Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn

Large Print - 2017
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The fire at a boarded-up Catholic church raged hot and fast, lighting up Boston's South End and killing three firefighters who were trapped in the inferno. A year later, as the city prepares to honor their sacrifice, there are still no answers about how the deadly fire started. Boston firefighter Jack McGee, who lost his best friend in the blaze, suspects arson, and is convinced department investigators aren't sufficiently connected to the city's lowlifes to get a handle on who's behind the blaze. McGee takes the case to Spenser, who learns that the fire might be linked to a rash of new arsons, and he follows the trail of fires to Boston's underworld. Spenser has to find the firebug before he kills again -- and stay alive himself.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press Large Print,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781594139482
Branch Call Number: F ATK
Characteristics: 365 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
large print, rda
Additional Contributors: Parker, Robert B. 1932-2010.
Alternative Title: Slow burn


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Dec 17, 2016

Ace Atkins is not Robert B. Parker, but he does a credible job of carrying forward Parker's characters and keeping fans interested. The plot in this one is interesting and kept me engaged.

Sep 28, 2016

If you’re a long-time Spenser fan, ignore this review; you know what you’re getting and no doubt that’s what you want. I’d never read a Spenser mystery nor seen the TV show based on the books, so this was new to me. But not very new, since it followed a familiar formula. Spenser is a tough guy Boston P.I. with a rockin’ bod, hot girlfriend (Susan), a loyal dog (Pearl), and two tough guy sidekicks (Hawk and Z) with equally hard bodies and the skill sets to match. Together they take on a trio of wannabe firefighters who resort to arson to get their flame fix. Spenser and gang win every fight with ease, fearlessly rip off the local Mafioso and his entire gang, and donate his drug money to an orphanage. Unsurprisingly, he identifies the arsonists when the entire Boston Arson Squad and Police Homicide Unit can’t.

Ace Atkins, the author, was chosen by the Parker family to continue the long-running Spenser series originated by the late Robert B. Parker. I have no quibble with the formula. It obviously works for many, but I can’t say it made me want to read more. Spenser has a certain style, with plenty of wisecracks and constant restaurant hopping. He must be made of money since no one ever pays him and he lives a luxurious lifestyle. Ah the glorious life of a P.I.! Right – I was one briefly after I retired from the FBI.

One tidbit I found interesting: the plot mentions real-life reporter and author Hank Philippi Ryan. I read and reviewed her book The Wrong Girl (2 stars) a couple of years ago. Atkins and Ryan share one rather obnoxious stylistic trait: they constantly describe every character’s attire, with special emphasis on designer names. Now I’ve seen that in several chick lit mysteries written by women, but this is the first time I’ve seen it from a male writer. Yet here it is not only from a male author but with a testosterone-laden male protagonist. It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had come from a gay author with a gay leading man, but what the hey, I think the Spenser series is intended to appeal to women, not men. Baryshnikov had a rockin’ bod, too, and women loved him. If only he could have reciprocated.

The book had enough style to keep me reading to the end, but no suspense and nothing to make me pick up another Spenser. By the way, the full title is Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, a Spenser Novel in case you have any trouble finding it under the name Slow Burn. My library had it alphabetized under Atkins, not Parker.

akasq Jun 16, 2016

Ace Atkins tries hear to bring back an aging spencer,
adding many old characters & name. It's O K for a fast read.
but just OK.

Jun 13, 2016

Spenser lives tks to Ace Atkins


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