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Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn (Spenser) Paperback – May 2, 2017
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Praise for Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn
“Scene-by-scene, line-by-line pleasures are authentic.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Atkins tosses in a surprising change to his lead’s status quo, and series fans will be eager to see what he does with it in Spenser’s next outing.”—Publishers Weekly
“A 5-alarm thriller...Atkins deftly recreates the Spenser character and his Boston milieu.”—Associated Press
“Sizzling...Slow Burn rises to a blazing finish and leaves Spenser with some major decisions to make. Can’t wait to find out how it goes.”—Tampa Bay Times
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, the first two of which—The Ranger and The Lost Ones—were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story, “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”). 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 this time around dealing with a team of serial arsonists who are wannabe firefighters and set fires in a misguided plan to help the Boston FD get more resources from the city. Naturally, this plan doesn't go well and people get killed. Spenser's involvement in the investigation seems a bit of a reach but if you just go with it the story evolves in a satisfying way. Atkins books are a bit longer than Parker's but stick to the same punchy prose and short chapters moving things along briskly. A little more Hawk and a little less Susan would have helped but that's a minor complaint. While I wouldn't rank "Slow Burn" as one his best Mr. Atkins continues to breathe life into Spenser and his world and we should all be grateful.
Robert Parker had the writing gift of being able to convey the conditions, thoughts and moods of his characters and settings using minimal "verbiage" as the early writers of pulp fiction did. This was a main reason his books were so popular, and have withstood the test of time. Today, Parker's style of writing is unique in that no one, to my knowledge, has yet to duplicate it.
This author is a good one but this story is just not a Spenser story. Robert Parker's Spenser is an intelligent, morally strong, "Robin Hood" type character who talks little but when he does talk says a great deal, in a few words. The Spenser in this novel is a talkative "smart mouth" who seems pretty shallow compared to the original. I don't plan to read another of this author's books.
The PROS: This book was great. He developed the characters into something more mature, of which he is the creator. Therefore it sounded like his own work (like he created the characters). There was one Spencer joke at the beginning which sounded like he was trying to imitate Parker. But the book was great, couldn't put it down. Also I appreciate that it wasn't too dark, like in KICKBACK, which was so sad and depressing at the end, that I gave the book away. The one thing missing was that sometimes PARKER used to just wax prose, I don't remember where, but sometimes he would just start musing on the meaning of life, or the meaning of a summer day, or something like that. Thanks ACE.