The Lego Architect yGet out of our livelihood by being politely asked One day all the push ups wind sprints and sparring wouldn t save us At this point in my life I d been doing this for manyears than I had notBoth Ruger and the new Pearl in different ways make much of this book a meditation on mortality Spenser s in particular while Hawk insists he A Grammar of Kham youthens This is something that Atkins has really highlighted in various ways since he took the helm but not to this extentI don t have time or that much desire to re read it so I couldn t say this definitively but I don t think Ruger s second appearance brought with it this level of angst and apprehension on the part of Spenser much less Hawk or Susan But Atkins hits the notes that he should The Grey Man about killed Spenser reduced him to a shadow of the man we knew before and he should make Spenser reflexive confidence or not fearful As he should be Because that s the kind of guy that Ruger is smart people are afraid of him Smart people who ve barely survived going up against him should really be afraid of himSO WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME I loved it I always enjoy being back in this world Getting to see another part of Hawk s life than we ve ever seen before just makes it betterI do wonder a little about what this novel says about Ceremony the most problematic Spenser novel still a good read don t get me wrong but come on I think Spenser s actions and attitudes in this are defensible without casting doubt about what he did in Ceremony And maybe it could be argued that Spenser s attitudes changed after seeing what happened to April Kyle I don t think it d be convincing but maybeou could do thatThis gives the long time fan plenty of stuff to think about if they want to There s a decent amount for a new reader to chew on too But than anything it s a solid Spenser novel written by the man who s been keeping the legend alive for almost a decade with hopefully many L Amour Fou de Dieu years to come I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalleySpenser tries to bring down a rich pedophile who has been protected forears by his wealth and influence This guy also has a partner in a woman who helps him lure the girls in and they are often taken to a private island where other powerful men come to partyThat s just such a disturbing and creepy premise that I m glad this is a work of fiction and that nothing like that could happen in real lifeIn the first Spenser book that Ace Atkins wrote the detective helped a fourteen De brevitate vitae year old girl named Mattie find her mother s killer Now Mattie is old enough to legally drink and she s been working for Spenser and training as a junior PI It s Mattie who is asked by aoung girl from her neighborhood for help after she had an icky encounter with a rich pervert at an exclusive club It soon becomes apparent that there s some very twisted and rotten stuff going on and that the guy behind it all Spenser is one of my all time favorite book characters and one of very few who translated well to the small screen IMHO When this author took over from the late Robert B Parker I was skeptical but he s done an exemplary job of staying true to the original My only complaint if ou will is that I ve seen little of Spenser s cohort Hawk another favorite character and when he did appear he didn t uite sound like himself Well folks Hawk s back in this one both in person and voice Spenser is his usual self although he did seem inclined to respond in uotes from literary works than usualSeveral ears ago Spenser helped teenager Mattie Sullivan since then she s attached herself to Spenser to learn the investigation business Now one of her childhood friends left a backpack containing a laptop at a posh club when she ran out after being coerced into giving an elderly gentleman a massage Mattie promised to get it back and asks Spenser for advice on making that happen When he goes to the club to ask for the return of the backpack he gets a decidedly frosty response that convinces him there s far to the story than meets the private eyeOn the home front Spenser s long time love Susan is trying to adapt to the third iteration of Pearl their lovable dog the second Pearl died recently Spenser swears the two recent dogs are the original Pearl reincarnated but Susan isn t uite ready to buy into that theory She also doesn
T Uite Buy Into uite buy into need for Spenser to get involved with Mattie s caseAfter a bit investigation Spenser and Mattie learn that The Club Is Freuented By A Billionaire club is freuented by a billionaire has properties and important contacts all over the world and an apparent taste for girls not Un monstre dans les céréales yet old enough to drive a car The guy turns out to be a hedge fund manager with at least one getaway outside US jurisdiction where he treats his friends to illicit meetups with smuggled in girls some recruited by his female accomplice Needless to say that rankles Spenser who asks Hawk to help him get the girls out safely and put the Jeffrey Epstein wannabe behind bars But soon enough Spenser learns it may not be a walk in the park the couple they re after are in cahoots with the so called Gray Man a hired assassin who nearly killed Spenser not long ago and Spenser isn t exactly itching for a rematchAll in all it s another fast paced easy to read