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In the latest thriller featuring the legendary Boston PI, Spenser and his young protégé Mattie Sullivan take on billionaire money manager running a network of underaged girls for his rich and powerful clients. 

Ten years ago, Spenser helped a teenage girl named Mattie Sullivan find her mother's killer and take down an infamous Southie crime boss. Now Mattie - a college student with a side job working for the tough but tender private eye - dreams of being an investigator herself. Her first big case involves a 15-year-old girl assaulted by a much older man at one of Boston's most prestigious private clubs. The girl, Chloe Turner, only wants the safe return of her laptop and backpack. But like her mentor and boss, Mattie has a knack for asking the right questions of the wrong people. 

Soon Spenser and Mattie find ties between the exploitation of dozens of other girls from working class families to an eccentric billionaire and his sadistic henchwoman with a mansion on Commonwealth Avenue. The mystery man's wealth, power and connections extend well beyond Massachusetts - maybe even beyond the United States. Spenser and trusted ally Hawk must again watch out for Mattie as she unravels a massive sex-trafficking ring that will take them from Boston to Boca Raton to the Bahamas, crossing paths with local toughs, a highly-trained security company, and an old enemy of Spenser's - the Gray Man - for a final epic showdown. 

©2020 Ace Atkins (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Ripped from the headlines!

Not a stretch to say this plot line follows the Epstein debacle closely . The Epstein, Ghislaine parallels cannot be overlooked, and are at times tedious. However, it is such a joy to have Spenser back in Boston after California's Angel Eyes. Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Pearl, Henry, Mattie, Rita; old friends brought back to such vibrant, vintage Parker life. The plot may be formulaic, but this is vintage Spenser and Hawk...love it!

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Skip this one even if you’re a Spenser fan

Not even Joe Mantegna’s excellent performance can save this latest effort by Ace Atkins to carry forward the adventures of Robert B. Parker’s elegant detective. It’s a poorly (and one supposes, hastily) contrived ripped-from-the-headlines plot involving a renamed but barely disguised Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. The dialog has no signal, the violence carries no moral weight, and a surprise twist only serves to take the air out of what should have been the climatic fight scene.

This is a rare clunker from Atkins.

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Best Ever

Couldn't stop listening. Enjoyed all the word play. Can't wait for the next book.

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this one was a bummer

I don't understand the concept bring hammering the aging of the characters. It's not a winning strategy. it makes me feel "old" for being interested in the series. there's no reason the characters can't exist outside of "time".

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Spenser takes on Jeffrey Epstein

This was my first Spenser written by an author other than Robert B Parker and it works. Ace Atkins captured the familiar characters well.

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Weak story

Overall the story subject was decent, love the narrator, but the story was prolonged and the ending was weak.

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I love Spencer hate this book. You can watch on Netflix’s the movie. Why why why would you write the same story and make it your own? This is so wrong.

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I LOVE MADDIE SULLIVAN.

best Spenser since Ace took over the character. I absolutely love Maddie Sullivan. I so glad they brought her back. Even though it's quite reminiscent of the Jeffrey Epstein story.

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Love Spenser

So grateful for the chance to continue to hear Spenser stories. Classic characters and one of the best “good guys”.