A Spenser Novel

Book - 2011
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On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead girl come to light, it's Spenser--with Nelson's bodyguard Zebulon Sixkill at his side--who must put things right
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2011
ISBN: 9780399157264
Branch Call Number: MYS Park
Characteristics: 293 p. : map ; 24 cm


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Jan 03, 2016

Sadly, Mr. Parker's final book, which gladly doesn't disappoint. The passing of Mr. Parker heralds the passing of a reader's friend and friendship. RIP.

Feb 03, 2013

This is one laid back Spencer. Story is ok. But what kept me turning the pages is the exchange between Spencer and "Z"; and Spencer and Susan. No stress here. Just a nice boat ride on a calm pond bordered with tall willow trees. Kinda sad it's Parker's last book. But he does have a backlog catalog that I didn't got to yet. I'll be sure to return to it soon.

Dec 17, 2011

Sixkill ---- by Robert B. Parker c - 2011 (Spenser Novel) ---- A very good read ----
I Enjoy Mr. Parkers works and love the Humor ---- Enjoy! ----RichardPaul

Dec 06, 2011

Fast read and a real page turner. The new character as Spenser's understudy can become a regular like Hawk.

Aug 29, 2011

Typical Spenser, which I love. Will miss this author's wit & the cast of characters who have come to feel like people I know.

Aug 15, 2011

I started reading the Spencer series in the late 70s. I think Parker reached his peak with "A Catskill Eagle", and held that peak for a decade. His more recent Spencer novels were somewhat predictable, but were like visiting old friends. If you are starting to read Parker/Spencer, go back and start as early as possible in the series

Aug 04, 2011

The last of the Spenser novels is a fine way to end this series. How sad that Parker passed away; I was hoping that he would have expanded his Sunni series. However; clearly not to happen. This offering is very Spenser/Parker-like. The story line is predictable, the outcome what I expected and yet there is a comfort reading this book, like reading his other writing. When I pick up one of his books I know that I am going to be entertained. Fare-thee-well Robert Parker; I have enjoyed reading your work through the years.

Aug 02, 2011

was a great book it is to bad it is his last

NZaleske Jun 01, 2011

Always fun to read Robert Parker. This one was very good.

debwalker May 19, 2011

"This is the last Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker, who died in January, 2010. It isn’t the greatest of the series; those were done back in the 1970s and ’80s, when Parker was single-handedly reviving the private-eye genre. It’s been 40 years since the first Spenser novel, and I can still recall how exciting it was to read books like God Save the Child and Looking for Rachel Wallace. Sixkill is part of that tradition and, if it’s not the best of the Spenser series, it’s a long way from the worst.

Once again, we have a dead young woman. An actor better known for his off-screen antics than his on-screen talents is accused of raping and murdering her. The Boston PD calls in Spenser because, despite his very guilty appearance, they just aren’t convinced that the ill-favoured Jumbo Nelson is a killer.

The investigation teams Spenser with Jumbo’s native American bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and it’s that relationship (and that character) that makes this book as good as it is. It’s been a while since Parker’s real brilliance at character creation shone, and it does here. The pair go on a trail that leads to some very unlikely places and reveals some dark secrets, including some about Sixkill himself. By the end, I didn’t really care about the mystery, but I did care about these two unlikely friends. This ability – to make the reader care about the character – was always Parker’s finest tribute. At the end, Spenser heads west, and it’s a fitting end to one of crime writing’s legends."
Margaret Cannon
Globe & Mail May 16 2011

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