adventure that should satisfy most Spenser enthusiasts For sure I m happy and I thank the publisher via NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy Ace Atkins does a great job with the Spenser series and here he does a do over of the Jeff Epstein episode and ifou still don t get it he names one of his cops Epstein Spense and Hawk take down a rich millionaire and his procurer with a penchant for sex with children Has a nice surprise ending Recommended As I mentioned the other day after Robert B Parker died I tried one of the Spenser novels by Ace Atkins and gave up The voice just didn t hit me right I d always been a fan of Spenser enjoying his witty sometimes snarky comments It s been a few Nam years and I finally picked up Robert B Parker s Someone to Watch Over Me Spenser and Hawk are right in this book I wonder though how long the series will continue Both of them are aware that they re aging Of course they ve been aging for untoldears Anyone who followed the series knows when Parker started the books Spenser was a veteran of the Korean WarIn Robert B Parker s Lullaby Mattie Sullivan was a fourteen Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination year old who asked Spenser to look into her mother s murder Now Mattie is twenty two She s working as Spenser s part time assistant and apprentice She wants to be a private investigator She brings him her own case Chloe Turner a fifteenear old left her backpack and laptop at Blackstone a private club She can t get it back It turns out Chloe has been promised 500 for giving an old man a massageThere s a history in Boston Chloe was recruited by a high school senior Debbie Delgado is recruiting girls fifteen sixteen the Lippenbekenntnisse younger the better to massage and do for powerful rich men Poppy Palmer a forty threeear old originally from England is behind the recruitment along with Peter Steiner head of an investment firm Mattie finds a few other girls who have been recruited including some that have flown to Steiner s private island in the Bahamas There are no rules on Steiner s islandIt doesn t take long before Mattie and Spenser attract the attention of Steiner s private security thugs Spenser and Hawk can handle that As they investigate and talk with friends in law Enforcement They Discover Steiner Has Wiggled Loose Of Any Charges they discover Steiner has wiggled loose of any charges witnesses stop talking It might take some intervention from Spenser and Hawk to stop Steiner and Poppy Palmer But one of Spenser s old enemies might be standing in the wayLet s face it The procurers of underage girls in this book bear a striking resemblance to the stories told of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell While I enjoyed some of the book the ending just didn t work for me although the voice has gotten betterI think it s about time Spenser and Hawk are allowed to enjoy retirement I think that dead authors should be allowed to rest in peace and their series should rest in peace with themNote Just wanted to add that my favorite paragraph in the book occurred when Spenser suggested they could go to Hank Phillippi Ryan investigative reporter for Ch 7 in Boston for assistance. Me along Commonwealth Avenue The man owns properties and businesses throughout Massachusetts with connections to local politicians the state house and beyond As a bleak winter bears down on Boston Spenser and trusted ally Hawk must again watch out for Mattie as she unravels a massive sex trafficking ring that will take them from Boston to the Bahamas crossing paths with local toughs and an old enemy of Spenser's the Gray Man for a final epic showdow. Nd devoured as a standalone even if the reader has never read a Spenser novel in the past Atkins seamlessly provides all the necessary backstory Thanks to NetGalley and GP Putnam s Sons for providing an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review This is the last of the Spenser books No it isn t an end to the series but it is the end of my reading of the new ones After forty eight Chasing McCree Chasing McCree years three authors and forty nine books it is time to say goodbye to Spenser Hawk Susan and all the rest of the gangWhen Robert Parker died suddenly tenears ago his estate s decision to continue the series whether for art honor or money with Ace Atkins at the helm didn t seem like a terrible idea Ace Atkins is an excellent writerHowever whether under the pen of Parker or Atkins the Spenser novels take place in the same real time setting A Cool PI story very Epstein ish Since I can t remember the last time I read a story by Robert Parker reading this version even though it s number 48 in a series was a brand new experienceI have to say I was not intimidated in the least to be reading book 48 in the series I had hoped that it would be a standalone to a degree and in fact it pretty much was While I m sure the majority of the characters were in prior novels I did not feel lost in the leastThe author completely brought me into the story immediately with his funny snarky and dry wit that the main character Spenser displayed Plus I love the fact that this was told in the first person which made it personal and extremely engagingThe author tells us a story that is extremely familiar because it comes from recently fresh headlines With some literary license and a few twists Impossible Things you