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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Spenser) Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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“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.”
“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.”
“A brisk read. Atkins gets the important things right, from Spenser’s dark sarcasm to the gritty attitude of Mattie Sullivan, a 14-year-old Southie girl trying to solve her mother’s murder.”
"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.
“It’s all there: The crisp, rhythmic sentences. The ironic banter. The distinctly Spenserian attitude toward life that Atkins adopted as his own. And yet, those who have read both Parker and Atkins closely may also detect a muted, indefinable quality that’s pure Atkins. And that’s a very good thing…. Parker lives. Spenser is back.”
—Bruce DeSilva, Edgar Award Winning author of Cliff Walk
“It's the real deal. Atkins captures Parker's distinctive voice, the sardonic, self-deprecating, sharply observant first-person narration that makes the Spenser books so compelling, and so much fun.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“In Lullaby, Ace Atkins has brought back everything we love about Robert B. Parker’s Boston P.I. Spenser, and he makes it look seamless and easy…. Atkins takes the reins of the Spenser series with self-assured ease. He also proves he’s the right man for the job.”
About the Author
Ace Atkins is the author of eleven novels, including the true-crime based White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil’s Garden, and Infamous. He is also the author of the Quinn Colson series, which includes The Ranger and the forthcoming The Lost Ones. Bestselling author Michael Connelly has called Atkins “one of the best crime writers working today.” He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's what Hawk had to say about Spenser's protracted absence:
"You disappeared on me this winter," Hawk said, and sipped the champagne. "Me and you workin' out at Henry's was the first time I seen your white a** in a long time. Thought maybe you takin' it easy. Hangin' it up."
"Nope," I said.
"What else is there to do?" Hawk said.
"Glad you're back." Hawk nodded.
ROBERT B. PARKER'S LULLABY is steeped in Spenser's history, much of which I feel Parker forgot as time went on. Along with knowledge of that history, Atkins shows a fan's awareness that there was only one Robert B. Parker. Rather than try to parrot his voice, Atkins simply yet poignantly pays homage.
The book feels like a book. There is less white space, normal font, and 300 plus pages. Right away I started reading. My eyes couldn't move along fast enough. I'm not sure what I should say about the plot insofar as specifics. Would I deprive the next reader of the wondrous discoveries that Ace Atkins has so deftly presented within his multi-layered plot? Zebulon Sixkill, from the last book named after him, was off to deal with family issues. This was a great decision. I understand that Atkins promises that Z will return in the next Spenser book he has already in process. I wanted to see old friends, Hawk, Susan. Vinnie, Quirk, Belson etc. The more recent books that Parker had written, IMHO, relied more on newer characters like Chollo, Bobby Horse, Tedy Sapp and then Z. I will say that Rita Fiore is prominent here. So are Spesner's trademark idiosyncracies: his taste in food, physically intimate hijinks with Susan, doughnuts galore and his affection for the Sawx.
This felt like dinner with an old friend of long standing, as comfortable as an old shoe or paint stained sweatshirt with lots of character.Read more ›
Spenser is hired by a fourteen year old girl wise beyond her years to prove that the man in prison for killing her mother is innocent. The investigation takes Spenser and Hawk on a ride that brings back his strained relationship with kingpin Joe Broz, thought to be dead, and face to face with Broz's son. Also an Irish sociopath with big plans and a crooked FBI section chief enter the mix. The bullets fly as old friendships are tested and it's up to Spenser to make tings right for a little girl forced to grow up too quickly.
Hawk, Martin Quirk, Frank Belson, Rita Fiore, Vinnie Morris, Joe and Gerry Broz, Former FBI SAC Epstein, Henry Cimoli and Pearl the Wonder Dog all make appearances.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's kind of fraudulent for Adkins to continue to use the Parker name on these books. The first one was OK, but the next two have no resemblance to the fun Parker writing style. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Pat
No one can ever fill the void left by Parker. Atkins has come close. Lullaby was a fun fast read, like all Spenser books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by love to read
Spenser fans will be pleased. The new Spenser is good enough to make me buy the next book in the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Johnston
Not Parker.A little to forced,and cutesy at times.Still there was some of the old Spencer rhythm.Hopefully he'll get into it as time goes on.Published 1 month ago by kevin
Mattie Sullivan, a kid from a Southie project, come to Spenser looking to hire him to find out the truth behind her mother's murder. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.C.D.
Was worried about the book not being "really" Spenser. But Mr. Atkins came through like a champ.Published 2 months ago by Dierdre Dunne Landucci
Parker had developed an iconic cast of characters in Spenser, Susan and Hawk, and so I opened this book with considerable trepidation, knowing how difficult it would be for another... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sailor