepy dudes as well. Lots of cameos by the dangerous types who have helped Spens out in the past....except for, well, Hawk. Yeah, he's still in East Somewhere, so folks looking for those two hamming it up will have to look elsewhere. (Try A Catskill Eagle.) The last act moves really fast, with a gut-wrenching final showdown that's among Parker's best.

With Sixkill, Parker provides another solid chapter in the saga. Better than some, worse than others. No earth-shattering changes, and lots of Spenser/Susan navel-gazing. But it still feels great to read.

We miss him already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A melancholy experience May 3 2011
By Whitehairedguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Happily got this book downloaded as soon as it was available. While I did enjoy the story, I could not rid myself of the sadness of knowing that Mr. Parker's last Spenser novel left us wanting one more adventure with Hawk. It seemed apparent to me that Sixkill was written to become a continuing character for future novels. As other have mentioned, there were visits from many of the familiar friends (Tony Marcus and T Bop and Junior, Victor Del Rio, Chollo, Bobby Horse, along with Lt Samuelson and Cpt Quirk) but I doubt that this is the book that Mr. Parker would have wanted as his final chapter. As so many have said in the past, it is a sad good bye to all of the characters we loved like family, particularly knowing that Spenser's last two cases were accomplished without benefit of Hawk by his side.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last Spenser... May 16 2011
By R.G. Belsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a sad book. Like many who have posted reviews, I've read every one of the Spenser novels. Some are better than others, but it is always fun to spend several hours with the Spenser character and the world he lived in. Reading this I kept realizing this was the last new one ever. It's decent Spenser, some good action scenes, some sparkling Spenser wisecracking and repartee - but I thought it had an unfinished quality to it. Especially the stuff with Sixkill which Parker goes to great lengths to set up - but then concludes rather quickly. Maybe he hadn't completely finished the book before he died. If you're a Spenser fan, definitely read this book. If not, go back to the beginning and read them all!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did no one notice that this wasn't Robert B. Parker quality? Feb. 23 2013
By travels with books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have every Parker novel written and his style, his prose, his thought process is unmistakeable. Five pages into this novel and the serious reader knows immediately that something is off. RBP may have written the outline, a draft of sorts, but it is apparent that this remarkable author did not complete this without help. I adore the work of RBP and waited anxiously for his last works. What I read were scenarios and dialogue that he would never have used. Characters were missing and others were saying things that made no sense if you've followed them from the start of the series. And Hawk has been 'gone' because the relationship between he and Spenser is so unique, so very Parker, that it would be a glaring catastrophe if another author tried to duplicate it.
Sadly, I wish the powers that be had just let the Spenser series end. This review isn't about not liking Robert Parker's work, it's about the doubtlful originality of the last 'two' books that were fed to a grieving readership.
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