Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis in the latest adventure in the iconic New York Times best-selling series from author Ace Atkins.
The fire at a boarded-up Catholic church raged hot and fast, lighting up Boston's South End and killing three firefighters who were trapped in the inferno. A year later, as the city prepares to honor their sacrifice, there are still no answers about how the deadly fire started. Most at the department believe it was just a simple accident: faulty wiring in a century-old building. But Boston firefighter Jack McGee, who lost his best friend in the blaze, suspects arson.
McGee is convinced department investigators aren't sufficiently connected to the city's lowlifes to get a handle on who's behind the blaze - so he takes the case to Spenser. Spenser quickly learns not only that McGee might be right but that the fire might be linked to a rash of new arsons spreading through the city, burning faster and hotter every night. Spenser follows the trail of fires to Boston's underworld, bringing him; his trusted ally, Hawk; and his apprentice, Sixkill, toe-to-toe with a dangerous new enemy who wants Spenser dead and doesn't play by the city's old rules. Spenser has to find the firebug before he kills again - and stay alive himself.
©2016 Ace Atkins (P)2016 Random House Audio
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"NOT ONE OF THE BEST ROBERT PARKER STORIES"
UNBELIEVABLE ARSON TALE
I've listened to other Ace Atkins books in Robert Parker's Spenser series. This was my least favorite.
Spenser and Susan talking about having more sex while down the Cape. they seemed to have more sex in this book than all the Spenser books combined. I thought it was funny considering they were supposed to have been together at least 25 years.
Overall, I enjoyed it although I found some parts unbelievable.
And. I have read them all. Slow developing . Weak story line. It has a tired feel to it
"Spencer is Alive."
Spenser is Still Spenser.
I liked this latest book of Atkins' best of all. The others are good but I was still mourning Bob Parker and resenting Ace for stepping in. Anyway Spenser is alive, he and his besties are coping with their ages and dealing with the technology and changing culture of the 21st Century and they're adapting well.
"Spenser is back!"
I really enjoyed this book. I am a life long Spenser fan, I was so sad when Parker died, but am so glad Ace Atkins has kept the series going. The dialogue is very similar to Parker and he has kept all the main characters going. I hope there are more books to come!
The author doesn't give the characters much depth and the narrator doesn't help. Spenser only seems to respond and converse with sarcasm. Annoying. And the story just seemed a little boring. No twists or surprises. And the motive for the fires was undeveloped and a little unrealistic. This was my first and only Spenser book. A friend thought I'd like it because I like the Lucas Davenport books so much. Unfortunately Spenser can't hold a candle. His fire doesn't burn hot enough.
"Loyal to the Spencer books"
I have read all of the Spencer books. I loved Robert B Parker and since Ace Atkins took over they continue to entertain me. I am not sure he always captures the humor that Robert Parker did but he is true to the characters, so I will read them and enjoy them as quick fun detective novels.
Another Great story with a definite sequel to come. Hope the next one is soon
"Ace is inspired by RBP!"
So descriptive I could smell and taste smoke, but it left me wanting more. Crisp dialogue, new characters!
"Not as good as Parker."
The story line is stretched out too much. Montegna 's reading is very slow and the pace was the same for all characters . I finished but don't really recommend it
this book was very much like the writing of Robert Patker. he used many of the same characters that we are used to.
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