Unless this new Spenser book by Ace Atkins is based on an outline by Robert B. Parker, I can't understand why a Parker/Spenser fan would want to buy it. So far, the one and only author of the Spenser series has been Parker. Bringing in a new author to continue the series seems a bit crass. I know that there are hundreds of Sherlock Holmes stories by authors other than Conan Doyle, but the last line of Sixkill seemed like a farewell from the author to his fans. It was as though he knew that the end was near. "I got in my car and I drove west." Good bye, Spenser. Your father was a good man.
Hopefully Ace lays off the sickly sweet Spenser/Susan stuff. it just got too cutesie and too predictable in the last books. They need a plot point that shakes things up again, like when Susan went off with that other guy (many books ago) and spenser and Hawk ended up rescuing her. How about this...Spenser finds out he fathered a child years ago with a pre-Susan girlfriend. Brenda perhaps. And now this kid is all grown up and is a thug, Spenser finds out he is the father and has to straighten the kid out. that might cause some interesting issues in the Susan relationship. Remember there was a time she was convinced she wanted to have a kid with Spenser. And the all of the sudden he has a son, and she is kind of left out.
I pretty much agree. Although I didn't feel that RBP thought it would be his last book, I got the impression it was going to be the last one with Spenser as a main character. It seemed like we got a LOT of information on Sixkill, maybe he would take over crime busting with a little help from the (let's face it) geriatric superheroes Spenser and Hawk. That being said, if RBP and Spenser had both lived to be 100, I would have been happy to buy each and every new Spenser :)
I am a huge RBP fan and read all his books, Spenser is my hero and couldn't wait to see what Ace Atkins would do with Lullaby. I was lucky enough to score a review copy last week and read it and...I LIKED IT! Lullaby reminded me of RBP's early Spenser novels, with its gritty plot, more words on the page, the return of Gerry Broz. The Spenser/Susan chapters are less nauseating than the last few books. Hawk is back, too! Ace's Spenser feels slightly different because its Ace's voice and not RBP's but the voice is close enough to make it a legitimate continuation of the Spenser series. THANKS, ACE for picking up Spenser and keeping the series alive. The series is in good hands with Ace and I look forward to reading the next one!
At first I thought it might have been a book that RBP had started before his untimely death. I found it at the library and although Mr. Atkins tried to sound like Spenser, it didn't quite jibe for me. There were things that I don't think RBP's Spenser would say. I probably would not read another. RBP's Spenser went with RBP.
I read the new book by Ace Atkins,who was picked by Parker's family. It was amazing. He brought a new freshness to the charectors,especially Hawk! I urge you to give it a read,you won't be disappointed