Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot (Spenser Series #43)

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“Assured... Atkins’s gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, the the delight of Spenser devotees.”
Publishers Weekly

The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins.

Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players—a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest ...

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Overview

“Assured... Atkins’s gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, the the delight of Spenser devotees.”
Publishers Weekly

The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins.

Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players—a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.

Heywood’s troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywood’s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, 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 and return the child to the football star’s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akira’s future.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
In Atkins’s assured third Spenser novel (after 2013’s Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland), New England Patriots linebacker Kinjo Heywood, who suspects he’s being followed, hires PI Spenser to look into the perceived threats. Someone may be unhappy that Heywood, who was implicated in a shooting at a Manhattan nightclub, emerged from the investigation with only a weapons violation. The star’s reputation as a dirty player also could be behind the harassment, with opposing teams potentially seeking to rattle him just as the season gets underway. When Heywood’s seven-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, Spenser works frantically to bring Akira back safely, despite sometimes working at cross-purposes from the boy’s father. Because the “old Italian and Irish crews” that Spenser used to know are no more, he has to turn to new underworld sources for information. Atkins’s gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, to the delight of Spenser devotees. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-03
Boston's premier private eye signs on to recover the kidnapped son of one of Boston's sports heroes. Defensive lineman Kinjo Heywood is known for his crushing attacks on opposing quarterbacks. Now that a shadowy someone is following him around his hometown, his agent, Steven Rosen, and Patriots security chief Jeff Barnes are forced to play a different kind of defense. Brought in to find out who's forcing Kinjo to keep looking over his shoulder, Spenser has barely gotten started when Kinjo's second wife, Cristal, reports that his beloved son, Akira, 9, has been grabbed from her car on the way to school. Days pass with no word from the kidnappers, leaving Spenser and his trainee, Zebulon Sixkill, plenty of time to reopen the case of Cape Verde gangbanger Antonio Lima, shot two years ago in a Manhattan nightclub shortly after a scuffle with Kinjo over a waitress—a case Kinjo's brother Ray paid Lima's family handsomely to make go away. When a caller to a popular sports-talk radio show finally phones in a ransom demand for Akira, the $100,000 amount seems suspiciously low, and Spenser soon finds out why. His success puts him in tight with Kinjo but leaves him on the outs with the athlete's handlers and the cops. Then Kinjo takes to the airwaves himself to make a quixotic announcement that seems calculated to push the story, whose tension Atkins (Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, 2013, etc.) has so far managed admirably, over a cliff. And it does, as the tale fizzles out in a shower of forced entries, meetings with conveniently connected mobsters, eleventh-hour twists and bang bang bang. Two-thirds of a perfectly controlled kidnap tale, with Spenser close to his top form, crashes, burns and goes down without a trace in the end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399161582
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Spenser Series , #43
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 19,585
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
 
Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of fifteen books, including the forthcoming Quinn Colson novel The Forsaken. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written Robert. B. Parker’s Lullaby and Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    It is hard to match the work of Robert Parker but Ace Atkins is

    It is hard to match the work of Robert Parker but Ace Atkins is getting to be as close as you can. (I encourage you to read his Quinn Colson novels as well. After the first Spencer book I looked up Mr. Atkins and have really enjoyed that series as well). He has fine tuned his Spencer novels and they are getting better and better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Cris

    I read ur bio u sound cute

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Bliss

    Well people cal me cute so yeah i guess i am

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Longest post by professor what

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Hawk has been missing from the last few Spencer mysteries. He's

    Hawk has been missing from the last few Spencer mysteries. He's back in &quot;Cheap Shot&quot; and things are better for it. I read this straight through in about 2 days. It was an easy, fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    The trap

    Will be up soon. My nook is new.

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    Posted July 23, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    GO TO FIRST RES

    Interested deputies

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    I loved this one.  Ace Atkins has these characters down.  This h

    I loved this one.  Ace Atkins has these characters down.  This had every one of the people that makes up a great Spencer novel.  I can not wait till he writes another  one.  I received a copy of this book through goodreads for a fair and honest opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Great successor

    Ace Atkins is far and away the best of the bunch that have tried to keep up Parker's series. This latest is no exception. He "gets" Spenser and the world that Parker created, and he seems to be getting better and more comfortable in carrying things forward. If you like these latter Spenser books (and you should), definitely read Atkins "Ranger" series, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Bastard

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Spenser Rides Again

    Ace Atkins has mastered the Parker style. This book was very entertaining.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    A Gathering of Old Friends

    Ace hits it out of the park again. This book brought some of our old friends from RBP's day back together. Hawk, Z, Tony Marcus and Susan. They brought the backup to a story that tells of the anguish of having your child kidnapped. Lots of twists and turns that Spenser deals with in his award winning way. No one...and, I mean no one, stops Spencer from doing his job and what's right. I love that this series is continuing and consistently delivers. Do yourself a favor and read Ace Atkins other books. This man is a force to be reckoned with and you can always count on a good solid story.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Atkins does it again. I hope it is not sacrilegious to say that Ace's Spenser books have been better the last few of Parker's and this one is the best yet.

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    Posted May 29, 2014

    Panther

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Klarkson

    Needs a master

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    Posted May 27, 2014

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    Walks in I need a slave

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