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Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser) Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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Praise for Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic
“Atkins perfectly catches Spenser’s breezy voice and Parker’s knack for creating vivid characters.”—Seattle Times
“Atkins . . . again captures all the qualities Spenser fans love in the series: smart-ass humor, a touch of romance, plenty of violence, and, of course, Spenser’s complex sense of honor. Atkins adds his own touch in the form of complex plots with genuine mysteries at their center.”—Booklist
Praise for Ace Atkins and the Spenser Series
“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. In addition to the signature dialogue, all the familiars are fully resurrected: Susan, the sexy shrink; Pearl, the wonder dog; Hawk, the wonder sidekick; good cop Quirk, and, of course, Spenser himself, that consummate knight errant for the twenty-first century.”—Kirkus Reviews
“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
“Atkins does a wonderful job with the characters created by Parker.”—Booklist
“Classic Spenser—the Spenser of wry wit, tasty food and drinks, hard workouts and lethal confrontations...Once again, Atkins has delivered a thriller that evokes the best of Parker’s Spenser series, not least the punchy back-and-forth of the dialogue.”—Associated Press
“Atkins has done a splendid job of capturing the voice of the late Robert B. Parker.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring police chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson novels, two of which were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In addition, he is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
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The plot of Old Black Magic is a little wordy (unlike Parker), but that's not my 3-star problem with it. One reviewer put it perfectly: "Lazy, like the editing."
Atkins or G.P. Putnam needs to get some competent proofreaders and/or copy editors. From paragraphs where a character refuses to shake Spenser's hand, but then rises to shake it two sentences later; to missing articles like "a" or "the"; to continuity errors ... all of these combined to take me out of what I usually strongly enjoy about Spenser and a book I can usually finish in one sitting.
I will be as loyal to Spenser as he is to Susan, Pearl, and his own unique code of morality ... but please step up your attention to detail, author and publisher, or you finally might just lose another fan.
Although the premise here may seem a bit prissy at first, where Spenser is hired to try to recover an extremely valuable painting stolen from a Boston art gallery. It doesn't stay that way long, because the immense value of the painting gets the attention of some pretty nasty dudes, including old nemesis Jackie DeMarco. Also along for the ride are other favorite characters in the series - Henry Cimola, the owner of the health club Spenser works out in, his girlfriend Susan Silverman, Vinnie Morris, the fastest and deadliest gun in Boston who is once again enlisted to help out, and of course cops Martin Quirk and Frank Belson, long time friends of Spenser's.
Like all Spenser books, the action is fast and intriguing. But what is missing is Hawk. I don't know what Atkins' thinking here is. Perhaps he wanted to have a book with Spenser flying basically solo. But many readers are commenting on the lack of Hawk in the last couple installments, and that's pretty considerable, as Hawk is the most popular and best support character in the series. I miss his always extremely chic and dapper appearance, which disguises the fact he is deadly as a cobra in your bed when the need arises. His interplay with Spenser is worth the price alone, and has been absent for too long.
Otherwise "Old Black Magic" is a worthy installment for all "Spencer" fans. Spenser is aging well, and of course Pearl III, the wonder dog is around for her obligatory role as companion, and impeccable timing for interfering with Spenser's and Susan's romantic interludes by plopping herself down squarely between them on the sofa.
So Ace, if you are reading this, I love your books, all of them, and can't wait for the new Colson novel. But bring Hawk back from South America. We really miss this guy.
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Spenser is fantastic in his aging years. This was a fun Read, an interesting story.Read more