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by Ace Atkins

  • Author: Ace Atkins
  • ISBN: 1410466655
  • ISBN13: 978-1410466655
  • ePub: 1135 kb | FB2: 1675 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (May 7, 2014)
  • Pages: 417
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 967
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Robert B. Parkers Cheap Shot (A Spenser Novel) ePub download

Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot shows why was a perfect choice to continue the Spenser novels .

Robert B. A stupendous addition to the series. Atkins is bringing his own energy and strengths to Parker's series. Cheap Shot is Spenser, by the book. Cheap Shot concerns itself with the kidnapping of a superstar linebacker, Kinjo Heywood's, son and the tangled web of red herrings and underworld creeps that Spenser uncovers. Parker's Cheap Shot book. The worst Ace Atkins' "Parker" novel for sure. for all the negative reasons. write the story, not sure where it will go or who "dunnit" until you get there. it kept going, and going, and going. I think Atkins might have been paid per character as he kept introducing new and returning The worst Ace Atkins' "Parker" novel for sure.

THE SPENSER NOVELS Silent Night (with Helen Brann) Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland (by Ace Atkins) Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby (by Ace Atkins) Sixkill Painted Ladies. Robert b parkers cheap . .Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot, . part of Spenser Mystery Series.

Cheap Shot – Another Brilliant Spenser NovelAce Atkins has once again entered the realm as the writer who has taken Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels and with Cheap Shot written a book that is comparable to anything Parker wrote

Cheap Shot – Another Brilliant Spenser NovelAce Atkins has once again entered the realm as the writer who has taken Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels and with Cheap Shot written a book that is comparable to anything Parker wrote. I would go as far as to say you cannot tell this is another author writing Atkins has picked up where Parker left Spenser and the hardnosed Boston PI continues unabashed.

Spenser-his first name is never officially revealed-is a fictional character in a series of detective novels initially by the American mystery writer Robert B. Parker and later by Ace Atkins. He is also featured in a television series (Spenser: For Hire) and a series of TV movies based on the novels. Spenser was born and grew up in Laramie, Wyoming and is a Boston private eye in the mold of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, a smart-mouthed tough guy with a heart of gold.

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 who's 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. Heywood's troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. Parker’s Lullaby (by Ace Atkins) Sixkill Painted Ladies The Professional Rough Weather Now & Then Hundred-Dollar Baby School Days Cold Service Bad Business Back Story Widow’s Walk Potshot Hugger Mugger Hush Money Sudden Mischief Small Vices Chance Thin Air Walking Shadow Paper Doll Double Deuce Pastime Stardu. Parker's Cheap Shot. 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. Atkins’s gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, the the delight of Spenser devotees Robert B. 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.

Evaluation: I listened to the audio version of the book, read by the famous and very competent actor Joe Mantegna.

Nevertheless, this story just didn’t grab me. It wasn’t very suspenseful, and the supporting characters were one dimensional and wooden: Heywood’s first wife was too beautiful and responsible; the second wife was too much of a drunk and a floozy; and the kidnapped boy was too perfect. Evaluation: I listened to the audio version of the book, read by the famous and very competent actor Joe Mantegna.

