Book review: (Robert B Parker’s) Little White Lies by Ace Atkins

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Permalink

Robert B Parker – most specifically via his Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series – was my go-to author of the last decade or two. Then he died. Tragic, for his family, friends and loved ones. And slightly annoying for his fans. #joking #kinda

However… such was the strength of his Spenser, Jesse Stone and Appaloosa series that his family and publishers found authors to continue those legacies. 

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three-half-stars

The lost art of the gumshoe (Part 2)

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Permalink

Once I discovered Robert B Parker I devoured everything he’d written.

Fortunately for me, Parker was a prolific writer and I had 35 years of novels to catch up on.  It’s hard to describe what I found – and continue to find – so addictive about his work. There are no tricks, no fireworks, just witty banter, quirky and complicated multi-dimensional characters and a simple, but full-of-twists plot.

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The lost art of the gumshoe (Part 1)

Saturday, February 12, 2011 Permalink

Sometime after Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells and before crime scene investigators, coroners and FBI agents there lived the trusty gumshoe.

The word itself might evoke images of Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe or Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. Of trench-coated, chain-smoking detectives speaking unintelligibly out of the corners of their mouths.  Of private eyes (PIs)…. almost irrelevant and unfashionable in today’s high-tech world.

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