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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins
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Jun 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, favorites
Read from June 11 to 13, 2012

Ten-year old Mattie sees her mother dragged away by thugs, and her body is found later that evening, and a family friend is put away for her murder. Mattie's mother was about to enter rehab for a drug habit when she was killed. Four years later, Mattie, now fourteen years old, hires Spenser to free the family friend from prison and find the true killers, whom she believes are the thugs she saw earlier. Spenser investigates amid the drugs and gangs of Southie, a downtrodden area of Boston, and finds some old nemeses and new toughs involved in the killing.

The dialogue of this Spenser chapter was not as snappy as the originals written by Robert B. Parker, and Mattie does not come across as a fourteen-year old, but as a contemporary of Spenser because of the things she says. Hawk is a bit more sophisticated than in the past, and his lines are more frequent than before. The story is quite good, but I was disappointed that at the key moment that the assortment of toughs and thugs Spenser has cultivated over the years didn't appear to take down the bad guys. I was very glad to see Hawk in this book as he has been absent in the recent past. I am more than grateful that Ace Atkins is keeping the Spenser character alive and kicking - you can't keep a good PI down! Keep it coming.

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