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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,670 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ace Atkins Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date:
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When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, 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 hit Spenser where he lives—they’re the very characteristics he abides by. 

Mattie believes the man convicted of the crime is innocent, and points Spenser to the Southie toughs she saw carrying her mother away hours before her murder. Neither the Boston PD nor the neighborhood thugs are keen on his dredging up the past, but as Spenser becomes more involved in the case, he starts to realize that Mattie may be on to something. He will need Hawk’s help to find peace for Mattie—a job that’s more dangerous than Spenser ever thought.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ace Atkins has proven an exceptionally talented writer…Taking on the challenge of continuing the much-loved Spenser series is a daunting task. Ace Atkins responds with a knock-out punch in round one. Parker would most definitely approve.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “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…Atkins hits all the familiar marks...as he offers familiar pleasures.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Atkins succeeds. He doesn’t sound like somebody trying to emulate Parker. He sounds like Parker in a book that hits all the usual Spenser notes. He has the wisecrack-filled dialogue down and Parker’s cadences, too: Spenser, thankfully, sounds like Spenser. You also get the vivid sense of place, flexing of muscles, and spare plot that were hallmarks of Parker’s 39 Spenser books…It’s a feat when a writer creates characters who live and breathe on the page and make readers care and keep coming back for more. To manage that with someone else’s characters, let alone with an icon like Spenser, is a minor miracle. Ace Atkins pulls it off.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2013 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover P.I. Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/8/2014

    " Ace Atkins does a great job in a tough situation. He tells a terrific story and really nails the "voices" of the various regulars! Very pleased! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annie Tarbox | 2/6/2014

    " Not bad. Some of the dialogue was off, especially for Hawk, but not too jarring. Ace ain't from Boston, and it shows a bit. But it's great to have Hawk and Spenser back again, and I look forward to the next installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin Moore | 2/4/2014

    " Easy read by classic Robert B Parker even if it wasn't written by him. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/2/2014

    " Spencer lives on! Robert B Parker's series continues thanks to Ace Atkins. Updated humor and spot on characters. "

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