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Spenser Novels #42: Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shotby Ace Atkins
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Assured... Atkinss gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, the the delight of Spenser devotees.”
The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins.
Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots marquee players—a hard-nosed linebacker whos earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.
Heywoods troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywoods nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Bostons underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spensers protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spensers back and return the child to the football stars sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akiras future.
"In Atkins's assured third Spenser novel (after 2013's Robert B. Parker's Wonderland), New England Patriots linebacker Kinjo Heywood, who suspects he's being followed, hires PI Spenser to look into the perceived threats. Someone may be unhappy that Heywood, who was implicated in a shooting at a Manhattan nightclub, emerged from the investigation with only a weapons violation. The star's reputation as a dirty player also could be behind the harassment, with opposing teams potentially seeking to rattle him just as the season gets underway. When Heywood's seven-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, Spenser works frantically to bring Akira back safely, despite sometimes working at cross-purposes from the boy's father. Because the 'old Italian and Irish crews' that Spenser used to know are no more, he has to turn to new underworld sources for information. Atkins's gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, to the delight of Spenser devotees. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
and#147;True to his practice of exceeding his own standards with each new novel, Atkins gives Robert B. Parker's long-running series one of its best installments to dateand#8221; (Bookreporter.com) with the Spencer novel, Cheap Shot...
Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriotsand#8217; marquee playersand#151;a hard-nosed linebacker whoand#8217;s earned his standing as one of the toughest guys in the league. He may be worth millions but his connection to a nightclub shooting two years before is still putting a dangerous spin on his life, and his career.
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About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of fifteen books, including the forthcoming Quinn Colson novel The Forsaken. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written Robert. B. Parkers Lullaby and Robert B. Parkers Wonderland, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
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