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  • Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

  • By: Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (creator)
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In the Spirit of the Original

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-22-15

Almost

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-15

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