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Published by No Exit Press,
31 March 2016. ISBN 978-1-84344-738-2
Spenser (spelt like the name of the poet as Spenser
likes to explain) is an iconic private eye of the old school, tough yet
cultured and appreciative of the better things of life.He operates from Boston, a city that he knows
very well, particularly from a culinary point of view, and he deals with the
bad men of society.Robert B. Parker
originated the character and wrote many adventures before his death; Ace Atkins,
a crime writer in his own right, has continued the Spenser series.
is asked to investigate the case of Dillon Yates who has been given acriminal sentence in a juvenile facility on
an island inBoston harbour for setting
up a spoof Twitter account for his high school vice principal.He was sentenced by Judge Scali in Blackburn,
Massachusetts, a man who believes in zero tolerance of the most minor actions
by minors.Dillon's mother wants to get
her son out.Spenser soon realises that
he is dealing with a corrupt system in Blackburn which is ruining kids lives
and making an enormous profit, thereby.
has loyal friends who assist him in his pro bono task and he faces down the
violent bad men with wisecracks and his own scientificallyapplied violence.Susan, his long term girlfriend provides
advice and company.His associate,
Hawk, provides backup.
Atkins has recognised and can emulate well the features of Spenser and he has
achieved the same laconic style that Parker inaugurated.This is a good read.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is Ace's fourth Spenser novel.The books
featuring Spenser written by Parker number more than 30.
Ace Atkins is an
experienced crime writer with several stand alones, a series about Nick Travers
and his Quinn Coulson series which he continues to write. He has already
published the Spenser Lullaby and is writing more Spensers. In an interview in
2013 he explained that he couldn't write the Coulson and Spenser books at the
same time - he writes the two series separately allowing half a year for each!
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my
reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15
years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.