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 enjoyed the book. Aktins did almost a good job with the story and people as Robert B. Parker did. And no one wrote a better mystery than Parker that tells you the book is worth reading.
We continue to enjoy Atkins’ extensions to the famous 39-book Parker set of Spenser tales, this being the 7th. While Spenser may not be as quick with witticisms as in the past, the diminished role of his monogamous adoration of gal pal Susan is more than an even trade!
In “Magic”, Spenser is hired to find a famous painting stolen some 20 years ago from a museum, partially as a favor to a dying investigator friend. Hawk is away in South America, so Spenser recruits to a degree an old “connected” g ...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.
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Wow. The Forty-Sixth Spenser novel. Atkins' seventh, too -- it's hard to believe. I can still remember some of these as clearly as if I read them yesterday -- I'm a little vague on some of them, I have to admit (sorry Bad Business and Painted Ladies), but by and large, this is one of those series that's defined me as a reader. This is one of those that in years to come that I'm going to remember pretty clearly, too, I'm glad to report.
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.
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
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
I liked Robert Parker. I like Ace Atkins. I liked this book, with a couple of (minor) caveats. Deductions for getting too heavily into Spencer's gourmet cooking habits (imitation not always the sincerest form of flattery) and one-armed push-ups. Bonus point: Fabian mention. Overall, this was a fun read.