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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Spenser)

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby (Spenser) [Kindle Edition]

Ace Atkins
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"Handpicked by the Parker estate to be the keeper of the flame for the Spenser franchise, award-winning author Ace Atkins...rises flawlessly to the occasion."--"Kirkus Reviews "

""Lullaby "is pure Spenser...pitch-perfect."--""

"Wisecrack-filled dialogue and...[a] vivid sense of place. Atkins a book that hits all the usual Spenser notes.""--Chicago Sun-Times"

"Atkins captures Parker's distinctive voice, the sardonic, self-deprecating, sharply observant first-person narration that makes the Spenser books so compelling, and so much fun...And best of all, it has Spenser...Lucky for us, he's not done yet."--"Tampa Bay Times "

"Even the most fanatical Parker fans would be hard pressed to identify any aspect of this Spenser novel that doesn't read as if it were penned by Spenser's late creator.""--Publishers Weekly "

"A brisk read.""--Boston Daily "

"Atkins has brought back everything we love about Robert B. Parker's Boston P.I. Spenser...[He] takes the reins of the Spenser series with self-assured ease...He also proves he's the right man for the job."--"Mystery People "

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When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not convinced by her claim that the wrong man was convicted. Mattie is street-smart, wise beyond her years, and now left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hits Spenser where he lives.

As Spenser becomes more involved, he thinks that Mattie may be onto something after all. And he’s going to need the help of his friend Hawk to find peace for Mattie—a job that’s more dangerous than he ever thought.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072O02EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"A copy of the document was to be issued as law in every province, being published for all people, that they should be ready for that day. The couriers went out, hastened by the king's command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel." -- Esther 3:14-15 (NKJV)

I don't recall reading a first novel in a mystery series continuation that is as carefully done and as faithfully executed as Lullaby. Mr. Ace Atkins is obviously a big fan and understands the foundations and appurtenances of the Spenser saga. I was impressed and intend to start reading Mr. Atkins' earlier works.

In the past, many people have complained when Robert B. Parker wrote a story about Spenser that focused on some aspects of the character and the sage . . . while omitting or downplaying other aspects. No one can have that complaint about Lullaby. The elements that I most like about the series were all on display to about an average amount reflective of all the past novels. That's a tight straitjacket to wear, and I hope that the future stories will take a few liberties to favor some elements over others.

The story is also interesting in that the plot employs some role reversals. For example, Spenser has mentored two young men in the past. This time he is asked to work for a teenage girl who wants to be in charge. I found it refreshing to think about how Spenser might react in such a situation.

For those who worry if Susan and Hawk are missing, there's plenty of both in their usual roles in this story.

I always found Robert B. Parker's dialogue to be stunningly beautifully written. There wasn't a spare syllable.

While Mr. Atkins is an excellent dialogue writer in capturing Spenser, his prose isn't as spare and as sharp as Parker's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back.... 28 Sep 2012
Earlier this year I read Killing the Blue's, Michael Brandman's attempt to continue Robert B Parker's Jesse Stone series. To say that I was severely disappointed with the result is something of an understatement (See my review: Some days are Diamond, Some days are Stone).

As you might imagine, I ordered this book with no small amount of trepidation.

It goes without saying that novelists are generally on a hiding to nothing when it comes to picking up a deceased author's baton. Often you have to question their motives for doing so. Usually it comes down to two reasons. The first is financial. The second is for the sake of The Art. What matters as far as the reader is concerned, of course, is whether it works. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't . Bob Parker even tried it himself by completing Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novel Poodle Springs, followed not long after by his own take on the Marlowe series, a sequel to the Big Sleep entitled Perchance to Dream.

Reviews, as they say, were mixed...

So, how does Atkins get on?

It's clear from the start that Atkins is steeped in Spenser lore. Unlike Brandman, he makes no attempt to re-invent the character. Maybe Brandman didn't set out to - if you'll forgive the pun - re-brand Jesse Stone but, inadvertently or not, that's how it looked.

To his credit, Atkins sticks to the formula. His Spenser is very much the Spenser of the previous novels and the plot could very well have been one of Parker's own. Familiar characters thread their way through the pages. Hawk, Susan, Marty Quirk, Belson and Vinnie Morris and even, God bless her, Pearl the wonder dog.

The one liners and wise cracks are there too and do not seem out of place - Mr Brandman, please note.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spenser Played Safe 7 Nov 2012
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There used to be a time when an author passed away that meant their storytelling was over. However, in the modern publishing world anything goes, be that a new Peter Rabbit book, or a continuation of Sherlock Holmes. The important thing is to treat the source material kindly and in the case of Robert B Parker's Spenser, you will have to appeal to a bunch of super fans. Ace Atkins has taken on this task with `Lullaby,' a direct continuation of Spenser's adventures. This time the PI is aiming to help a 14 year old discover who really killed her mother.

Although Parker did not write this book, Atkins was able to capture his voice well. There are plenty of quips and the violence is solid and believable. Unfortunately for me, Atkins also captured some of the slow pacing and repetitive storytelling that hounded Parker's later work. `Lullaby' at times threatened to send me to sleep. Whilst the first half is pretty pacy, the second gets bogged down in a lot of characters that slightly confused me. Things did not really pick up until an action packed finale that almost made it worth it.

`Lullaby' is not a bad book, but just a little flat. It almost sticks too closely to the tropes that made Spenser so popular. I prefer the later books that moved the character away from his comfort zone e.g. `Hugger Mugger'. Atkins is a worthy successor to the franchise and I feel that Spenser is in a true fan's hands, I just hope that he is not frightened of the legacy and at some point soon stamps his own style onto the character and world of Spenser.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars LULLABY BY ACE ATKINS
I liked this except for Spenser whistling, Hawk too. They didnt whistle not in the true sense of the word
Published 1 month ago by Seeley
4.0 out of 5 stars Parker's characters, replacement writer.
Pretty good - an entertaining read regardless of comparisons with Parker. I rapidly forgot it wasn't Parker's work. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Serin6
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Spenser
Authentic Robert B Parker from author, Ace Atkins – who is now continuing the Spenser series we all love. Great!
Published 5 months ago by Raymond McCullough
5.0 out of 5 stars lullaby
I loved this book. I have most of the spenser series and found this to be as good as the others
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love Spenser so this was just another great book to read with a gripping page turning plot that you can't put down
Published 16 months ago by Katie Walding
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert B Parker Lullaby
Having been a fan of Parker's Spencer novels for over 25 years I have very much hoped that someone might have the wit and wisdom to pick up the mantle following RBP' s death. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Canon Bryan Barrodale
5.0 out of 5 stars It's really great
Haven't read any of these two authors' books before so in no position to compare with earlier Spenser books. However, I loved the characters, the dialogue and the plot. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kindle Junkie
3.0 out of 5 stars Pastiche
This is a pastiche, stopping short of parody, but incorporating (unintentionally) some of parody's effects. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Morphybum
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the master but an OK attempt
Ace Atkins has got the voice of Spenser and the other characters right but the plot was a little thin. Read more
Published 18 months ago by V K
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise, surprise!
I've read and liked Ace Atkins' novels, and I have probably read all of the Spenser novels, so this was a potential disaster waiting to happen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by David Jackson
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