Sixkill (Spenser Series #39)

Sixkill (Spenser Series #39)

by Robert B. Parker

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A bad-boy movie star named Jumbo pushes the limits of his reputation when he's accused of rape and murder. When the Boston PD calls on Spencer, he meets Jumbo's young bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and the two form an unlikely alliance. It's a high profile case for Spenser, but the Hollywood secrets he uncovers are sordidly unsavory- and not just those of the accused...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425246900
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Series: Spenser Series , #39
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 218,648
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Sixkill 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
KathyAAR More than 1 year ago
Another installment of Spenser as only the great Robert Parker could do it. I loved the new character of Sixkill. I will miss Slpenser's wit and wisdom. And I will forever miss Robert Parker's tremendous writing skills. A one of a kind author that entertains with every one of his books. It is like losing a dear friend. I would recommend the Spenser series to everyone!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
What a shame that the only review (so far) on this last novel by Robert B. Parker isn't about the book at all. I hope the website fixes this, not only for this book, but for all the so-called reviews which argue about the cost of ebooks or other topics. Sixkill is a fitting departure for Mr. Parker. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
markgalassi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
usual Robert Parker fare -- fun brain candy. this is probably the last Spenser novel ever, and I felt it had some improvements on other recent ones, as if he had recovered a bit of originality
Saisquoi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick read; fairly standard Robert Parker. Jumbo Nelson, a rather loathsome movie star/comedian, is suspected in the suspicious death of a young Boston-area woman. Quirk suspects he's being railroaded, so has Spenser look into matters.Lots of interplay between Spenser and Susan. No Hawk, but the introduction of Zebulon Sixkill makes Hawk's absence a little less painful.Oh, Parker and Spenser...I will miss you.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay granted this novel does not dererve a five but I did really enjoy the sixkill cree indian character. This five is for the many years that Parker has entertained me with his Spenser, Hawk and Susan, Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall novels. His witty dialogue and short one liners still always managed to tell a story and there is no one else who writes quite like he did. One of the last lines in sixkill is Life is a metaphor.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Parker's final Spenser novel delivers more of the same simple but enjoyable blend of action and wit as previous installments. A dead girl is found in a movie star's hotel room, and Spenser has been hired to learn the truth of the situation.There's a lot the same as previous installments, actually. Susan continues to eat so little it couldn't sustain an infant, while making brief but insightful commentary on Spenser's adventures. Hawk is off somewhere, but Spenser takes a buff Native American fellow under his wing, who cracks terse, sarcastic jokes about his own ethnicity. Basically, he's a Native American Hawk with some insecurity issues. There's little new here, but it's enjoyable enough. Must say I will miss this series; it's great brain candy.
JosephLYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Parker's 39th and final "Spencer" series book. Hawk is away in Central Asia and Spenser doesn't have anyone to watch his back. He is still with his Doctor/girlfriend and his dog Pearl frequently joins them in bed. This adventure features a young sixteen year old messed up girl, Dawn Lopata, who is killed while in the company of Jeromy Franklin Nelson, a movie star, A.K.A. Jumbo. Jumbo is the principle suspect in her suspicious death and the Media is screaming for his hide. Jumbo's bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, a Cree warrior, "Z" for short, is destroyed by Spencer while trying to throw Spenser off the set at Jumbo's direction. Z is the unfortunate offspring of alcoholic parents who was athletic, quick and a star alumni supported running back until he became romantically involved and lost his enthusiasm for hard workouts.. This also killed his alumni backing and school career when he was benched. Spenser's rescue nature kicked in and he took the humbled big strong but unskilled fighting Indian under his wing and started a rigorous workout regimen with the manager of the gym he and Hawk used to workout. Henry Cimoli as a favor to Spenser, gave Z an object lesson in boxing and agreed to help Spencer to teach Z the fighting skills he needed to be something more than a big strong ex jock. The fact that the mob has money invested in Jumbo makes them want to limit Spencer's investigations. The snappy humorous dialog between Spenser, his woman, Z, L.A. Detective, Cnty Attorny, Mobster's daughter and the protagonists that are killed in clockwork fashion are some of the reasons I've loved the Parker's characters. I'm really going to miss them all even though the publishing consortium is determined for the franchise to continue, I fear it just won't be the same.
