Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
Aspiration, greed, and twisted dreams all focus on the old Wonderland dog track where the famous amusement park once fronted the ocean. For Spenser and Z, this simple favor to Henry will become the fight of their lives.
©2013 Ace Atkins (P)2013 Random House Audio
This is Spenser. This is Parker - well not quite but close enough.
Joe Mantegna has been the voice of Spenser; he is Spenser.
Bo! I wanted to parse it out so it would last.
Where is Hawk?
Briefly, 1. Chapters too long
2. Swearing unnecessary and not a part of Susan and rarely of Spencer
3. Sequential chapters too often continue the flow of the same action, same arc
4. Book felt like the author was paid by the word
5. Dialogue very Parker-like
6. The descriptive asides appear to distract from the action, too long, sometimes too oblique
7. Plot twists often oblique enough to fatigue and disconnect the reader
Nothing was lost in this continuing character driven story. If anything, funnier than originals. Worth the purchase.
I read all series books, when I find a character I love I can't stand not to know what happens to them next.
I have really liked all the Spencer novels and I think Ace Atkins has really done a good job filling in some big shoes.
I am from Chicago. Enjoy reading listening to audio books such as Robert. B. Parker, Ian Douglas, Taylor Anderson, Jac Cambel an social work
great, fantastic and enjoyable.
From the beginning to end I could not stop listening to the story. Ace Atskins did a great job with spenser by bringing his humor and tough character alive. The tradition continue without Robert B. Parker.
Joe does an exelent job with Spenser. He makes spenser live with his voice and does a great job bringing all the other character alive.
Everytime I read a Spenser novel I laugh. I listen to the story 3 times and do not get tire hearing it. Not only I laugh but Spenser makes me think.
This is a must read. If you love the spenser TV show you must read all his spenser novels.
I have all of Parker's 'Spencer' audiobooks and especially treasure the ones read by Joe Mantegna. Ace Atkins did a pretty good job of writing Spencer dialog. I missed having Hawk in the book, like I do any time he is "unavailable" for the plot.
Yes, It is funny and entertaining throughout.
It is like listening to a Spenser novel written by Robert Parker...very entertaining.
Joe is Spenser and I regard him as the best voice of Spenser ever.
I was laughing throughout.
Ace Atkins embodies the heart and soul of the lead characters.
Only if the friend had read the whole series. If not, I'd tell to start at the beginning.
Suspenseful and unexpected.
I like his pacing and timing.
Yes, it could be a movie. Joe Mantegna could be Spenser. Or Tom select although he plays Jesse Stone, another Parker character.
I like Henry and Z. I have never liked Susan. The Susan and Spenser scenes are my least favorite. I like Spenser's attitude as sense of humor. The investigation kept me interested. Nice addition to the series.
Atkins has the style and the fever to continue the Spenser series. While Mantegna is an outstanding actor playing Spenser, bring back Prichard as the reader. Michael Prichard could make the reading of a phone book exciting. Great job overall. If you liked Parker's Spenser then the new version by Atkins will not disappoint you.
"A very good clone"
Joe Mantagna is a wonderful narrator for Spenser. Atkins channels Parker flawlessly, yet is the story just a little too predictable? Definitely one for fans though.
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