Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

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Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

Format:  Hardcover,

310 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9780399158032

ISBN-10: 0399158030

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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.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9780399158032
ISBN-10: 0399158030
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 310
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.41
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 1.5 x 9.0

About the author

Biography of Atkins, Ace

Ace Atkins is the author of several novels, including The Lost Ones and Lullaby (G.P. Putnam's Sons May 2012). Atkins is a former journalist who earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950's. The story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow. In 2011 he was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston's iconic private eye, Spenser. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 with his title, Robert B. Parker's Wonderland.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-05-11)

Picked by the Parker estate to continue the late author's beloved Spenser series, Atkins (White Shadow; Wicked City) must have been well aware that fanatical fans would scrutinize every word to ensure that the new novel would be as good as the original. They won't be disappointed in certain aspects as Atkins delivers the customary crisp, witty repartee between Spencer and the book's other colorful characters. An abandoned teenager raising her younger sisters in South Boston's seedy projects, Mattie Sullivan is convinced the Feds convicted an innocent man for killing her addict mother and coerces Spencer into investigating the cold case. Joined by Hawk, his uncompromising partner, Spenser relentlessly follows clues despite violent threats from Southie thugs.

Verdict: Atkins avoids the risk of doing anything different with Parker's characters and maintains the rhythm and cadence of Parker's pointed prose. One hopes in the next book he will introduce stylistic enhancements and a few new characters to freshen the tone and excite series fans.

[See Prepub Alert, 11/14/11; coming in June is Atkins's new Quinn Colson thriller, The Lost Ones.-Ed.] - Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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.

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