realize that this is a story that needs to be told and something we need to be reminded of every day in hopes we can find a way to make it stopSomeone to Watch Over Me is a true to life story that is easy to follow with a delicate balance of personality mystery and action for a deeply involved experienceEngrossing and exciting with a fabulously unexpected twist at the end we are transported into the land of the ultra rich where money buys protection and just about anything else well except Spenser This story was the perfect choice to dive back into this series So glad I found it again copy received for review considerationfull review It s always risky to jump into a long running series for the first time But with a little checking on the characters backstories I was able to enjoy Someone to Watch Over Me by Ace Atkins the legacy author for Robert B Parker and his Spenser series I don t have the issue of comparing the new author from the series creatorMost people checking into this book know the characters far better than I do so I ll simply say I found Spenser Hawk Susan and the others enjoyable characters Lots of humor mixed in with some serious matters This installment centers around a Jeffrey Epstein like character Peter Steiner and Poppy the woman who assists him are thoroughly despicable people Spenser s pursuit of theoung girls being abused take him from Boston to South Florida to an island in the Bahamas Lots of good action in this fast paced book Will look out for the next one in the seriesRated 35 stars 12 rounded up This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader It was early evening and early summer and my bay window was cracked open above Berkeley Street I had a half eaten turkey sub on my desk and the sports page from The Globe splayed out underneath Dan Shaughnessy proclaimed Mookie Betts to be overrated I m sure many said the same thing about me But I was pretty sure being overrated was better than being underrated A mistake few made twiceI contemplated Mookie s situation as I heard a knock on the anteroom doorAnd just like that I m back in one of my favorite fictional universes and it felt so great Among the many many things wrong with 2020 and I want to stress that this is far down the list was that there was no new Spenser novel Thankfully Atkins and his publisher have addressed that problem here in the early days of 2021 by bringing us the 48th entry in this fantastic seriesIT ALL STARTS WITH A FAVOR Mattie Sullivan who s been doing some work for Spenser lately tried to do a favor for someone from her neighborhood and now needs Spenser to help her It s a pretty simple task but the story behind it is troubling It doesn t go much better for Spenser than it went for Mattie but once he Starts To Ask Uestions He to ask uestions he up pulling the proverbial thread that unravels a sweater And by sweater I m referring to an international sex trafficking ring catering to the wealthy and powerful who like to prey on the oungYeah basically Atkins is going for a ripped from the headlines Jeffrey Epstein kind of storyMATTIE SULLIVAN One of my few complaints with the Spenser novels by Atkins is that he hasn t used Mattie Sullivan since his first one Lullaby There ve been a reference or two but that s it But I got the impression that like two but that s it But I got the impression that like Sixkill or Paul Giacomin Mattie d be around But it never materialized That s fine I get where especially as Atkins was establishing himself that there d be some resistance to bringing in a oung girl as a regular it d be tantamount to introducing Cousin Oliver But she s here and we re to believe she s been a presence in his life and he in hers More importantly she needs a little help from her mentor She s on the verge of starting a career and the way this works out will have a lot to say about her next stepsBOSTON HOMICIDE CAPTAIN LORRAIN GLASS The Captain has been antagonistic toward Spenser since she showed up a few books back a little than uirk was in the early books in the series Sure she ll let Belson do his thing and will eventually listen to what Spenser has to sayAnd that hasn t changed Howeveryears ago she tried to stop the same man She worked with two victims but the charges went away after someone probably multiple someones that he had leverage over had exerted their influence Glass hasn t gotten over it If Spenser s truly trying to bring him down she s inShe doesn t give a lot of help but she gives some and given what little Spenser has to work with it s something This doesn t mean things are going to be chummy between Glass and Spenser any time soon But it s still nice to seePEARL AGAIN NATURALLY On the backside we found two cars parked outside One was the Mercedes I d seen drop off Debbie Delgado The other was a light blue Rolls Royce Phantom Pearl and I noted the license tag on the Rolls Or at least I hoped she did She was still a detective in trainingSusan and Spenser s second Pearl has died This time Spenser replaced her with a puppy German Shorthaired Pointer I think I mentioned when Lupica s first Sunny Randall had her do the same thing I find the practice of replacing one dog with another of the same breed and using the same name odd than odd but let s stick with that Susan seems to balk at the practice this time which is odd She seemingly had no problem with it for their second Pearl