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 twenty 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 five-million-dollar-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...
|Title||:||Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic Reviews
Another enjoyable Spenser book by Ace Atkins. He catches the voice and modernized it enough that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between his and Robert B. Parker. I look forward to these books every year and it is the one time I am a Boston fan.
I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.
I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like books by Ace Atkins.
Spenser is asked to look into a famous unsolved art heist, but since it occurred twenty years ago the trail is very cold and the museum people he’d be working for are couple of overbearing snobs guaranteed to be a pain in the ass. The only reasons to take the case are a five million dollar reward for the return of one particular painting, and that Spenser h ...more
Can an acolyte outdo his master? Yes. Ace Atkins out-Parkers Robert B. Parker with this latest installment of the long-running Spenser series. Atkins, who was hired to continue the series after Parker’s death, has created a masterful mystery and one of the best Spenser books in memory. Bring this one to the beach.
I won't say I liked the plot in this book as well as others I've read, but my husband and I - both long-time fans of the Spenser series - agree that the Boston private eye's "voice" here is more true to that of original series author, the late Robert B. Parker. In 2011, Parker's estate chose Ace Atkins to carry on the legacy, and he's written - if my research is correct - six Spenser books prior to this one (all of which we've read and enjoyed).
Twenty years after an extremely valuable El Greco p ...more
Oh Spenser, how I've missed you! It's been at least 15 years since I've read a Spenser novel, not counting the rereads. I certainly understand why Ace Atkins was chosen by the Parker estate to take on this series. This book was everything I remember a Spenser novel being. Spenser still pisses off the cops, cooks up a storm, has Pearl and Susan! And hangs out at Henry's gym. The only thing missing was Hawk. This had a very Maltese Falcon feel to it, which was fun for me. I gave this 5 stars, beca ...more
So torn on this rating. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist as the story line was awesome. It’s one of my all time favorite museums in the world. The return of Spencer’s details regarding his love and knowledge of food and cooking that I have missed like an old friend is back. Bringing back GIno Fish’s boy toy, brilliant. You would think with all that this would have been 5 stars. It should have been. It’s hard to decide if it’s even worthy of 4 and not just 3.
Mr Atkins, I know you can’t b ...more
Ace Atkins may not be Robert B. Parker, but this is a good read. With Hawk’s absence, Vinnie Morris performs the role of Spenser’s backup. Atkins makes a good effort blending Spenser's humor into the narrative.
I have been reading Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” mystery series since the 1980’s when my English professor introduced the first book in the series “The Godwulf Manuscript” to me and invited me to write a paper comparing and contrasting Spenser with some classic character that I can no longer remember.
However, Spenser I never forgot. I grew to love him over the years and looked forward every spring to a new outing with my private investigator hero. There were good books and some less than good b ...more