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Sixkill | [Robert B. Parker]

Sixkill

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...
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-15-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-15-11

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "SixKill"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Karen sparta, NJ, United States 05-12-11
    Karen sparta, NJ, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Recommend !"

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    richard San Anselmo, CA, United States 03-16-12
    richard San Anselmo, CA, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2006

    63 y/o psychologist with two sons, living in SF Bay Area. I absolutely love all the feedback I've been getting for my reviews. It's very gratifying. Thanks to all of you.

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    "Parker: a marvelous old friend who makes you happy"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Hungary 06-27-11
    Bruce Hungary 06-27-11
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    "Perhaps his best Spenser ever"

    The title says it all. I still love Parker and Spenser. He will be greatly missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Huntsville, Alabama, USA 01-18-14
    Amazon Customer Huntsville, Alabama, USA 01-18-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 71 year old, Vietnam Vet. I read, write, run, and with my wife and partner, operate a small photography company.

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    "Joe Mantegna is Spenser"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to everyone. It was one of Parker's best and Joe Mantegna brought it to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sixkill?

    The dialog beween Spenser and Sixkill and Spenser and Susan are memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna – was your favorite?

    Mantegna is to Spenser what Tom Selleck is to Jessie Stone - Perfect


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are far too many moving and humorous moments to single out one, two, or even a hundred. Listen and see for yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    A great place to rediscover Robert B Parker and to discover Joe Mantegna.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Akihiro Kamoshita Japan 05-22-12
    Akihiro Kamoshita Japan 05-22-12 Member Since 2003

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    "A nice narrated story by Joe Mantegna"
    Would you listen to Sixkill again? Why?

    Yes. This is not the last Spencer Novel, but Robert B. Parker's last one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sixkill?


    Any additional comments?

    I will miss Robert B. Parker's Spencer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ALLEN Tulsa, OK, United States 03-26-12
    ALLEN Tulsa, OK, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.

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    "Parker Goes Out a Winner"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sixkill to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sixkill?

    As always, Parker's mixture of humor, mystery and action was present.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan United States 01-25-12
    jonathan United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2011

    Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota

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    "LAST OF THE MOHICANS"
    What made the experience of listening to Sixkill the most enjoyable?

    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


    What other book might you compare Sixkill to and why?

    The other ones that involve Spencer's mentoring a younger soul.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    a number of them that take place in the Harvard Stadium


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Last of the Mohicans


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nashville, TN USA 01-23-12
    Nashville, TN USA 01-23-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Spenser's Last Bow"
    What did you love best about Sixkill?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's vintage Spenser, with an unusual set of villains.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Spenser finally gets Jumbo to talk.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Callao girl 01-09-12
    Callao girl 01-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Typical Parker!"
    Would you listen to Sixkill again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spencer


    Which character ??? as performed by Joe Mantegna ??? was your favorite?

    Spencer


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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