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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (26 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: May 2012 ISBN: 9780307987747
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 Kelly | 2/2/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/30/2014

    " I miss Robert Parker terribly, but Atkins does a great job with keeping Spencer alive and well! I truly enjoyed Lullaby. If anything, Ace Atkins added more "meat" to the bare bones that Parker created with his detective novels. In Lullaby Mattie, a tough-talking 14-year-old girl from the South Boston projects, comes to Spencer for help in finding the person who really killed her mother. Spencer takes the girl's case for the price of a box of doughnuts, and it leads him back to some old enemies from his past. He and his pal Hawk slowly unwind the the story of Mattie's mother and her demise, and the reader stays up late trying to read on further to figure things out. Spencer's beloved Susan is his complete opposite but their relationship supplies strength for each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 False Millennium | 1/24/2014

    " It only makes me miss Parker the more. It's like reading Spenser, but there is some life spark missing that makes him live on the page. I read these post-mortem books because I miss Parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/19/2014

    " I've never read any of Parker's books, but I remember the tv show Spenser For Hire, and I remember the Hawk character. I pictured those two actors as I read this, and it helped me develop the characters in my mind. It was a great book, very fast paced and kept my attention. I'm interested in the rest of the Spenser series, happy to have found a new series to dive into! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/19/2014

    " An intriguing well done story about a 14 year old girl named Mattie Sullivan. She is seeking proper justice for her murdered mother and a sorry excuse for a father, who she believes in innocent of her mother's murder. She "hires' Spencer a P.I.. In the novel we meet an assortment of classic bad guys, a good well told plot, good verbal banter between characters like his associate Hawk and some tender moments with his love Susan. "Lullaby" is a lively and interesting book. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Crowell | 1/15/2014

    " Atkins does a decent job of carrying on with Spenser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/10/2014

    " Ace Atkins has succeeded in continuing the Spenser adventures created by Robert Parker. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and did not feel it changed in character from Robert Parker's stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bart229 | 1/1/2014

    " Ace did a fantastic job of capturing Robert B. Parker's book, and the story was probably better than many of Parker's novels of the last few years. Enjoyed it very much, hope that Ace gets a chance to write more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yosef Shapiro | 12/26/2013

    " The new guy does a pretty good job with his debut novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Batesharbuck | 12/11/2013

    " He did a good job of recreating Parker's style. Now I should read some of his own work and see if he has a style of his own. Fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/6/2013

    " Enjoyed this book very much. Read in 2 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladonna | 11/10/2013

    " Mr. Atkins maintained Robert B. Parker's Spenser character admirably. I will continue to read the Spenser series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 10/11/2013

    " He's not Robert B. Parker, but he's as close as Parker was when he finished Raymond Chandler's "Poodle Springs." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 7/6/2013

    " Great to see Spenser resurrected, and reunited with Susan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.S. | 7/4/2013

    " I hate to say it but this was the best Spenser book in years. I was starting to lose interest towards the end of Parker's series. Very enjoyable, although I still think there was too much Susan. A tiny bit too much of the little girl also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 5/22/2013

    " Just when you thought you've read enough about Spenser....still enjoying after many many years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabetmarshall | 4/13/2013

    " I liked the plot; it's interesting and face-paced with good characters. However, I found the quip a minute writing style massively irritating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 3/26/2013

    " I always loved Robert Parker's books - quick reads, humorous, and page-turners. I will miss him greatly, but have to say this was still a great Spenser read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tree | 3/11/2013

    " Yay Spenser. Meh Ace Atkins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Mccollom | 2/28/2013

    " Since Robert B. Parker is no longer with us Ace is the next best way to get your Spenser "fix". I look for the next that Ace writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 2/27/2013

    " Ace akins did a real good job with 'Spencer' Good writing and funny in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoffrey | 11/24/2012

    " Atkins does a creditable job of channelling Parker, but when Hawk observes of two local thugs, "If those boys any dummer, someone have to water em," we'll, that sounds like something Atkins picked up in Oxford MS, not a line you'd hear in Southie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/17/2012

    " A strong addition to the Spenser series. "

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About the Author
Author Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of seventeen books, including five books in the Quinn Colson series. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written several of these, including Robert. B. Parker’s Lullaby, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, and Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.