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Sixkill by Robert B. Parker
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May 09, 11

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Sixkill rules! I want to take a different tact with this, as I am huge fan of the author‘s work. Okay he passed away, this is his last work, yes, I am sad. But instead let’s celebrate this last work for the fun and frolic that it is. No Hawk, total bummer, but he seems to have had a plan with that, maybe the new author will take it to new heights, a new resurgence with a fresh approach and set of eyes on the characters. I have read every Spenser novel , yes every one, and have enjoyed each one immensely. What exactly is Sixkill about? Here is what is between the covers:
“On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. The situation doesn't look good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become their biggest liability.
In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young, former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. Sixkill acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor for Sixkill. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead girl come to light, it's Spenser-with Sixkill at his side-who must put things right.”
The thing about the novel I enjoyed most was the simplicity of it: the dialogue, the plotline, and characters. And yet it wasn’t boring, held my interest till the last page and left me wanting more, looking for that next installment in the series. I love the Spenser universe, and all it stands for. Even the “bad” guys Spenser counts as friends have his back and his best interests at heart. The novel is a quick read, I devoured it at one time, pages were turning like crazy, and in the back of my head, this little voice was telling me to slow down, this is the last one, savor it, chill and slow down, but I couldn’t, I didn’t care. I wanted to enjoy this one just as much as I had the others without that sadness, that remorse, tainting the read. My suggestion is to read this the right way for the right reasons, whether this is the first time you have read his work or you have them all like me. An excellent new addition to the Spenser universe has been born. Enjoy it for everything it is worth.
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