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Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic: Spenser, Book 46
Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Summary

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 20 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 $5 million 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.  

Set against the high-society art scene and the low-life back alleys of Boston, this is classic Spenser doing what he does best.

©2018 Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Atkins perfectly catches Spenser’s breezy voice and Parker’s knack for creating vivid characters.” (Seattle Times)

“Atkins...again captures all the qualities Spenser fans love in the series: smart-ass humor, a touch of romance, plenty of violence, and, of course, Spenser’s complex sense of honor. Atkins adds his own touch in the form of complex plots with genuine mysteries at their center.” (Booklist)

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Not sure about this one..

So far ace atkins has done full justice to Parker’s hero but I feel this one doesn’t have enough whip or spark . Not enough is going on action wise to keep you gripped . I listened to it and was in no hurry to get back to it when I had to stop. Not a good sign. Liked it but not one of his best efforts.

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Fantastic!

Heresy - But Ace Atkins dialogue matches Parker And plotting actually surpasses. Fantastically entertaining . Popular Literature doesn't get any better than this.I didn't think anyone could do justice to Robert B Parker's legacy.I was never happier to be proved wrong.Keep them coming!Please!

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  • zen_mc
  • 03-05-18

Ace Atkins continues . . .

To massage the Spenser series in a way that I like. More modern and in the moment with some interesting plots. I do wish sixkill would come back to Boston or get his own series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-06-18

another winner

love the spenser series. this is more of a detective novel. montegna is fantastic reader.

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  • Lap55
  • 07-05-18

Good story, as usual!

Ace did a solid job and Mantegna was like having your Uncle read you a story at bedtime.

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  • R. Parker
  • 06-08-18

Spenser, as usual

When Robert B Parker died, I was afraid we were done with Spenser for good. Fortunately, the torch was handed to Ace Atkins, who must be channeling Parker for the quality of his work bringing Spenser to life. Once again we have Spenser in a tight spot, trying to help a dying friend while dealing with clients who just want him to shut up and obey and foes who just want him out of the way, all with the humor, irony, and panache that are his trademarks, giving rise to laugh-out-loud exchanges as he gets the job done his way. No Hawk this time, but it's good to see him working with Vinnie Morris again. Joe Mantegna brings the characters to life in an enjoyable and convincing manner. And as always, I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Bruce Langsen
  • 27-07-18

Thanks to Ace Parker

What a treat to be able to continue to enjoy Spenser and various friends. Parker would have been impressed

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  • Dana
  • 27-07-18

Excellent book

Loved it! Ace Atkins is doing a phenomenal job writing these books. Throughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Sara
  • 02-03-19

It’s Not Robert B Parker

A pastel version of RBP’s writing. Not much action and Spenser is definitely not himself. Poor Susan and Pearl did not fare too well either. Not gonna go this road again.

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  • Alex M. Tuffile
  • 22-01-19

Another great Spenser book.

Ace nails it. Yet another great Spenser book. Somewhere Robert B Parker is drinking a Sam Adams and smiling.

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  • RP
  • 16-01-19

Great listen.

Ace Atkins has nailed the original flavor, tone and humor of the early Spensor books.

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  • Jeff Richter
  • 07-01-19

Joe Mantegna perfect as usual.

Spenser novels are not the same without Mantegna. I would love to see or hear a theatrical performance of Mamets House of Cards with Mantegna as the lead or narrator.
Jeffery Richter