Investigating the perpetrators of violent off-field incidents who compromised the public image of a star linebacker before kidnapping his young son, Spenser assembles a team of associates to comb through the underworld of Boston while the athlete weighs a controversial decision. (mystery & detective). Simultaneous.
Robert B Parker books not written by Robert B Parker are usually a disappointing a read for me as they lose his take on the main character. Their personalities are definitely not the same with the new authors. In addition, the main characters sense of humor is forced or not there. Not a genuine feel at all. Now I have read Ace Atkins novels and they are a good read. The problem is this. It is hard to mimic Robert B Parker or any author if you are not them. And true fans will be able to pick up on the subtle and sometimes not too subtle differences. I have not had the opportunity to read any of Reed Farrel Coleman or Micheal Brandon personal novels so I cannot comment on their products.
As a longtime Parker fan, I was dubious about his family's decision to allow other writers to attempt to keep alive his franchise characters. It seemed likely to me that the legacy would end up tarnished. I was pleasantly surprised in Atkins' prior efforts to continue the Spenser trope. I thought he had achieved the most important aspect of recreating the rhythm and pacing of dialogue among Spenser and the various other familiar characters. On the other hand, I thought the story telling didn't quite measure up, and in this most recent effort, I found the story development to be muddled, and, at times, nearly incoherent. I gave the effort a reluctant three stars because the repartee had several entertaining moments. Many other reviewers have noted that in the last few offerings from Mr Parker, the overall quality had seemed to have deteriorated from his earlier, brilliant efforts, and I agree with that assessment. However, I was so deeply appreciative of his overall body of work, that I was willing to overlook the lack of depth of story line and plot development in favor of simply taking pleasure in revisiting the engaging dialogue of which I had become so fond. Regarding Mr Atkins' efforts at keeping alive the franchise, he does not enjoy the lifetime reader goodwill Mr Parker had earned. Future efforts will have to be much better executed for me to continue as a reader.
Earlier I reviewed Ace Atkins' Spenser novel 'Wonderland'. In that review, I said that I couldn't yet judge whether Atkins could sustain my interest in the Spenser series without the talents of Robert Parker. The latest Atkins book, "Cheap Shot" is not a good omen.

Among other things, I was worried that Parker's wicked wit and timely, carefully aimed barbs were missing. Atkins has made a good correction is this department. The characters were once again witty when required, witty when unexpected, and witty because it was an integral part of their character.

"Cheap Shot" falls apart at the end of the story. The plot often meanders, and at the end doesn't involve one character who has been a mainstay throughout the first and middle parts of the story. The plot just fell apart at the end.

If the next book doesn't pull the characters and plot together, my interest in Spenser will evaporate.
If you are a long-time reader of the Spenser series you are going to love your visit with Atkins' Spenser in "Cheap Shot". Atkins has so thoroughly subsumed himself into Parker's style and characterizations that very often I would forget this was not Robert B. Parker himself doing the writing. There are literary cameo appearances by old school Spenser friends and enemies as well as the patented Spenser humor. Spenser has had a long run and Atkins' pays homage to that legacy with lines like ". . . blue jeans so tight they could've been applied by Earl Schieb." The brilliance of this line (and many more like it) is that this is something Parker would've written and Spenser would've said, given the character's background and experiences.

Cheap Shot concerns itself with the kidnapping of a superstar linebacker, Kinjo Heywood's, son and the tangled web of red herrings and underworld creeps that Spenser uncovers. Boston the city, itself, is a character of the novel and Parker would be happy to find that Atkins has thoroughly researched and frequented the places mentioned. Atkins understands the world of the athlete having, himself, played football at Auburn University.

This is one of the better Spenser's in many years. If you love Spenser then you are in for a treat. Spenser is alive and well under the hands of Ace Atkins. -- W. L. Ripley
This is the third Ace Atkins Spenser; and it may be the best one. Atkins does a great job of mimicking Parker’s style and pacing, but adds some depth and subtle to the story. With Parker, it was never really a who-dunnit. It was more about how Spenser would react and what he would do. There would be a conflict among the goals Spenser had and he would use his code to resolve it. Atkins maintains that, to a degree, but also adds more of a mystery (red herrings and unexpected twists). I hope that Atkins keeps the Spenser code in focus. It is essential to what makes Spenser, Spenser. Spenser isn’t just some wisecracking detective. He is the embodiment of an autonomous moral code.

I especially like how Atkins writes Hawk and Z. There seems to me to be a little more texture here with these characters. This is especially the case with Z, since he was under developed when Parker passed. In general, Atkins is aware of and committed to the Spenser Universe. He references older cases and characters in very natural ways. These may just be shout-outs to the fandom, or they might be signals of future developments (e.g. Rachel Wallace).

At times, however, Atkins does seem to overdo or over use Spenser’s sarcasm. Some of the Pearl the Wonder Dog comments feel forced. But these are minor quibbles. Atkins has been the perfect writer to continue the Spenser-verse and I hope he stays on.
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