Robert B Parker's Cheap Shot - Spenser Author:Ace Atkins ?True to his practice of exceeding his own standards with each new novel, Atkins gives Robert B. Parker's long-running series one of its best installments to date? (Bookreporter.com) with the Spencer novel, Cheap Shot... — Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots? marquee players?a hard-nosed linebacker who?s earned his standing as one of... more » the toughest guys in the league. He may be worth millions but his connection to a nightclub shooting two years before is still putting a dangerous spin on his life, and his career.
When Heywood?s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, and a winding trail through Boston?s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser?s protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser?s back. Because Heywood?s next unpredictable move puts everyone in jeopardy as the clock winds down on Akira?s future. « less
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When I heard that the Spenser series was going to continue after Robert B. Parker's death, I was skeptical about the ability of another author's ability to capture the nuances of Spenser and his supporting cast with any degree of success. I was very pleasantly surprised by Mr. Atkins' first two outings, Lullaby and Wonderland, but unfortunately Cheap Shot has realized my worst fears. The dialogue in this one felt forced and the plot was thin in my opinion, riddled with meaningless red herrings whose only function seemed to be extending the length of the novel rather than enhancing the story. Characterizations felt off, almost as if they had been dropped into a story not their own. I hope that the next novel, Kickback, will get the series back on track.