Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

Book - 2013
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Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn to a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
Aspiration, greed, and twisted dreams all focus on the old Wonderland dog track where the famous amusement park once fronted the ocean. For Spenser and Z, this simple favor to Henry will become the fight of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399161575
0399161570
Branch Call Number: FIC Atkin
Characteristics: 306 p. --
Additional Contributors: Parker, Robert B. 1932-2010.
Alternative Title: Wonderland

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carol507
Jul 11, 2015

Not such a good Robert Parker's Spense book - too disjointed with subjects

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RedLeaf
Oct 05, 2014

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.

karcoldelharvic5 Jul 15, 2014

It's still good to read a Spenser book, Ace Atkins carries on Robert Parkers series well.

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susanchyn
Mar 13, 2014

Boston? Yes.
Noir? No.

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Lisaannk1
Jan 28, 2014

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.

brightman Jan 06, 2014

Mr Parker's estate chose wisely when they announced that Ace Atkins would carry on the legact of Spenser. I have both read or listened to almost all the Spenser novels, and although I was a bit disappointed that "Hawk" never made an appearance, this book was pure Parker (Atkins) through-and-through

akasq Jun 29, 2013

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.

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pitkerro
Jun 12, 2013

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.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jun 10, 2013

Atkins is not quite Parker but he's close. An enjoyable read for Spencer fans.

JCLJakeE May 20, 2013

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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