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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maipenrai
Nov 15, 2018

I have been reading Parker's Spenser books for 45 years. Since Mr. Parker has left this earth, Ace Atkins has been attempting to capture the voice of the irreverent Spenser. The only thing that has kept me going is that I have listened to Joe Mantegna read the books and he is Spenser to me. The mysteries, however, are not as good and Spenser is not as clever as they / he used to be. I may have to say "uncle" after all these years. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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rich_kronberg
Sep 19, 2018

The estate of Robert Parker did well by getting Ace Atkins to continue the Spenser series. By the time Parker wrote the last of his Spenser books he was pretty much "dialing it in," and his final batch of books did not even come close to being as good as his first dozen or so. I began reading the Spenser series back in the 1980s or 1990s when there were only a few of them. I have read them all, and the Atkins written ones are much better than the last few Parker books. They are tighter, better written and remind me much more of the original Spenser books I enjoyed reading so much. This most recent effort by Atkins is not quite up to the level of his first few Spenser books, but it is still better than the last bunch by Parker. Any Spenser fans who have not yet done so owe it to themselves to read Atkins "Quinn Colson" Ranger books as well. They are about the best "redneck noir" you can find..

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gacquire
Jun 11, 2018

Poor editing, too much sarcasm without the usual Spenser humor, no Hawk again, and a lack of Spenser's usual moral compass lead to a disappointing installment in the series.

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bansidthe
Jun 05, 2018

First half was typical Spenser. Last half became far too convoluted by far

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mpot
Jun 01, 2018

I love Spenser! This is a good story; Ace needs to watch that he doesn't make Spenser too soft or wordy, though.

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USAF1969
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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LuvReadingStuff
May 18, 2018

I love that Ace Atkins has carried on Robert B. Parker's character Boston PI Spenser. There is not a lot of action in this story but it is always interesting to see how Spenser gets the job done. I look forward to reading Ace's new book The Sinners coming out in July.

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