Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic

Large Print - 2018
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
"The next installment of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series by Ace Atkins"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432850715
1432850717
Call Number: PARKER
Characteristics: 411 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm.
large print (16 pt.)
Subjects: Spenser -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Fiction.
Art thefts -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction).
Additional Contributors: Parker, Robert B. 1932-2010.
Alternative Title: Old black magic

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May 22, 2018

Ace Atkins has done a very credible job of continuing Robert B. Parker's series starring Spencer - probably about as good as anyone could. OLD BLACK MAGIC continues in that tradition. The story line is engaging and I like the idea of Spencer having to deal the 'upper-class' as he tries to figure out who stole an important painting 20 years earlier. His earthy repartee as he deals with humorless, snooty people is fun to read, as is his usual repartee with his common folk friends and those in the 'underworld.' My only worry for Spencer (and Atkins) has to do with who might be the audience for Spencer these days. I suspect it may be long time readers of Parker's books which he wrote before his death, and thus of an 'age' where the audience is dwindling somewhat quickly. For example, he has a lot witty comments in this book that require some context to understand - Laurel & Hardy and Jonathan Winters for examples of comedians, and of course some of Spencer's music interests, Coltrane being an example. In this book, if you don't have that context you will simply blow by some of his best lines and miss out on some great literary fun. All that said, I will keep reading Spencer stories as long as Atkins keeps writing them. Enjoy.

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