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Silent Night (The Spenser Series) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide’s mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like him back on the street. But it’s not a simple case of intimidation – Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street Business serves threatens not just the boys’ safety and security, but their lives as well. Unfinished at the time of his death, Silent Night was completed by Parker’s longtime agent, whose decades-long association with Parker’s work gives her unique insight and perspective to his voice and storytelling style. Her contribution also speaks volumes about their enduring friendship.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843443481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843443483
  • ASIN: B00G8OBPLU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard for me to review this 18 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's the last 'proper' Spenser novel by Robert Parker, and even then it had to be completed by his agent. I like the Ace Atkins continuations that I've read so far, but they bring a different perspective to bear on the character (to me, it seems Atkins is writing Spenser from an earlier point in his career).

So I can't judge this as a novel on its own merits, not least because it's hard to tell where Parker leaves off and his agent steps in (that's probably good). It's a sentimental attachment to the writer and his creations, and my overall feeling is one of rather melancholic enjoyment, in that we'll never again have Parker's Spenser.

As a Spenser novel, it fits in nicely to the overall development of the character from the perhaps trying a bit too hard to impress us with his sophistication Spenser that started out all those years ago, to the older, settled, mature and assured in his place and himself Spenser of the last books.

It's not a startling change to any of the characters; no hidden secrets come to light or shocking revelations that persons in the universe of the novel are different to what we thought they were: everyone is themselves and events play out as you'd expect.

As a 'goodbye', it's a nice note to go out on. As a Spenser novel - if you like the character, you'll like this. If you prefer his other creations (and let me state upfront: I don't like either Sunny Randall or Jesse Stone), then you can give this one a miss and not be at much of a loss, but it's Spenser, at least give him a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S SPENSER'S VOICE! 31 Oct. 2013
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For those of us still missing the late Robert B. Parker and his iconic Spenser detective series here's a Christmas present. Helen Brann, Parker's longtime friend and agent has finished what was evidently his last manuscript. We understand it was to be billed as a Spenser holiday novel. Due to their long and close association Brann seems to have an unerring eye for how Parker would have wanted to complete the story. So, enjoy!

It's Christmas time in Boston and Spenser has visions of a holiday dinner in his head when he receives a surprise visitor - Slide, an 11-year-old ("going on thirty") street kid. The boy asks Spenser's help for Jackie Alvarez, Slide's mentor. Once homeless Slide found refuge at Street Business where Jackie is the director. This is an unlicensed shelter that takes in many like Slide and hopes to find jobs for them. Obviously, although the shelter receives support from Jackie's wealthy brother, it can be a hand-to-mouth operation. Now, Jackie is receiving threats and believes someone is trying to close down Street Business. Who can say no to a kid at Christmas? Certainly not Spenser.

He calls on his pal, Hawk, to get to the bottom of the threats and soon finds it's a deadlier situation than he had realized. A pitiless drug lord is at the bottom of it all and not only is the shelter at stake but lives as well.

Of course, Silent Night is read by the eminent Joe Mantegna who (to my knowledge) has read all of the Spenser series. He has become the voice of Spenser and a terrific one it is. He's an accomplished Tony-Award winning actor who now stars in the popular Tv series Criminal Minds. Once again he delivers a flawless narration.

- Gail Cooke
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parker lite is better than no Parker but ... 3 Jan. 2014
By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a valiant effort by Parker's agent to complete the novel on which the author was working when he died. It seems ungrateful to say that he isn't quite up to it.

Some of the dialogue catches the authentic voice, and for that much thanks. But the unconvincing climax feels hastily contrived and the coda which follows is much too long. Crucially for this reader, the attempt to develop Hawk's character is simply misguided. This is not the Hawk we have cherished through many earlier adventures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For completists only? 1 Dec. 2014
By CC Man
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An interesting contrast to the continuing Spenser series now written by Ace Atkins. Legendary author Robert B. Parker died in 2010 before finishing this Spenser novel and it was eventually completed by his long-time literary agent Helen Brann. I suspect little of the manuscript was actually finished when Parker died and the book is thin in all senses of the word (it's only 188 pages long). The plot starts well but seems to lack a strong middle where Spenser would normally flesh out the narrative with his investigations. Here, the bad guy is identified early and things quickly come to a head. Brann of course uses Spenser's wrong-side-of-the-law associate Hawk and the usual assortment of supporting players, such as state police officer Healy and hit man Vinnie Morris. That's part of my problem with the book - it's as if Brann simply piled in familiar elements from previous Spenser books and hoped for the best. Having said that some of the later Spenser books actually written by Parker himself did much the same thing. It's not a bad effort but it does suffer in comparison with the new Spenser books written from scratch by established author Ace Atkins, who was chosen by the Parker estate to continue the series. I feared the worst when that happened but Atkins is pretty much note perfect in his stories so far and deserves the acclaim that has come his way. Silent Night is certainly not terrible but I would suggest is for completists only.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and so it continues.......long may it be so
Having read all the previous books - some more than once. I know that it's not the story line but the people and interaction that matter . Read more
Published 15 days ago by B. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas gift for any time of year.
Helen Brann picks up RBP's pen and does it as much justice as Ace Atkins.
The plot is a little simplistic but it's bare bones Parker and Brann gets the tone and rhythm pitch... Read more
Published 2 months ago by k kirkman
5.0 out of 5 stars True spirit of the original
Superb. Parker's former agent expertly captures the true spirit of the original in this gripping follow-on.
Published 2 months ago by David J. Boggis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Never fails to entertain
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Lower
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night
It's been a while since I read a R. PARKER novel and I had forgotten what a good craftsman he is!He always has a good story line weaving his "Spencer "character in and out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love his books really enjoyed this
Published 3 months ago by joan hampson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to original spensers but as a holiday story it better than passed...
very lightweight compared to original spensers but as a holiday story it better than passed the time
Published 3 months ago by Country bookseller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always enjoyed Parker's "Spenser stories" and this is no exception.
Published 3 months ago by skippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always enjoyed
Published 3 months ago by Colin Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Typical Robert Parker - excellent read.
Published 3 months ago by C. Webster
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