but now she puts her foot downThis does however provide Atkins with the opportunity to get Spenser to explain himself I m not sure that it helps But at least he triedStill Puppy Pearl is cute so I ll shut up about itRUGER REALLY I feel bad bringing this up but it s right there in the Publisher s description so I guess it s fair game But Atkins brings back The Gray Man I was stunned almost as stunned as Spenser Hawk and Susan were because I haven t read a blurb for this series since Atkins first installment and it had been probably decades before thatI think it s a risky move to bring someone like this back You don t want to use someone like Ruger too often Once was probably enough any than that and Wachten op Apollo you risk humanizing the character making him seem less threatening mortal defeatable I thought that when Parker did brought him back and I think that now Parker pulled it off Atkins did it better I love it when something so risky pays offMOMENTO MORI The three plane rides hadn t been kind to me I could feel every old break bruise and irregularity in my body It had been eightears since I d first met Mattie Now she was a grown successful person And I was still doing what do none the wiser not finding a better line of work Maybe someday I d retire to a place like this Few. Working for the iconic private eye dreams of being an investigator herself When Mattie's childhood friend from the South Boston housing projects Chloe Turner is found dead she decides to take on the case for the family Taking a cue from her boss Mattie has a knack for asking the right uestions of the wrong peopleSoon Spenser and Mattie find ties between Turner and dozens of other girls from poor families to an eccentric billionaire with a massive ho. Ace Atkins is back with his ninth Spenser novel following the untimely death of Robert B Parker the creator of the classic Boston based private investigator extraordinaire It s hard to believe that it s been over 10 ears since Parker passed away let alone this is Atkins ninth outing with Spenser Hawk Susan and introducing Pearl the third It s easy to see that Atkins has captured the uniue ualities and ide synchronies of these classical characters as well as the heart and moral codes that drive each of them This book is a glowing example of that success When the book begins Spenser is presented a case from his college student prot g Mattie Sullivan who works part time for him Years previously when she was a teenager Mattie sought Spenser s help in trying to find her mother s killer and he delivered by taking down the local crime lord responsible for her death in Atkins first Spenser novel Lullaby Now Spenser serves as Mattie s boss and investigator mentor However the first case that Mattie brings to Spenser is a serious one Fifteen ear old Chloe Turner was sexually assaulted by an older man in one of Boston s private clubs for the rich and powerful Chloe ran out on her attacker and left behind her backpack laptop and some personal belongings Now all she wants is to get her stuff back and forget everything that happened But what Chloe doesn t understand is that Maddie is driven to protect oung girls from abuse and Spenser s code of ethics refuses to let any abuser get away without being punished When Spenser and Maddie track down the identity of the abuser they find out their target Peter Steiner is a billionaire hedge fund investment firm partner He is rich powerful and has friends in high places that help protect him from being prosecuted for his nasty habits Further investigation reveals that there are victims most of which have been threatened not to come forward Then a uick trip to Florida reveals that Steiner s under age habits are beyond anything Spenser and Maddie imagined The psycho has his own Jeffrey Epstein island that he uses to blackmail people in positions of authority and power thereby building his position of power and protection When Spenser spooks Steiner things get dangerous fast By the time Spenser calls Hawk to assist Steiner has investigated Spenser s background and found one of his weak points Before he knows it Spenser finds himself face to face with one of his greatest enemies the elusive Gray Man a cold blooded hit man who once shot Spenser and left him for dead Now he s showed up to finish the jobThere are so many good things to enjoy in this book Atkins has successfully captured Parker s uniue storytelling voice His narrative flow is natural and smooth The rhythm of Spenser s conversations with others is lyrical and sarcastically funny and his relationships with Maddie Hawk and Susan are golden What was once Parker s classic playground has transcended into Atkin s own artistic canvas Atkins creates and develops new interesting plotlines while also re exploring classic supporting characters with confidence and authenticity One of those particular strengths is finding ways to include different characters from Spenser s rich history and pulling them back into the new stories In this book we had marvelous appearances from established characters like Susan Hawk Rita Fiore and uirk as well as recently introduced characters like Maddie and the formidable Captain Lorraine Glass I especially like how Captain Glass serves as a nice counter balances to Spenser s sarcastic manners but I am confident that she s slowly warming up to him Another strength is how Atkins