Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Spenser #40)
Here we have the first Spenser novel done by Ace Atkins who was chosen to take over the series after RBP shuffled off this mortal coil. How did Atkins do? Pretty damn well. In fact, he outshines a lot of the later RBP books.
Spenser gets hired by a 14 year old girl named Mattie whose mother was killed when she was 10. Mattie saw her mother pushed into a car by a couple of local thugs, but since her mom was a barfly and drug addict and the cops ...more
This one is about Spenser the female friendly macho Private investigator who has his heart in the right place. This one is about a 14 year old girl whose mother has been killed 4 years earlier and is very sure that they locked up the wrong person for the deed. Spenser goes out of his way to humour the kid and finds out very soon that she is right and that the forces of evildoer are about to get really ...more
It's always a gamble for a publisher to have someone new take on the voice of a character so many have read and loved. I really enjoyed Ace Atkins' first book The Ranger last year and am eagerly awaiting the second. Atkins himself credits Par ...more
LULLABY reads l ...more
I have every book Mr. Parker wrote. I adored him. Much like Hemingway, his style was spare but never simple. He had wit and charm and panache. His characters were three dimensional and exploded off the page. His writing sparkled and sizzled.
This book is flat. I couldn't recognize the characters - they were strangers. If Spens ...more
He is my secret boyfriend.
So when Parker passed away I thought that was the end of our relationship. Then the Parker estate announced that another author, Ace Atkins, would be taking over the Spenser series.
Woohoo! I thought and promptly checked out an Atkins book to see if I would like his writing style.
Um. He does not write ...more
While the formula is similar, the characters aren't the same. It's hard to pin down, because sometimes he has mannerisms spot on, then they slip away in the next paragraph. Susan isn't Susan. She tries too hard, and in the wrong way, to bring out "feelings" from Matti. She doesn't help the plot along at all. If Parker had her play a part in a story, it's because there was a clear role for her to play. Hawk slips in and out of character. We have always known Hawk w ...more
Robert Parker’s Spenser is as close to a modern version of a knight errant in an Italianate romance of centuries back as can be imagined. He aids damsels in distress, slays dragons and believes in fighting for truth, justice, and the Arthurian Way. Only Spenser lives in modern Boston and in this story the damsel in distress is a streetwise fourteen-year-old girl named Mattie, the dragons are drug dealers and mobsters, and truth and justice have not been on speaking terms f ...more
Atkins got the voice right, not an easy ...more
Still, the genius of Robert Parker was w ...more
Tough, street-wise Mattie Sullivan hires Spenser to find her mother’s killer. Even though a man was convicted, Mattie doesn’t believe he’s the killer. Agreeing on a fee of doughnuts, literally, Spenser is intrigued enough to look into it. When the trail leads to old advisories, drugs, and the FBI, Spenser, with the help of Hawk, know they need to keep Mattie safe and to find the answers.
Atkins does a very good job of capturing ...more
I chose this book to vary my reading from a more dense historical novel to one easier to read. I don't really enjoy Parker's plots and Spenser character but he reminds me that dialogue can be fast, tight and that new, peripheral characters can be introduced by a few terse sentences. For example; "Contini looked at me like I was the ghost of Christmas Past...Contini was a small, skeletal man with very white, very bad skin. His suit had probably been purchas ...more
Nothing negative about Atkins' work, it's just he isn't Parker.
But Mr. A ...more
Found this book while looking for a break from SF space operas. Have read a few Spenser books in the past and recall enjoying a number of them. (Quick research: there are 40 of these books written by Robert B. Parker, who passed away in 2010.) I was intrigued by Lullaby because its by a new writer, Ace Atkins, who had an entry in the Edgar for best novels for 2013. Plus, it was short enough.
Overall, I liked the book. Though the plot is straightforward and the prose nearly like a Dr. Seuss book,...more
The plot is simple: A 14 year-old girl hires Spenser to bring her mother's killer(s) to justice. The fee: a dozen donuts of Spenser's choice. Spenser proceeds as per usual, asking questions of low- ...more
A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30.
While at the Tribune, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a ...more