The last Spenser novel completed by Robert B. Parker.On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability.
In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. He acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead woman come to light, it's Spenser--with Sixkill at his side--who must put things right.
©2011 Robert B. Parker (P)2011 Random House Audio
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"Parker: a marvelous old friend who makes you happy"
Robert B. Parker was one of this country's most prolific authors, in league with Elmore Leonard. Like Leonard, he simply wanted to entertain us, and he succeeded almost every time out. Likewise, Michael Prichard was an amazingly prolific performer (and may still be). And Joe Mantegna is also an incredibly prolific and likable actor and narrator. Choosing between these two narrators is like trying to choose between the best apple pie and the best peach pie: very hard to do. In Sixkill, Parker again puts Spenser in his usual slot: a very tough guy on the outside with a very tender inside. The dialogue is, as always, witty and brief. You start chuckling right out of the gate. Mantegna seems to have a little more trouble with the repetitive "he said, she said" stuff than Prichard. I seem to notice that less when hearing Prichard. Mantegna, OTOH, is a face many of us know from movies and TV, and his voice is that of a friendly guy who might live next door to you, who happens to be one of the best storytellers anywhere. The plot of Sixkill is really just an excuse for Spenser to act, to play the tough guy when he wants to and the tender lover of Susan Silverman when he needs to. Not that the plot is trifling: it is clever and tugs at your heartstrings, in some ways. Sixkill is a huge Indian who once played great football, but then fell down a terrible slide. Spenser takes him on as a project, and between Spenser and the talk-about-tough-but-silent Hawk, they reclaim Sixkill in a way that is very humane and caring. Parker was a genius. Both Prichard and Mantegna make him sound wonderful. I have only tried to listen to one book narrated by David Dukes, and I hated it. Sit down with Parker and have a great time.
If Mantegna narrated all the Spenser series, I'd buy them all. This was a good story and although I missed Hawk a little - Sixkill made up for it. I bought a few of the series read by others and they weren't just bad, they were terrible.It would be fun to have Mantegna narrate the others..I can't even begin to listen to Rudnicki.
All in all this was a great listen and I was sorry when it ended...Parker will be missed!
So sad this is the last Parker novel and it looks like he was introducing a new character Z. SixKill a Native American from the Cree Nation. Enjoy his tongue-in-cheek dialog with people particularly Susan. The "he said, she said" I am getting use to in his novels. The past of the story is fast. Mantegna does great job with the narration.
"Spenser's Last Bow"
I liked Parker's approach of alternating episodes from the title character's life with narrative chapters in the present, so we get a sense of him organically. Would have loved to see how he fit in with the rest of Spenser's
It's vintage Spenser, with an unusual set of villains.
The scene in which Spenser finally gets Jumbo to talk.
Though I have a hard time picturing Joe Mantegna as the presumably Irish/English Spenser, Mantegna reads the character with flair and makes Spenser's wise-assery come alive.
"Perhaps his best Spenser ever"
The title says it all. I still love Parker and Spenser. He will be greatly missed.
"Mantegna is simply the best!"
First I do like all the Spenser books. Probably read or listened to 20+ This is another good one.
What I have recently decided is I am going to listen to every on that is narrated by Joe Mantegna first. He is that good.
I actually have narrated around 30 books myself and just listening to him is like taking a masters course in narrating.
"She said she said i said"
The he saids and she saids got a little distracting but they were eventually overcome with a decent story line. Not the best RBP I have read but a good one none the less. Sixkill made the book. No story without him.
"Makes the miles go by..."
Fun to listen to while driving! Laughed out loud several times & will listen to series.
Just the usual - I love Robt. B. Parker and I love Joe Mantegna. Unbeatable combo.
"Joe Mantegna is Spenser"
I would recommend this audiobook to everyone. It was one of Parker's best and Joe Mantegna brought it to life.
The dialog beween Spenser and Sixkill and Spenser and Susan are memorable.
Mantegna is to Spenser what Tom Selleck is to Jessie Stone - Perfect
There are far too many moving and humorous moments to single out one, two, or even a hundred. Listen and see for yourself.
A great place to rediscover Robert B Parker and to discover Joe Mantegna.
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