Sixkill by Robert B. Parker

70%

23 Critic Reviews

There's some talk about death in the book, and the remarks become especially evocative now that Parker's gone. Parker and Spenser had a great run.
-Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine

Synopsis

A bad-boy movie star named Jumbo pushes the limits of his reputation when he's accused of rape and murder. When the Boston PD calls on Spencer, he meets Jumbo's young bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and the two form an unlikely alliance. It's a high profile case for Spenser, but the Hollywood secrets he uncovers are sordidly unsavory- and not just those of the accused...
 

About Robert B. Parker

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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief 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, Parker died in January 2010.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 303 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sixkill
All: 23 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

By no means as substantial or resourceful as Parker’s best, but a treasurable demonstration of the bromide that “life is mostly metaphor”...

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 21 2011

...the truth about the fatal night takes a backseat for too long to make the resolution satisfying...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Harding on May 16 2011

There is not a dull moment in the story... a great story, snappy dialogue and edgy confrontations; in this respect, SIXKILL does not disappoint.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John Formy-Duval

With Sixkill, his final Spenser novel, Robert Parker proved that he still had what it takes to captivate his fans when he died in January 2010.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Haddock on Jul 09 2011

The novel is entertaining and, as usual, punctuated by bits of romantic, sexy story about Spenser and his "main squeeze" Dr. Susan Silverman.

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Jacksonville.com

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Grey on Jun 12 2011

It's not a strong finish for author who died in 2010..."Sixkill" is not perhaps the book Parker would have chosen to end with, could he have chosen.

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Large Print Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Israel Drazin on May 31 2011

It is, like its predecessors, a superb book, with witty dialogue and suspenseful, with good characters and plot.

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Chicago Sun Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Randy Signor on Apr 28 2011

The story has the depth of a puddle, but it’s a well-designed puddle, so when it ripples, the clean, steady rolling of the waves is like a shimmering poem.

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Associated Press

Excellent
Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva on May 08 2011

..."Sixkill," with its crisp dialogue and compelling story line, is one of the better Spenser yarns of the last decade.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on May 28 2011

For anyone who read, and will miss, the Spenser series, this book actually provides a satisfying finale.

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Men Reading Books

Good
Reviewed by Dave on Aug 21 2011

... on some level we all aspire to Spenser’s character. We’d like to have unwavering principals, be afraid of nothing, and gallantly risk ourselves for others.

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Book Equals

Good
Reviewed by Muffy Morrigan on May 03 2011

Sixkill is Spenser and Parker at their absolute best. Fast-paced action, witty dialogue, erudite, and that philosophical undertone that makes Parker one of the truly great writers of the modern age.

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Alive on the Shelves

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Hura on Jan 26 2012

Sixkill is one of the better Spenser novels I’ve read recently...there is plenty of snappy dialogue, cool new characters, and an engaging mystery to solve.

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Senceless Pie

Below average
Sep 17 2011

This novel purports to be the last one Parker ever “finished,” but it didn’t seem to me he truly got it done.

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Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Bill Crider on May 14 2011

There's some talk about death in the book, and the remarks become especially evocative now that Parker's gone. Parker and Spenser had a great run.

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The Encounter and the Tunnels

Good
Reviewed by Wayne Rogers on Dec 22 2011

I’ve never read a bad Spenser novel. For me Sixkill was top of the line, especially knowing this was the final book by Mr. Parker.

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Musings from Brian J. Noggle

Below average
Reviewed by Brian Noggle on Sep 27 2011

It’s recycled, and longtime fans and history buffs will know where it comes from...

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My Big Honkin' Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Johns on Jul 22 2011

Parker was a master at drawing compelling characters who while often habitually flawed; they almost uniformly do the right thing and make the honorable thing.

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Bookhound

Good
Reviewed by Mel Odom on May 12 2011

The best part of the novel, though, is where Spenser is working with Z, helping him become the man he was destined to be.

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Pulp 300

Good
Jul 22 2011

...maybe Spenser should have hung up his snub nosed .38...I’m glad Parker didn’t put him to rest...Sixkill is a very enjoyable book.

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Blogito Ergo Sum

Good
Reviewed by James Kiester on Jun 01 2011

Except for the absence of Hawk, this book delivers everything fans want from a Spenser mystery. Frustrating roadblocks to the truth, thugs warning him off the case, hard hitting fisticuffs, and gun fights...

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Coffee and Chocolate

Good
Reviewed by Larraine on May 28 2011

Now he is gone, his mission completed, heading west to Susan. It's a lovely ending.

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The Literary Wolf

Below average
May 15 2011

...plotting is not Parker’s forte, the plots are frameworks to showcase his characters and in Sixkill I feel the plot is below average.

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