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Publisher's Summary

Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions. 

The heist was legendary, still talked about 20 years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most valuable piece stolen, Gentlemen in Black by a Spanish master, arrives at the desk of a Boston journalist, the museum finds hope and enlists Spenser's help.  

Soon the cold art case thrusts Spenser into the shady world of black market art dealers, aged Mafia bosses, and old vendettas. A $5 million reward by the museum's top benefactor, an aged, unlikable Boston socialite, sets Spenser and pals Vinnie Morris and Hawk onto a trail of hidden secrets, jailhouse confessions, and decades-old murders.  

Set against the high-society art scene and the low-life back alleys of Boston, this is classic Spenser doing what he does best.

©2018 Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Good story, as usual!

Ace did a solid job and Mantegna was like having your Uncle read you a story at bedtime.

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Mixed Emotions

Most of this book brings back memories of the Spenser we all love. Unfortunatly the contrived pseudo O'henry ending made it all fall flat.simon


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another winner

love the spenser series. this is more of a detective novel. montegna is fantastic reader.

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  • MJ
  • 05-19-18

Disappointment

Not up to the standard of what Robert B. Parker would have written. So many characters, hard to keep them all straight. Weak plot and very predictable. I have liked the previous books but not this one.

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Ace does a good job this time!

A good story done in Parker's style. Only complaint is no Hawk this time around.

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Ace Atkins continues to impress!!!

Loved the book and characters. Missed Hawk but Vinny made up for the absence. Joe Mantegna IS Spenser!!

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Ace Atkins continues . . .

To massage the Spenser series in a way that I like. More modern and in the moment with some interesting plots. I do wish sixkill would come back to Boston or get his own series.

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  • goldmoonstorm
  • 07-09-18

Not sure about this one..

So far ace atkins has done full justice to Parker’s hero but I feel this one doesn’t have enough whip or spark . Not enough is going on action wise to keep you gripped . I listened to it and was in no hurry to get back to it when I had to stop. Not a good sign. Liked it but not one of his best efforts.

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  • Mr. J. R. Semple
  • 05-11-18

Fantastic!

Heresy - But Ace Atkins dialogue matches Parker And plotting actually surpasses. Fantastically entertaining . Popular Literature doesn't get any better than this.I didn't think anyone could do justice to Robert B Parker's legacy.I was never happier to be proved wrong.Keep them coming!Please!