Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn

  • Title: Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn
  • Author: Ace Atkins Robert B. Parker Joe Mantegna
  • ISBN: 9780553398205
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Robert B Parker s Slow Burn Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis in the latest adventure in the iconic New York Times bestselling series from author Ace Atkins The fire at a boarded up Catholic church raged h
    Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis in the latest adventure in the iconic New York Times bestselling series from author Ace Atkins 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, therBoston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis in the latest adventure in the iconic New York Times bestselling series from author Ace Atkins 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 Most at the department believe it was just a simple accident faulty wiring in a century old building But Boston firefighter Jack McGee, who lost his best friend in the blaze, suspects arson McGee is convinced department investigators aren t sufficiently connected to the city s lowlifes to get a handle on who s behind the blaze so he takes the case to Spenser Spenser quickly learns not only that McGee might be right, but that the fire might be linked to a rash of new arsons, spreading through the city, burning faster and hotter every night Spenser follows the trail of fires to Boston s underworld, bringing him, his trusted ally Hawk, and his apprentice Sixkill toe to toe with a dangerous new enemy who wants Spenser dead, and doesn t play by the city s old rules Spenser has to find the firebug before he kills again and stay alive himself.

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    About Ace Atkins Robert B. Parker Joe Mantegna


    1. Ace Atkins is the author of eight novels, including his latest, Infamous, from G.P Putnam s Sons.A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full time novelist at 30.While at the Tribune, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s The story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow, which earned raves from noted authors and critics In his next novels, Wicked City, Devil s Garden, and now Infamous, Ace continues to carve a new a niche as both a talented storyteller and a meticulous journalist, blending first hand interviews and original research into police and court records with tightly woven plots and incisive characters Ace s novels tell great American stories, weaving fact and fiction into a colorful, seamless tapestry.Infamous, Devil s Garden, Wicked City, and White Shadow are all very personal books for Atkins, all set in his former and current homes San Francisco, where he lived as a child Alabama, his family s home and where he was born and went to college and Tampa, where he embarked on his career as a writer and now the MidSouth where he now calls home.Each novel contains bits of himself friends and colleagues he once knew, people he respected or admired, family members, and personal heroes.Right now, Ace is developing a new series for his longtime publisher home to Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Robert Crais, John Sandford, and Robert B Parker set in rural Mississippi The first of these novels will hit stores in Spring 2011.Ace lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family.


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    1. Spenser tries to track down a serial arsonist. I sure hope he doesn’t get burned by the experience….OK, I apologize for that one.Three firefighters were killed in a blaze of undetermined origin, and a year later there are still no answers. That doesn’t sit well with a fireman friend of Spenser who thinks it was arson and believes the authorities haven’t done enough to find whoever was responsible. Spenser starts nosing around and as usual manages to piss off some very dangerous people in [...]

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    2. Slow, "tortuous," Burn is a more apt title. The marginalization of Hawk and the over saturation of Susan/Pearl contributes little, except boredom. 0 of 10 stars

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    3. The Spenser transfer is complete!Ace Atkins has been writing good books in the Spenser series. They have been true to form and true to the characters.But this time around, he is actually aging Spenser a bit, adding levels of character development for the entire cast of characters -- and referring to past and future events in the series (both in his and Parker's time) seamlessly.This guarantees the franchise will not just survive but grow under the watch of its new author.I love the character. My [...]

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    4. A fun read for Spenser fans. I think I may have added a star because Susan wasn't as irritating as she has been in some of the earlier books as written by Parker.

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    5. My favorite of the Atkin's Spenser novels so far. Robert B. Parker would be proud.

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    6. This is the first Ace Atkin's Spenser that I haven't, in the back of my head while reading, looked for proof that it's not Parker writing. I was always conscious that this was NOT Parker and with this one the thought didn't occur to me once. Whether it's because Atkins has successfully melded into Parker's writing style or because Atkins is good enough on his own that I can disappear into the story doesn't seem to matter. I'm just happen that Spenser and I can continue our relationship.

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    7. "Slow Burn" is really a three-star book judged by plot merits. The villains are weak, and their end is more anticlimactic than was intended. And yet the Spenser created by Atkins is sufficiently like Parker's early Spenser, though slowed ever so slightly by age, that I can forgive a lot because I so like Spenser's whole world. There vis a fight between Spenser and two of Joe DeMarco's thugs, one of them a real brute, that captures both Spenser's skill at boxing and his slight slowing down (compa [...]

