Search Results: "Robert B. Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Screenwriter Knott effortlessly handles the nonstop plot complications, doesn't bother to create actual characters and comes a cropper with the laconic dialogue he supplies for Virgil and Everett, who sound like parodies of the strong, silent types Parker created."
Not even their creator's death can slow down newly appointed Indian Territory marshal Virgil Cole and his friend and deputy Everett Hitch (Blue-Eyed Devil, 2010, etc.) as they board a train for a routine journey that turns out to be anything but. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S BLACKJACK by Robert Knott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A tad off the bull's-eye hit by Larry McMurtry's Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae adventures but a darn good way to pass an afternoon for Western fans."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's The Bridge, 2014, etc.) continues the inimitable Parker's Western series with marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch caught up in the aftermath of a Denver policeman's wife's murder.Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S WONDERLAND by Ace Atkins
Released: May 7, 2013

"Since his creator's death, Spenser's dialogue, flippant to start with, has become relentlessly arch, and the tendency must be catching, since several other characters get into verbal jousts with him. Still, it may be unfair to complain that Atkins (Robert B. Parker's Lullaby, 2012) doesn't write exactly like Parker. All in all, an entertaining effort."
Spenser goes to bat for an old friend whose condo in Revere has become a most desirable property for all the wrong reasons. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S LULLABY by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2012

"Parker fans will like it that the Atkins version is virtually indistinguishable from the prototype."
And the beat goes on. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S REVELATION  by Robert Knott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A classic plot and plenty of 8-gauge shotgun showdowns best enjoyed by those who've followed Cole and Hitch's previous adventures."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's Blackjack, 2016, etc.) continues Parker's Western series, this time sending U.S. Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Marshal Everett Hitch in pursuit of killers fleeing from an Arizona Territory prison. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 2015

"The ritualistic series of face-offs will be red meat for franchise fans, and it's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life, even though his rescue of Dillon predictably fails to put much of a dent in even little Blackburn's prison-for-profit scheme."
Spenser heads back to the Boston suburbs to help a mother whose son has been arrested for—wait for it—setting up a fake Twitter account. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S BULL RIVER by Robert Knott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The questions are a lot more interesting than the answers. But Knott pays out the complications with a sure hand en route to a denouement that provides fans exactly what they're looking for and not a smidgen more."
Knott (Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse, 2013) spins another tale that unites Parker's two chosen genres, the Western and the crime story. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S SLOW BURN by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Not much energy or conviction in the larger rhythms of this case, but the scene-by-scene, line-by-line pleasures are authentic enough."
Spenser fiddles while Boston burns. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S CHEAP SHOT by Ace Atkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 2014

"Two-thirds of a perfectly controlled kidnap tale, with Spenser close to his top form, crashes, burns and goes down without a trace in the end."
Boston's premier private eye signs on to recover the kidnapped son of one of Boston's sports heroes. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S BLIND SPOT by Reed Farrel Coleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"If the Parker estate keeps pouring new wine into old bottles, who'll be the next vintner? Mary Higgins Clark? Andrew Vachss? Janet Evanovich?"
Coleman (The Hollow Girl, 2014, etc.) follows Michael Brandman (Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do, 2013, etc.) into the Jesse Stone franchise, with results that couldn't be more different. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S THE DEVIL WINS by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Whatever pleasures readers find in this cluttered, long-winded, generally unsurprising tale, they're remote from those formerly provided by the late Robert B. Parker and his laconic hero."
While everyone else in Paradise, Massachusetts, is hibernating for the winter, Police Chief Jesse Stone returns to solve murders ancient and modern in his adopted town. Read full book review >

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Readers taken in by Atkins' sureness of touch in the first half of this schizoid yarn richly deserve to get flimflammed by the bait-and-switch that follows."
A damsel in distress enlists Boston's most storied private eye in her cause and then has second and third thoughts. Read full book review >