Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins

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20 Critic Reviews

Parker fans will like it that the Atkins version is virtually indistinguishable from the prototype.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not convinced by her claim that the wrong man was convicted. Mattie is street-smart, wise beyond her years, and now 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 hits Spenser where he lives.

As Spenser becomes more involved, he thinks that Mattie may be onto something after all. And he’s going to need the help of his friend Hawk to find peace for Mattie—a job that’s more dangerous than he ever thought.

 

About Ace Atkins

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Ace Atkins is the author of White Shadow, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, Infamous, and four Nick Travers novels. He lives on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 316 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
All: 20 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
May 15 2012

Parker fans will like it that the Atkins version is virtually indistinguishable from the prototype.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Even the most fanatical Parker fans would be hard pressed to identify any aspect of this Spenser novel that doesn’t read as if it were penned by Spenser’s late creator.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 04 2012

The dialogue in the Spenser novels is arguably the most popular element of the books, and Atkins captures the wit and cadence of Parker’s creation perfectly.

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Booklist Online

Below average
Reviewed by Connie Fletcher on May 01 2012

Atkins’ writing itself can best be described as a karaoke performance in which the lead vocal is missing.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on May 06 2012

Most importantly, 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.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John Formy-Duval

Atkins has captured perfectly that journey and leads the reader down multiple paths of seeming dead ends before resolution is achieved.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Francis Moul on Aug 14 2012

The dialogue, following in Parker’s footsteps, is vibrant, colorful and humorous...the story is compulsive, engaging and, as always, page-turning.

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Blogger News Network

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Jun 28 2012

The result is a powerful good read that works at all levels throughout the book. Yes, this Spenser is different slightly in tone and style, but this Spenser is a good one too.

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Chicago Sun Times

Excellent
Reviewed by PAUL SALTZMAN on Apr 29 2012

Atkins succeeds. He doesn’t sound like somebody trying to emulate Parker. He sounds like Parker in a book that hits all the usual Spenser notes.

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The American Spectator

Below average
Reviewed by Larry Thornberry on Jul 09 2012

Spenser purists -- there are oh so many of these -- will be brought up short by instances where Atkins tries hard to be Parkeresque but renders false notes. There are too many disappointments in this otherwise skilled literary impersonation for me to give the buy sign.

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The Nervous Breakdown

Excellent
Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva on May 07 2012

it’s all there: The crisp, rhythmic sentences. The ironic banter. The distinctly Spenserian attitude toward life that Atkins adopted as his own...Parker lives. Spenser is back. And I can’t wait for the next one.

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Keys News

Excellent
Reviewed by David and Nancy Beckwith

It is amazing how Atkins can capture the dialogue and traits of all of these characters. This very entertaining novel delivers all of the excitement and life that Parker wrote into each page of his Spenser series.

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Yahoo! Voices

Below average
Reviewed by Peter Flom on Jun 24 2012

Ace Atkins is a fine writer, but he is not Robert Parker...Lullaby is a pretty good imitation of Robert Parker's style. It's not exactly right, but it's very close.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on May 15 2012

No one can take Parker's place, but Atkins did an excellent job with Robert B. Parker's Lullaby. All the familiar characters are there. The wit is there. And, actually there is more of a mystery in this book than in many of the last books Parker wrote.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on May 07 2012

Spenser lives on - the tough guy with a soft heart. Atkins has chosen to not tinker with the characters too much. Definitely the right decision.

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Mystery People

Good
Reviewed by MysteryPeoplesScott on May 01 2012

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...Ace gives us Parker’s voice without being a mimic.

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Steven Belanger Writing It Down

Below average
Reviewed by Steven Belanger on Aug 23 2012

none of the action is as tightly written as Parker's was. This last could be worked on.

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CSI: Librarian

Below average
Jul 05 2012

I think Atkins did a really good job of capturing the mood, point of view, and tone of the other Parker books although I did feel like the book was a little light on suspects. I also had a feeling it would have been a bit shorter if some strange twists didn’t turn up towards the end.

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Eavesdown Docks

Good
Reviewed by Robin Sizemore on May 06 2012

Atkins’s tone takes some getting used to, but once there, I think Lullaby is a worthy addition to a canon that started in 1973′s The Godwulf Manuscript.

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Houston Arts Week

Good
Reviewed by John DeMers

we are lucky that Spenser – increasingly like Boston’s own Dark Knight – still drinks excellent Scotch, whips up some very quirky meals, and awaits our troubled call.

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