amplifies the strength of the villains in this one They are evil and worthy of the challenge Spenser faces I also liked how the violence was mixed in just the right amounts and came across as realistic and respectful of Spenser s ageI only have one complaint Just one At 305 pages the book was not long enough It felt short and I wanted Another 50 80 pages would have been nice Otherwise Atkins delivers another worthy story in the annuals of Spenser one of America s classic fictional private investigators I have said this in previous reviews of Ace Atkins Spenser s novels but I am going to repeat myself For me Robert B Parker is the king He created Spenser and all that goes with him from Hawk to Susan to the secondary characters nuances of each of the four seasons particular types of foods and locations in the greater Boston area I will always bow down to him But thanks to Atkin s ability to capture the spirit of Spenser I get to continue being a fanboy I don t have to say goodbye to a character that I love like family Every ear or so I can still look forward to a new outing with my private investigator hero Spenser and his comrades which I lovingly refer to as forward to a new outing with my private investigator hero Spenser and his comrades which I lovingly refer to as 20Thank And the Ass Saw the Angel you Robert Thankou Ace And thank Why We Want You to Be Rich you Joan for letting Spenser live on in this fan s heart It means the world to me to get to revisit my heartfelt friend and personal hero eachear Iconic Boston Private Eye Spenser returns to kick butt across Boston Miami and the Bahamas with the aid of his best friend and ally the ever dangerous and stylish Hawk They are charged with taking down the villainous Peter Steiner and his henchwoman and accomplice Poppy Palmer In a gritty hard boiled fashion Ace Atkins provides a pitch perfect drama as they attempt to make order out of chaos and injustice Mattie Sullivan works for Spenser as apart time assistant and sleuth in training while attending college She s twenty two pretty long legged with long red hair kept in a pony tail and an obvious Irish face filled with freckles She has stayed in Spenser s orbit since as a teenager he helped bring her mother s killer to justice Some of Mattie s friends have brought to her attention the presence of a potential child molester It starts out with a friend s sister Chloe Turner age 14 who was recruited to provide a massage to a wealthy gentleman at the Blackstone Club posh Boston private Men s Club for five hundred dollars Tracing back to her recruitment by another teenager Debbie Delgado who received two hundred for every girl she could recruit All with the guise of looking for models with fresh faces And the massage and extras would be given to rich and
"Powerful Men Who Could Change "men who could change life Mattie s involvement has led to the pro bono investigation with Spencer Hawk and all of their contacts Spenser uncovers the common link with the six victims they know about is Steiner and Palmer Some consider them merely a dynamic Boston power couple Steiner owns his own investment firm that specializes in working with a select clientele of the rich famous and politically connected While the slick thin and muscular Poppy with surgically enhanced breasts looks great in a bikini but also with a glass of champagne in her hand Photos abound with her at events to fight illiteracy poverty cancer blindness hunger domestic violence animal abuse and a multitude of other causes She reportedly runs a modeling agency but actually is Steiner s recruiter and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell Jeffrey Epstein Steiner not only has an expansive mansion on Comm Ave in Boston but also on a seclusive peninsula in Miami Florida After a day or two in Miami he hops on his private jetwith his Nationalism: Critical Concepts in Political Science young guests to jet over to his privately owned island in the Bahamas The island appears to be the site of extensive parties attended by politicians CEOs and even foreign dignitaries Ace Atkins spins a complex and twisted narrative as a worthy addition to the ever expanding genre of modern day historical fiction This is Atkins ninth contribution to the beloved Spenser ethos with continuation of the smart mouthed tough guy with a code of honor and astute sense of culture taste and humor Thankfully we catch his third Pearl a German shorthaired pointerduring her puppyears of training chewing shoes and furniture a leaving presents scattered across the carpeting His long time girlfriend Susan the Harvard trained psychologist reprises her role as confidant and counter point to his thinking and actions How will Spencer bring this international sex trafficking operation to its knees Along the way the situation is complicated by the presence of an old nemesis The Gray Man This can be enjoyed In this next thriller in the New York Times bestselling Parker series Spenser and his new apprentice trace the murder of a Marx Demystifies Calculus Triangle Papers young woman to an international crime ring that has been operating with impunity because of the powerful and highly connected billionaire at its helmTenears ago Spenser helped a teenage girl named Mattie Sullivan find her mother's killer and take down an infamous Southie crime boss Now Mattie a college student with a side job.