Robert B. Parker's Wonderland
By Ace Atkins
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425270660, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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Old friends. Small favors. Bitter rivals. Stirred together, it all makes for one explosive cocktail. Spenser can feel the heat stretching from Boston to Vegasand people are about to get burned.
Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beachwith a push from local thugs. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, are on the trail of a mysterious woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and a shady plan to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. As alliances shift and twisted dreams surface, the Boston political machine looks to end Spenser's investigation one way or anotherand once and for all.
Atkins has managed to nudge this venerable series in a new direction while staying true to its core, seemingly channeling its creator at every turn. It’s a magnificent accomplishment that is not to be missed.” Bookreporter.com
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
Ace Atkins is the author of thirteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Robert B. Parker's Lullaby . He was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2012 for The Ranger, the first book in his Quinn Colson series, which also includes The Lost Ones and The Broken Places. Atkins, whom the bestselling author Michael Connelly has called one of the best crime writers working today,” lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
Praise for Robert B. Parker’s Spenser Novels:
“A-Grade Parker.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“A must-read.” —Boston Herald
“Superb.”—The Associated Press
“A page-turner.” —The Boston Globe
“One hot mystery.”—The Washington Post
“A kinky whodunit…snappy…sexy.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Delicious fun. Bottom line: A merry Widow.”—People
“Outrageously entertaining.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Spenser can still punch, sleuth, and wisecrack with the best of them.”—Publishers Weekly
“Smooth as silk.”—Orlando Sentinel
“[A] can’t-put-it-down story.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“As brisk and clever as always.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Full of action, suspense, and thrills.”—Playboy