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Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies

(Spenser #45)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,081 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con man's trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of the iconic crime series. After conning everyone from the cable news shows to the local cops, it looks like the grifter's latest double cross may be his last.

Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.

I usually spend some time in my reviews of the new Spenser books from Ace Atkins talking about how well he’s done with the tricky job of taking over the series from the late Robert B. Parker. I’m not going to do that anymore because at this point this is entirely Atkins’ series, and Spenser is as good as he’s ever been.

Connie Kelley was swindled out of several hundred thousand dollars by her boyfriend, M. Brooks Welle
James Thane
Spenser, Robert B. Parker's iconic Boston P.I., appears here for the forty-fifth time, now in the very capable hands of Ace Atkins who has revived the series and made it fresh again.

As the book opens, Spenser's Significant Other, the therapist Susan Silverman, refers one of her clients, Connie Kelly, to Spenser. Kelly has fallen hard for a guy named M. Brooks Welles who claims to be a former high-ranking secret agent for the U. S. government. Welles has impressed not only Kelly, but
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Another underwhelming story that features Mr. Parker's characters in name only. Unimaginative, unlikeable and no more stories by Mr. Atkins for me. 0 of 10 stars
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atkins-ace, spenser
I received a copy of this to review from the publisher through NetGalley.

LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins follows Spenser as he takes on a case from a patient of his girlfriend and psychiatrist Susan Silverman named Connie Kelly, who comes into his office after having been taken for almost three hundred thousand dollars by her older boyfriend named M. Brooks Welles who has disappeared. Spenser is hired to locate him and see that the money is returned if at all possible, and almost imm
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Pearl and I were off to Central Square . Her long brown ears blew in the wind as we drove along Memorial Drive against the Charles. Rowers rowed, joggers jogged, and bench sitters sat. It was midSeptember and air had turned crisp. The leaves had already started to turn red and gold, shining in Technicolor upon the still water.
I debated about what quotation I'd open with -- I went with this Parker-esque (and Atkins-esque) description(/>Pearl/>This
Jeff Dickison
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike a lot of reviewers, I thought Atkins did his best job yet of evoking the original spirit of Spenser. A woman is victimized by a flim-flam man and Spenser tries to get her money back. Of course, there is much more than that involved, but Spenser gets to the bottom of it. Recommended.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, hello Spenser....It's been a while...
How you doin'?

He's doing well. Probably missed me as much as I missed him. ;)

Once again Spenser takes a case, is fired, but finds himself too deep into it and too honourable to just walk away and let the bad guys win.

He's awesome that way.

Sneed Hearn
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I suppose I should envy those who can read this slop and think it was well done. It wasn't. In actual fact, Spenser joins Parker with this and is now dead as well. Atkins was obviously writing for a contract, wanted to get done and just strung enough words together to get to the end. The real Spenser is gone. This one is an arrogant blowhard who loves to bloviate, whether or not what he's babbling about has anything to do with the topic at hand. The Parker Spenser is likable and perceptive; this ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
After 45 books, I still love this series and look forward to my springtime visit with Spenser and crew. When Parker passed away, I was resigned to that being the end of Spenser. I'm glad his family decided to keep the series going and Atkins was an excellent choice. He's a very good writer and he gets the nuances of this series down pat. In this one, Spenser is hired by one of Susan's patients to track down the con man who cheated her out of a LOT of money. Lots of backstabbing by various people ...more
Wayland Smith
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a lot, which means I also talk books a lot. I aim for 100 per year, and I've made it every year since the late 90's. Of all those books, the Spenser series remains my favorite, so very narrowly edging out The Dresden Files. Ace Atkins took over when creator Robert B. Parker died. Gotta give Parker credit, he died at his writing desk, which any author would admire.

In this installment, Spenser is hired off a recommendation from his long time love Susan Silverman. Her patient Connie Kelly has been swin
Hank Hoeft
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing I can say about Little White Lies that I haven't already said about Ace Atkins' other Spenser novels. I am a fan of all of Robert B. Parker's various mystery series, chronicling the adventures of Spenser, Jesse Stone, and Sunny Randall. After Parker's death in 2010, Parker's estate commissioned various mystery writers to continue all three series. I've tried each of the post-Parker series, and in my estimation, the only one that sounds like Parker himself, is Ace Atkins' work. In fac ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parker
Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies (Audio CD) by Ace Atkins.

This story was a let down after my last Ace Atkins Spencer story.
The theme of this story is Spencer's hunt for a con man. So many people have been swindle out of their life savings that go unnoticed until finally Connie Kelly informs Spencer of her loss. Spencer digs deep but this con man, Welles, has a long list of victims that goes even deeper. Hawk is with Spencer all the way and their camaraderie enhanced the story at
Donna Lewis
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a while to get through this book. Yes, the characters are there, but the spark is missing. Atkins does a pretty good job carrying on the Spenser banner, but this one, for me, was a little underwhelming. I like reading about Boston, but the plot was forgettable. However, in tribute to Parker, I will soldier on to the next book, looking to recapture the original flavor.
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, actually. The author has done a commendable job taking over the late, great Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, IMHO. Most of what I've missed is the snappy banter between Spenser and his faithful sidekick Hawk (and to some extent, between Spenser and his main squeeze, Dr. Susan Silverman). That, and the occasional interjections of humor, seem better here. When Spenser visits a service in a Georgia mega-church and listens to the music from a rock band and a gospel choir, for instance, he quip ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(2.5 stars) I really liked the last Spenser book ("Kickback"). This one, however, was a disappointment. It seemed really forced/padded, and too many of Spenser's 'clever' retorts, WAY too many were forced and some simply made no sense at all in response to what was said. The book dragged on and just did not hold my interest -- actually flipped through pages, like the basketball game. And the cooking -- his cooking is getting a bit tiresome. Such a gourmet cook, really? It's getting excessive. I ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have over a dozen Robert B. Parker books, yet this is the first one in his series that I've read. I have read Ace Atkins books before that he has written not as Robert B. Parker. I loved the Ace Atkins books and yes, I loved the Robert B. Parker book. I can tell there is a different style of writing.