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    8. Six years since Parker's death. As each year passes, it's harder to hear his voice. I will continue to say this: as loathe as I am to never read another Spenser novel, it's time for these to stop. Spenser wearing cheater glasses. A grey grizzled Pearl. Susan drinks half a glass of wine at once--the orbits spin. Atkins brings in his own Southern touches. Spenser at a fire station cooking shrimp etouffee and we get a lengthy description of making roux? What the The family needs to let this cash co [...]

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    9. In the 44th Spenser book, this one by Ace Atkins, Spenser is trying to find out who is behind all the fires which are breaking out on a regular basis all over Boston. The first started at a former Catholic Church and three firefighters died trying to stop the blaze. One of the survivors came to Spenser asking for his help because he is convinced it was arson. Despite there being no mystery to the story because you know who the bad guys are early on, this was an entertaining story. There are chan [...]

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    10. This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---On the Greenway, a carousel turned to calliope music. The two men approached me. They tried to act like they were shopping, but they were as unobtrusive as a couple of linebackers at a Céline Dion concert.Say what you will about the relative merits of Atkins' two current series, but you won't get lines like that from Quinn Colson (maybe from Lille Virgil). (That's not really the best line of the book -- it's just the one that requires the [...]

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    11. Taking over where another fiction writer left off has to be one of the toughest jobs there is. Not only are you "stuck" with the same locations and characters, you've got to make it all read as if you didn't write it - or face the wrath of hundreds of angry fans of the original author. So when the estate named Ace Atkins to keep Parker's popular Spenser series alive (Parker had penned 37 of them at the time of his death in 2010 and unless I missed one I don't know about, I've read them all), I w [...]

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    12. Another great entry in the post-Parker series of Spenser books. I was thrilled that Hawk was back in a more substantial role (although Atkins hasn't got the same gift for writing their dialogue together as Parker had), and Zee was still around. Susan makes an appearance, and a whole cast of lesser characters appearoften it seemed just to check off that they still existed (although Gino Fish has sadly passed away).All of this is mere decoration, however, as the heart of the Spenser series is the [...]

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    13. This is the 4th or so of Ace Atkins efforts at "being Robert Parker", and while the others were OK, this one truly make me think "he's got it". It was funny with really cute Spenser remarks -- very like Parker's sense of humor. Deals with arson in some detail -- as well as political issues. The bad guys are really really bad, but of course Spenser has Hawk, Sixkill, and to some extent, Vinnie. Good to have dependable old friends. Hated to see Sixkill leaving for the West Coast, but he may reappe [...]

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    14. Spenser is hired by Boston firefighter Jack McGee, who believes that a church fire that killed three fellow firefighters was done by an arsonist; the same one that is torching other buildings around the city. Ace Atkins has taken over the writing of Robert Parker’s Spencer novels and it shows. This is not a mystery as the reader knows who the arsonist is and the onset. The suspense is minimal and although the usual characters are there, I didn’t feel anything for them or care. It was just ok [...]

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    15. The Parker estate did a great job choosing Atkinsntinues the great dialogue & rhythms that move the Spenser series this one Spenser & company are working to stop serial arsonists responsible for multiple homicidesgood, fun read if your a Parker fanKeep 'em coming, but don't let Atkins end his excellent Quinn Colson series!

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    16. Ace Atkins has done it again. Brought Spenser and his troops alive as I once thought only Robert Parker could. The voice is the same, the mix of dry humor and understated strength and, most of all, the "Spenserness" of the story. I have loved this series from the very beginning and was so sad when Parker died so young. But his legacy lives on through the work of Atkins.

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    17. I have to say that I really enjoyed this latest installment in the continuation of the Robert B. Parker Spenser series. Ace Atkins has done an outstanding job both keeping the series alive and in little increments advancing some of the character development as well.While I liked the previous book in the series, I was slightly less impressed by it than others in the series. But this one, with a real sense of subtlety to the story, was excellent.With a series of arson fires plaguing Boston and the [...]

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    18. #45 in the Spenser series. The 5th written by author Atkins after 39 penned by series originator Parker and 1 finished by agent Helen Brann. An enjoyable read, Atkins has the Parker style down pat and this series entry about Spenser and arson in Boston fits well - not one of the best, but not at the bottom of the list. Sixkill has finished his apprenticeship and plans to return to California. There was a good piece with Hawk having a meal with Spenser and Susan while a major baddie seeks Spenser [...]

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    19. This novel is my least favorite of the Ace Atkins books. Still a decent enough read for a rainy afternoon.Fire Captain Jack McGee approaches Spenser to investigate a year old fire that killed three firefighters at an historical church. Arson investigators seem to have given up. Plus there is a current arson spree going on, that will number 80 fires. No one officially seems to be investigating the year old fatal fire. Spenser agrees.This turns out to be routine, sort of paint by numbers, Spenser. [...]

