Synopses & Reviews
Old friends. Small favors. Bitter rivals. Stirred together, it all makes for one explosive cocktail. Spenser can feel the heat stretching from Boston to Vegasand#151;and people are about to get burned.
Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beachand#151;with a push from local thugs. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, are on the trail of a mysterious woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and a shady plan to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. As alliances shift and twisted dreams surface, the Boston political machine looks to end Spenser's investigation one way or anotherand#151;and once and for all.
and#147;Atkinsand#133;has managed to nudge this venerable series in a new direction while staying true to its core, seemingly channeling its creator at every turn. Itand#8217;s a magnificent accomplishment that is not to be missed.and#8221; and#151;Bookreporter.com
When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not convinced by her claim that the wrong man was convicted. Mattie is street-smart, wise beyond her years, and now left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hits Spenser where he lives.
As Spenser becomes more involved, he thinks that Mattie may be onto something after all. And he’s going to need the help of his friend Hawk to find peace for Mattie—a job that’s more dangerous than he ever thought.
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.
When Heywoodand#8217;s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, and a winding trail through Bostonand#8217;s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenserand#8217;s protand#233;gand#233;, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenserand#8217;s back. Because Heywoodand#8217;s next unpredictable move puts everyone in jeopardy as the clock winds down on Akiraand#8217;s future.and#160;
About the Author
Robert B. Parker
was the New York Times
bestselling author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring 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 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. Parkerand#8217;s Wonderland and Robert B. Parkerand#8217;s Lullaby, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.and#160;