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Robert B. Parker's old black magic, Ace Atkins

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Robert B. Parker's old black magic
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Robert B. Parker's old black magic
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Ace Atkins
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Old black magic
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eng
Summary
Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions. The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most valuable piece stolen, Gentlemen in Black by a Spanish master, arrives at the desk of a Boston journalist, the museum finds hope and enlists Spenser's help. Soon the cold art case thrusts Spenser into the shady world of black market art dealers, aged Mafia bosses, and old vendettas. A five-million-dollar-reward by the museum's top benefactor, an aged, unlikable Boston socialite, sets Spenser and pals Vinnie Morris and Hawk onto a trail of hidden secrets, jailhouse confessions, and decades-old murders. Set against the high-society art scene and the low-life back alleys of Boston, this is classic Spenser doing what he does best
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  • A legendary painting known as Gentleman in Black was stolen 20 years ago from a Boston art museum and has never been recovered. Many fear it has been destroyed, but recently the museum has been receiving hints that it may still exist. The original investigator is dying and asks his friend Spenser to take the case. Though art theft is well outside Spenser’s wheelhouse, he agrees out of respect for his doomed friend. Soon he realizes why people involved in the search for Gentleman often end up dead. The possible suspects include semiretired mobsters, their not-so-bright-but-still-dangerous kids, and an art dealer associated with the now-deceased fence assumed to have been involved in the theft. Atkins, who has extended the life of Robert B. Parker’s legendary PI in six previous novels, all best-sellers, again captures all the qualities Spenser fans love in the series: smart-ass humor, a touch of romance, plenty of violence, and, of course, Spenser’s complex sense of honor. Atkins adds his own touch in the form of complex plots with genuine mysteries at their center. -- Lukowsky, Wes (Reviewed 5/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 17, p34)
  • The 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, one of the art world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, provides the spark for bestseller Atkins’s entertaining seventh Spenser novel (after 2017’s Little White Lies). Locke, an old colleague, tells Spenser he’s dying and looking to settle his affairs. In particular, he wants the Boston PI’s help in recovering El Greco’s The Gentleman in Black, one of three valuable paintings stolen from the Winthrop Museum two decades earlier. Locke has pursued the thieves for years without success, but now the Winthrop’s director has started to receive letters from someone with convincing details about the theft. A solution to the case could at last be at hand. Spenser soon finds himself in a race against an obnoxious British investigator who specializes in art crimes. As usual, Atkins emulates Parker’s style and dry humor flawlessly (“It was Susan’s turn to cook, so we had reservations at Harvest”), but this straightforward, plot-driven entry lacks the attention to the developing relationship between Spenser and Susan that marked the previous book. Author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/05/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 10, p)
  • Twenty years after a stash of paintings was lifted from a Boston museum, paint chips from the most valuable piece land on a journalist's desk, and Boston PI Spenser is tapped to track down the missing lot. Not surprisingly, he encounters black market art dealers, but Mafia bigwigs and a long-ago murder? --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 20, p64)
  • Twenty years after a storied theft from a Boston institution—no, not the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—the powers that be want Spenser, another Boston institution, to recover three stolen artworks that are still missing. Spenser, who wouldn't be interested in the Winthrop Museum's problems if Locke, a dying colleague who's been keeping an eye on it for two decades, hadn't entreated him, agrees to grab the reins even though he's not crazy about temperamental Winthrop director Marjorie Ward Phillips, and museum board chairman Topper Townsend's not crazy about him. The real prize among the three is El Greco's The Gentleman in Black, valued at $60 million to $70 million. But it's the promise that by paying $500,000 she can buy back one of the others, an early Picasso drawing, that hooks Large Marj into agreeing to a trade-off that goes predictably awry, leaving Spenser with undeserved egg on his face. Replaced by Townsend's choice, Paul Marston, a British private investigator as objectionable as he is incompetent, Spenser, now free to pursue the standing $5 million reward the museum's offered, works his contacts twice as hard. Certain that the crooks must have been amateurs who had inside help, he soon starts to see connections between the perps and the Boston mob. The trouble is that it's been so long since the job was pulled that the cops who originally worked the case for the Boston PD and the FBI are mostly retired. Even worse, the mob has gone through even more personnel changes, and the guys most likely to know anything about the heist have long been unavailable for questioning. The case gets successively murkier, but Atkins, in his best imitation of Parker's voice to date, never gets lazy. Readers who approach the last chapter anticipating relief at finally seeing the case solved should be warned that a final twist virtually guarantees a sequel. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2018)
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10657885
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Atkins, Ace
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813/.54
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no index present
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fiction
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1932-2010
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Parker, Robert B.
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Series statement
Spenser novels
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0047
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  • Spenser
  • Private investigators
  • Boston (Mass.)
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Robert B. Parker's old black magic, Ace Atkins
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The next installment of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series by Ace Atkins
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24 cm.
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319 pages
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9780399177019
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
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regular print
Label
Robert B. Parker's old black magic, Ace Atkins
Publication
Copyright
Note
The next installment of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series by Ace Atkins
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9780399177019
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print

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