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    20. While Atkins does a nice job of channeling Parker and Spenser, both stylistically and thematically, he is beginning to suffer from the same problem many authors who continue other writers' series - feeling the need to include all the familiar elements in each book. We get Hawk, Susan, Z, Vinnie, Quirk, Belson, and numerous others appearing, often just as walk-ons, in what I guess is an attempt to satisfy each and every fan. Atkins is also working in the serial television mode, with each book con [...]

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    21. As I've said in previous reviews of Atkins' Spenser: he does a great job of capturing Parker's voice and style. Over the course of the several Spenser books by Atkins, however, you can tell that more of Atkins is coming through. That is not bad in itself; I enjoy the books. But it's clear you are reading Atkins writing as Parker and not Parker. There are just little things and moments that are not quite right. For example, something Hawk says which fits the story but it is just not what Parker's [...]

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    22. Ace Atkins did a beautiful job with Spenser installment. Spenser is called in to investigate a fire that left three firefighters dead. There is no evidence of arson and yet Spenser goes right into sleuth mode and starts pissing off people left and right, including people who would rather see him burnt to a crisp than solve this little fire issue. Meanwhile, Quirk has been promoted so Belson has a new boss. Female. Captain Glass. It doesn't take her long to realize that Spenser is a pain in the p [...]

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    23. Is this the future of the Spenser series? Are they all going to be from two POVs making it two books smushed into one? And drowning in more foul language than the books have ever had, most of which is there for no other reason than to just because it can be? If it is, this series is definitely going south. Had I been reading the physical book, rather than listenting to the audiobook, I would have skipped right over the scenes from the arsonists' POV. It goes against the model of every book that [...]

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    24. This is the first Spenser book that I've rated as only 3 stars and I've read them all. Ace Atkins took on the series after the death of Robert B. Parker, and he does a decent job replicating the author’s unique style and voice. This isn’t a bad novel. But it is clearly not up the standards of the contemporary crime novel, including Atkin's own independent writings. Perhaps fiction has moved to a more sophisticated level surpassing the brevity and simplicity of Spenser-style books. A rising [...]

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    25. I have been a long time Spenser fan. And I'm a huge fan of Ace Atkins. The book was an easy read, but I don't think I would reread it. This book hinted at Spenser's aging, which was interesting to me. However, I felt like the plot was weak (story of arson in Boston) and too many of the long-time characters made perfunctory appearances that were peripheral to the story. I feel like it's really hard for someone else to pick up Robert B. Parker's work and keep the same tone. In summary, I would be [...]

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    26. I would, oh wait a minute--yyyaaawwwnnn, I am so sorry--but I couldn't help the really big yawn back there. For I just finished the Ace Atkins version of what a Robert B. Parker book is. It wasn't. It wasn't even close. It wasn't even barely in the state of Mass. (I don't know how to spell the whole word.) I don't know why I even gave it three stars. Two stars would be more accurate. Boring. Spenser was more like Spencer than Spenser. Oh Mr. Parker--how I miss you so!

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    27. Never have I given a Spenser book less than 5 stars but here goes. When Ace Atkins picked up the Spenser baton after Parker died, I was delighted. I could hear Parker in Atkins books until now. Slow Burn doesn't have the crisp pace and snappy dialogue that distinguish Parker from all other thriller writers. Parker was the Dean of Mystery and Suspense but this book falls far short. Atkins seems to have gotten caught up in the firefighters' world and has lost Spenser's world.

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    28. Ace does Spenser well. The book was a fast read, a tight story, and consistent with Parker's style. I appreciate that Atkins has moved the characters forward in time, obviously not to what their true age would be, but allowing them to get older. It shows not just in the changing careers of some of the regular cast, but also in the way that the world Spenser inhabits moves.

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    29. This is probably my favorite Spenser book written by Ace Atkins. Except for Susan, the characters are closer to Parker's books than in any of Atkins' other Spenser books. Atkins continues to write Susan with some earthier dialogue. Plus, the "village people" line is the funniest thing I've read in a Spenser novel since Hugger Mugger, which was funny from start to finish.

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    30. This felt sorta dialed-in. Ace Atkins has done a really good job at keeping the feel of the Parker books, and in staying loyal to the characters. There are no sins in this book, but the story was just sorta blah. It's a look into what Spenser is doing when nothing particularly interesting is going on.

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