Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players - a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.
Heywood’s troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywood’s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston’s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser’s protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser’s back and return the child to the football star’s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akira’s future.
©2014 Ace Atkins (P)2014 Random House Audio
Interesting, witty, nice
I really can't make a comparison because this is Ace's first attempt.
Any scene with Hawk.
I thought that after Robert B. Parker's death that was the end of Spenser. However, Ace Atkins has done a formidable job of carrying on the Spenser tradition. He has adequately gotten the nuances of Spenser's psyche and has accurately portrayed the supporting characters. I would suggest to continue with Joe Mantegna's narrating the series. He also gets the characters. I've listened to other narrators of the Spenser books and there is NO comparison to Joe M.
The story line seemed to be dragged out a bit. Not much of a reason for this as it turned out. I like these books most of the time but this one was a disappointment.
I probably will because I like the caracters but I will be hoping for a much more interesting story. I will look more closely at the reveiws.
I think he is one of the best at doing just that, differentiating. I like his pace and delivery. He lets you know who the carracters are without too much he said she said. It is always well done.
Diappointment as I said before. I was hoping for more. I thought about not finishing this book but I kept hoping it would get better! It was still better than listing to the radio.
I just want to get a better book next time.. I was talking to some people in a book store in Solvang the other day and we all agreed that it would be tough driving home or to work without the books on tape. Probably the best cure for road rage in the LA area!!!
This is the standard pusedo-Parker - maybe tries a little too hard to be brash and clever. But is an easy listen filled with familiar characters behaving in expected manner - filled about three lonely evenings after work.
Seemed pretty faithful to Parker's style, and I like the addition of Sixkill. Joe Mantegna does excellent work, and the removal of all the "he said"s makes it much more listenable.
Excellent character dialogue. I enjoy reading the book and listening with Audible. I love the narrator. Also, Ace Atkins does a great job. I love Spenser, Hawk, Susan and Z. It's an exciting story that keeps you guessing. Good work Ace!
Parker stories are always different. His characters are unique. Example Jesse Stone and Spenser. They are entirely different.
Another great Spenser novel. And Joe Montegna IS Spenser. I wish they could go back to the earlier books and get Montegna to re-narrate them, particularly those that Burt Reynolds did. Anyway, highly recommended for all Spensers many fans. A credit well spent!
I have either read or listened to all the Spenser books. Was very saddened at the loss of Robert B Parker. The story line in this book is classic Robert B Parker. Very good performance. Enjoyed it. Hope to listen to more.
Sure, if you are a Spenser fan, well, here is a Spenser book.
Mr Atkins has done Spenser ok, his sense of humor, his quirky and yet still aloof and cool style. Most of the other regular characters seem to be missing. I suppose this is a good thing though, here is why: Let's start with Susan. Mr Parker was brilliant as penning her, smart, fun, and interesting, unusual and a quick match for Spenser. Susan is her own person and their relationship is unique. Unfortunately, Mr Atkins lacks the same skill and nuance to write Susan. General females are written a bit trite and more often than not he only describes their physical appearance than who they are, their qualities and interesting quirks. Whats more interesting, or sad, is that he does this well in describing any male character introduced or described.
Lovely as always. One of my favorite narrators.
Female get voiced a bit too breathy and often sound like hair heads.
Always, cant say good by to Spenser, and never to Parker. I miss him very much.
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