Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

by Ace Atkins

Putnam | February 11, 2014 | Hardcover

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When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother's murder, he's not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston.  But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives- they're the very characteristics he abides by. 

Mattie believes the man convicted of the crime is innocent and points Spenser to the Southie toughs who she saw carrying her mother away hours before her murder. Neither the Boston PD nor the neighborhood thugs are keen on his dredging up the past, but as Spenser becomes more involved in the case, he starts to realize that Mattie may be onto something. Spenser will need Hawk's help to find peace for Mattie - a job that's more dangerous than he ever thought.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: February 11, 2014

Publisher: Putnam

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399158030

ISBN - 13: 9780399158032

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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

by Ace Atkins

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: February 11, 2014

Publisher: Putnam

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399158030

ISBN - 13: 9780399158032

About the Book

Boston P.I. Spenser lives onNin the stunning new entry in the "New York Times"Dbestselling series from critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist Ace Atkins set in Boston's Dorchester and Southie projects.

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One I spotted the girl even before she knocked on my door. I was gaz¬ing out my second-floor office window down at Berkeley Street, eating a cinnamon donut and drinking coffee with a little milk and sugar. The girl looked lost among the businesspeople and tour¬ists hustling along the icy sidewalks. She wore a pink Boston Red Sox cap and an oversized down parka with a fur collar, and stared up at the numbers on the office buildings where Berkeley intersects Boylston. When she stopped at my building, she folded up a piece of paper and crossed the street with a lot of purpose. I had an open box of donuts and an uncashed check on my desk from Cone, Oakes. I’d done a little work for Rita Fiore and had been paid handsomely. The winter had been dark, bleak, and endless, but sometime in the last hour I had actually seen the sun. My computer was playing Helen Forrest singing with the Harry James Orchestra. Life was full of promise. I had a bite of donut just as I heard the knock on the door. I opened it. “You Spenser?” asked the girl in the pink Red Sox cap. “The one and only.” “People say you’re tough,” she said. “Did they mention handsome and witty?” “That you aren’t afraid to use a gun.” “Only when my feelings get hurt.” Her accent was South Boston, maybe Dorchester. Henry Hig¬gins could have told me her exact address. I figured her for fifteen or sixteen. She stood about five- foo
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When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother's murder, he's not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston.  But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives- they're the very characteristics he abides by. 

Mattie believes the man convicted of the crime is innocent and points Spenser to the Southie toughs who she saw carrying her mother away hours before her murder. Neither the Boston PD nor the neighborhood thugs are keen on his dredging up the past, but as Spenser becomes more involved in the case, he starts to realize that Mattie may be onto something. Spenser will need Hawk's help to find peace for Mattie - a job that's more dangerous than he ever thought.

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring 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 eleven novels, including the true-crime based White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, and Infamous. He is also the author of the Quinn Colson series, which includes The Ranger and the forthcoming The Lost Ones. Bestselling author Michael Connelly has called Atkins "one of the best crime writers working today." He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

"Ace Atkins has proven an exceptionally talented writer.... Taking on the challenge of continuing the much-loved Spenser series is a daunting task. Ace Atkins responds with a knock-out punch in round one. Parker would most definitely approve.
                   -Shelf Awareness

"It's all there:  The crisp, rhythmic sentences. The ironic banter. The distinctly Spenserian attitude toward life that Atkins adopted as his own. And yet, those who have read both Parker and Atkins closely may also detect a muted, indefinable quality that's pure Atkins. And that's a very good thing…. Parker lives. Spenser is back."
                    -Bruce DeSilva, Edgar Award Winning author of Cliff Walk
 
"It''s the real deal. Atkins captures Parker''s distinctive voice, the sardonic, self-deprecating, sharply observant first-person narration that makes the Spenser books so compelling, and so much fun."
-Tampa Bay Times

 "In Lullaby, Ace Atkins has brought back everything we love about Robert B. Parker's Boston P.I. Spenser, and he makes it look seamless and easy…. Atkins takes the reins of the Spenser series with self-assured ease. He also proves he's the right man for the job."
-MysteryPeople.com 
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