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
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
Atkins is competent, but not spectacular, in his efforts to continue Spenser's legacy. Spenser is trying to solve a cold case of art theft as a favor to a dying detective. The case is quickly solved, but Hawk is missing and Susan is stuck way in the background. Recommended only to true Spencer fans.
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.
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
This is the 46th book from the Spenser series that was originally written by Robert B. Parker and has been taken over by Ace Atkins following Parker's death.
In this adventure Spenser is investigating a 20 year old art robbery from a museum. Hawk is out of the country so Vinnie helps out in the investigation. Not much Susan which is a good thing.
Lots of Spenser meeting with a wide variety of characters for a drink or food talking about what happened to the art. There was so much of this that it i ...more
I’ve been a Spenser fan for many years. I enjoy his quick witted sarcasm, his cooking, choices of music and drinks and his true loyal nature. He takes on cases that matter to him sometimes just for the fact that he doesn’t like to see an underdog taken advantage of. His personal relationship with the lady in his life, Susan has always been entertaining to me as he is fiercely loyal to her their dog Pearl, and seems satisfied with their close relationship, sans marriage. Susan and Pearl are menti ...more
Another winner from Atkins. I think this one may be the best. There is an actual mystery and Spenser has to follow the clues with Vinnie Morris at his side instead of Hawk. Would have liked Hawk to have made an appearance. Susan is kept in the background again which seems to be this author's prerogative instead of where Parker dedicated chapter after chapter to Susan and Spenser's undying love in his last few books.
Ace Atkins does a really good Robert Parker. He's a little more wordy, but he's just as funny. Also I appreciate that Ace has brought back Spenser's cooking skills. Back in the beginning of the series (waaaaay back) Spenser used to cook a lot, and he never used a recipe. Ace has done his Spenser research, and I appreciate that.