The last stop on the Blue Line is "Wonderland" named for a now defunct dog track built on the site of a historic defunct Amusement Park with an iconic wooden roller coaster (also defunct). Unknown interests have bought this site and want to build a casino here. They also need adjacent properties including one belong to Henry Cimino, old friend and boxing mentor to Boston private eye Spenser.
Henry asks Spenser to look into the people who want him and his fellow property owners out utilizing none too subtle tactics. Before long Spenser and his protégé Z will be up to their necks in intrigue, double-dealing and bloodshed in this Ace Atkins latest addition to the Robert B. Parker series.
Not such a good Robert Parker's Spense book - too disjointed with subjects
This is the first book that I've read post Robert B Parker of the Spenser series written by Ace Atkins that melds Parker's characters with Atkins writing style to produce a worthwhile product. Most long-time readers of the Spenser series will still notice stylistic differences. The most common one is that the scene descriptions are more detailed and that some of the commonly used Parker tropes such as Spenser's home cooking. beer ordering, etc still seemed to be injected rather than a natural part of the narrative. At the same time the plotting is better than in most of the Parker books. The Kirkus review provides a summary of the action.
It's still good to read a Spenser book, Ace Atkins carries on Robert Parkers series well.
Even though this book was written by someone other then Robert B. Parker it was still a good read. Ace Atkins did will to keep it going as Robert Parker would have written. He just need to bring Hawk back into the picture.
ROBERT B. PARKER'S SPENSER
lives. All the great character's are back
ACE ATKINS does a real good job
After reading all of the Spence
novels,It's nice to be home.
Atkins is definitely getting closer to Parker with this one so if you want Spenser ad infinitum read and enjoy!
Do try Atkins in his own voice for a real treat.
Atkins is not quite Parker but he's close. An enjoyable read for Spencer fans.
While 2012's Lullaby seemed a bit forced, in Wonderland, Ace Atkins seems more comfortable in the VERY big shoes he's been asked to fill since Robert Parker's passing. While Atkins hasn't mastered Parker's gift for brevity, he has brought some youthful exuberance to the Spenser series of novels. In Wonderland, Spenser regular Henry Cimoli requests Spenser's help when an unknown "big shot" sends some thugs to buy him out of his beachfront condo. Along with sidekick in training, Zebulon Sixkill, Spenser sets out to find out where the pressure is coming from. The writing is almost Parker - Spenser fans will be happy as Atkins does a very good job of showing, not telling - setting time and place through name brands and clothing styles, snappy dialogue, quick wit, and of course, the always entertaining and often revolving cast of characters.
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