I really like this Spenser character. What a smarta$$ he is. I like that, reminds me of myself. In this particular book, his client has met a man online and she has given him $360,000. Now that ma
Freda Witt
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spencer's girlfriend, Susan, convinces him to take on the case of one of her patients, a woman who has been swindled out of a large amount of money. Spencer agrees, and meets with the woman. He learns that the man involved is not who he said he was. He digs in to try to find out who he is, and finds out that he is involved in a gun running scheme. He is joined by Hawk to try to find the source. The man is found and talks the client into seeing him again, and she leaves with him. Later, she is fo ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Feb 2019 book on tape. I thoroughly enjoy the story as read by Joe Mantegna. This is my current "go to" book on tape for car travel in town: the voices of Joe Mantegna as company in Los Angeles traffic. I recommend this Atkins story, especially if you miss Parker.

January 2018 I liked this take on Spenser more than some of the other post Parker stories. Atkins has been more true to the Parker style of Spenser's speech patterns If you liked Parker, I think you'll enjoy this story.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
If there was a way to assign 2 1/2 points, then I'd assign them. Some of the banter between Spenser and Hawk is good to hear, the banter between Spenser and Susan is no longer quite so irritating, and Spenser's exchanges with the chief bad guy start well but are hampered by the villain's implausible and cardboard nature. The main attraction is the place in which the book takes place: Spenser's Boston brings back pleasant memories of stronger books in the series.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Getting used to Atkins. Good stories.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2017-read
What makes the Spenser books successful is not the mystery, it's the loyalty. Spenser evokes loyalty in his friends and he has a very rigid code of ethics. It usually doesn't matter that his client wants him to back down or back off. When he sees injustice, he wants to stop it. In this case it is Susan Silverman who puts Spenser in the crosshairs by recommending Spenser to one of her patients. The patient has been swindled out of quite a lot of money and she would like it back. The swindler has ...more
Kevin Vrieze
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
All in all Ace Atkins does a nice job with this installment of the Spenser series. It may, however, be the worst edited Spenser story yet. For the Spenser to say he will deliver a bottle of good bourbon "forthright" rather than "forthwith". Does an injustice to the character. For Hawk to say he ain't "gone" do something, rather than "goin'" does injustice to him. For a reference to be made to a cars "headlines" shining on the snow, rather than "headlights", does the author injustice and takes aw ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites. I have enjoyed the Spenser series and have been looking forward to this. Something seems to be missing. The plot line is about a client Spenser takes on that has been swindled out of a hunk of money by a sweet-talking con man, and his quest to find out who he really is and get her money back. The client was referred by his psychiatrist girlfriend, Susan who also had this woman as a client. So we have a con man, illegal gun trafficking, a few car chases and bodies here an ...more
Frances Beene
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Big Change and Not for the Better

I have liked previous Spencer books and those by Ace Adams but this Spencer is not the same. The writing seemed forced to promote politically correct attitudes and outlooks not previously attributed to Spencer. The book had a definite slant against Christianity. I will not be reading any more by Adams.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Ace Atkins has, for the most part, has captured the tone & tenor of Robert B. Parker's Spenser & most of the side characters...Atkins, though has work to get Hawk right...a patient of Susan has been conned out of $250,000 & ends up murdered in Georgia & Spenser is on the trail...decent Summer read!
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atkins has really revived this series and at this point Spenser is as good as he's ever been.

Spenser takes on one of Susan's clients who was swindled of $260K. The path to get the money back runs through guns and Christian soldiers. Spenser gets the job done with help from Hawk as usual.

Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only made it through the first 5 chapters. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into it.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest installment in the Ace Atkins continuation of the Robert B. Parker Spenser series finds Spenser taking on a case from one of Susan Silverman's patients.

Connie Kelly fell for a stunningly adept con man and lost 300,000 dollars to him after he disappears on her. Now she wants Spenser to find him.

It doesn't take long for this to happen but what Spenser finds is that nothing the man says is true. This revelation leads from the streets of Boston to the sticks of Geo
Barbara Nutting
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Please, no more pseudo Spenser. Atkins writes in somewhat the same style as Parker did, but it doesn’t sound natural coming from him. The plot was stupid and the whole book just felt forced.
First of all, let me start by saying that I have read all of the books in the Spenser series, including both authors – the late, great Robert B. Parker, and Ace Atkins, following him. I understand that some readers like Atkins version of Spenser and some don’t. In my personal opinion, I think that Atkins has consistently been able to capture the true “spirit” of Spenser, Susan, Hawk, the city of Boston, and in this particular book, the colorful security man, Tedy, from Atlanta.

In thi
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Ace Atkins is the author of eight novels, including his latest, Infamous, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

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.

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