The last Spenser novel completed by Robert B. Parker.On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability.
In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. He acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead woman come to light, it's Spenser--with Sixkill at his side--who must put things right.
©2011 Robert B. Parker (P)2011 Random House Audio
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So sad this is the last Parker novel and it looks like he was introducing a new character Z. SixKill a Native American from the Cree Nation. Enjoy his tongue-in-cheek dialog with people particularly Susan. The "he said, she said" I am getting use to in his novels. The past of the story is fast. Mantegna does great job with the narration.
If Mantegna narrated all the Spenser series, I'd buy them all. This was a good story and although I missed Hawk a little - Sixkill made up for it. I bought a few of the series read by others and they weren't just bad, they were terrible.It would be fun to have Mantegna narrate the others..I can't even begin to listen to Rudnicki.
All in all this was a great listen and I was sorry when it ended...Parker will be missed!
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Robert B. Parker was one of this country's most prolific authors, in league with Elmore Leonard. Like Leonard, he simply wanted to entertain us, and he succeeded almost every time out. Likewise, Michael Prichard was an amazingly prolific performer (and may still be). And Joe Mantegna is also an incredibly prolific and likable actor and narrator. Choosing between these two narrators is like trying to choose between the best apple pie and the best peach pie: very hard to do. In Sixkill, Parker again puts Spenser in his usual slot: a very tough guy on the outside with a very tender inside. The dialogue is, as always, witty and brief. You start chuckling right out of the gate. Mantegna seems to have a little more trouble with the repetitive "he said, she said" stuff than Prichard. I seem to notice that less when hearing Prichard. Mantegna, OTOH, is a face many of us know from movies and TV, and his voice is that of a friendly guy who might live next door to you, who happens to be one of the best storytellers anywhere. The plot of Sixkill is really just an excuse for Spenser to act, to play the tough guy when he wants to and the tender lover of Susan Silverman when he needs to. Not that the plot is trifling: it is clever and tugs at your heartstrings, in some ways. Sixkill is a huge Indian who once played great football, but then fell down a terrible slide. Spenser takes him on as a project, and between Spenser and the talk-about-tough-but-silent Hawk, they reclaim Sixkill in a way that is very humane and caring. Parker was a genius. Both Prichard and Mantegna make him sound wonderful. I have only tried to listen to one book narrated by David Dukes, and I hated it. Sit down with Parker and have a great time.
Yes. This is not the last Spencer Novel, but Robert B. Parker's last one.
I will miss Robert B. Parker's Spencer.
As always, Parker's mixture of humor, mystery and action was present.
Since this is Robert Parker's last book prior to his death, it is appropriate that it either contained, or at least mentioned, practically all of the characters that have been in and out of the Spenser series novels. I only wish Hawk would have been able to have played a more prominent role but he was
Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota
Title reference is that this is the last Spencer book RBParker wrote and it is the first for a new character Z. Sixkill. It is an indepth character study starting with a 2 dimensional sketch of a Northern Plains Cree who was gifted physically with a strong body and is introduced as a body guard to the Person of Interest, Tubby Bubba Johnson. That said many people believe Parker writes in 2 dimensions; unfortunate for them for they are missing the humor and depth of the characters presented. It is the very real Boston attitude, street but cultured, fast acting but ready and able to savor the finer things in life. Spencer is ready to see anyone first as a often humorous sketch and then as the book progresses into a multi faceted personality capable of self deprication, greed, egoism. But Spencer easily moves through the many Boston sub cultures, without being snagged by petty or even malevolent prejudice. Z. Sixkill becomes yet another sub culture lieutenant in Spencers circle of friends and allies. That brings us back to Last Of the Mohegans (intentional spelling variation) because our real hero, Robert B Parker moved on to the Happy Hunting Ground. The Good News is that there is a gentleman from Tennessee who has admired Parker throughout his 40 year career and has been given permission to attempt to WRITE ON !!!Hopefully close enough to Parkers voice, clipped arrogance, and the aforementioned Boston attitude, One of the best in the series although the tension doesnt ride as high, the character development is outstanding. With the added dimension of being the last, its savoring value is hightened.Author JCPease
The other ones that involve Spencer's mentoring a younger soul.
a number of them that take place in the Harvard Stadium
Last of the Mohicans
Joe Montegna offers a very good narrated adaptation, although it took me a book or two to GET his version of Parker's heavy, toungue in cheek sarcasm. A 5 star rating would have to include some true Bawston Tawnic.
I liked Parker's approach of alternating episodes from the title character's life with narrative chapters in the present, so we get a sense of him organically. Would have loved to see how he fit in with the rest of Spenser's
It's vintage Spenser, with an unusual set of villains.
The scene in which Spenser finally gets Jumbo to talk.
Though I have a hard time picturing Joe Mantegna as the presumably Irish/English Spenser, Mantegna reads the character with flair and makes Spenser's wise-assery come alive.
Parker, especially the Spencer series, is one of our favorite writers. You can depend on being entertained with an interesting story, excellent banter, humor, and continued strong familiar characters. Sixkill does not disappoint.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
This is the only Spencer story I have listened to . . .I don't think I was as excited about it as some of the others who wrote reviews . . .but, in all, it was an enjoyable story. The dialogue loses some of it's punch with all the "I said . . .she said" - which is too bad because the banter between characters is really the best part of the story. The Spencer character is very endearing - for me, mostly because of his cynical Beantown attitude, tempered by his hard-working, hard-edged sense of values. We KNOW where Spencer stands. His girlfriend, Susan exposes his vulnerable side and I like the way his conversations with her advance the story line as he "mulls over" the details of the crime. Although this was my first "Spencer listen" it won't be my last!
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