iddrazin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker died in January 2010. This is his thirty-ninth and last novel in which private-eye Spenser appears. It is, like its predecessors, a superb book, with witty dialogue and suspenseful, with good characters and plot. Parker authored over fifty books. Hopefully, other books by this excellent writer will appear in the future. Anyone who hasn¿t read all of his books should do so now; they are very good. Parker¿s Spenser is a knight in sparklingly shining white armor. Like a bull dog ¿ although he is always calm and cool ¿ he catches hold of his cause and doesn¿t let go, even when he, a private eye, is fired from a case. He is, in a sense, a man¿s man. He is bold, courageous, intelligent, strong, capable, undaunted; yet he is compassionate and loving. His love affair with Susan ¿ although the two want to remain unmarried ¿ is passionate and caring, and he is able to overcome his feelings about Susan¿s abandonment of him and her adultery with another man, mentioned in prior books. He is remarkably faithful to Susan despite her betrayal, even rejecting the repeated attempted seductions by fabulously beautiful and successful women. He attracts friendships with police and murderers, with the murderers willing to sacrifice their lives and go into battle to help him.We are introduced to a new character in this thriller, a likable American Indian, who he saves from drunkenness, who helps him solve the crime of a girl who dies during a sexcapade with a popular oversexed and grossly overweight and despicable actor.
NellieMc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Spenser. Liked the new sidekick. Susan wasn't too annoying. Not an intricate plot but hard - nosed. Will miss Parker.RIP
bitsy08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the new character, Z. Can't even imagine a conversation between Spenser, Hawk and Z but sure hope I get to read it in the near future. For some reason I enjoyed this book more than his others which is not to say I didn't enjoy them. I'm looking forward to the new novels with trepidation and hope. Trepidation because I don't know if they can find anyone to write as if RBP hasn't died, and hope because I hope the novels continue and not die with him.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jumbo Nelson, fat and famous movie actor, is accused of killing a young girl, Dawn Lopato, who was enamored with him and had sex with him. Martin Quirk isn't quite sure that he's guilty, disgusting pig that he is. He asks Spenser to look into it, with Rita Fiore, Nelson's lawyer and Spenser's friend.In place of Hawk, Spenser has Zebulan Sixkill, Nelson's bodyguard until Spenser bested him. All one can say about Sixkill is that it's typical Parker and typical Spenser, a lot of philosophizing about life, Susan, the type of people they are, etc. There's little action. There's a quick ending. There's a lot of Susan and Spenser, Spenser and Susan, etc. The book highlights Spenser's quick wit, self deprecating manner and mentions most of his friends from previous books. It is a fitting final Spenser novel...yes I know someone else is going to keep the Spenser name alive, but it ain't Robert Parker, so it's not authentic.A good way to say goodbye to Parker.
laytonwoman3rd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the last Spenser novel "completed by Parker before his death". That's the official description. I assume it's worded that way to cover the likelihood that some of his not-completed Spenser stories may be fleshed out by his estate-sanctioned successor, recently announced to be Ace Atkins. Parker has created an interesting new character, a Spenser protege and potential sidekick, Zebulon Sixkill, a Cree Indian who needs a stable influence in his life. I like "Z" and I'm sure Parker intended to feature him again. I just don't know whether I'll ever decide to read Atkins's contributions. Interestingly, this book ends with Spenser driving west, not into a sunset, but into a lightening sky, toward the love of his life. I'm real happy to leave him there.
jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fitting finale to a great series
KimSmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little too much Spenser and Susan. Liked the Sixkill character. Would love to see him again with Spenser's other counterparts.
bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so sad that this is the final Spenser novel, though was thrilled when I found out that this novel was in the publishing pipeline, when Robert B Parker died. He maintained my interest in his characters through something like 38 books in this series, and several other series and stand-alones as well. I'll miss Spenser, Susan, Pearl, Hawk and the rest of the gang (even though Hawk didn't make an appearance in this book, since he was supposedly over in China or somewhere during the story. Presumably, had not RBP died, Hawk would have come home and thrilled us all some more.) The introduction of Zebulon Sixkill into the story line was nice -- I like to think that had the author not died, Spenser would have kept mentoring him and he would become a new "regular" in the series.The story itself was pretty much the usual Spenser, complete with bad bad-guys, good dialogue and just enough Pearl to keep me happy. Love that the relationship between Spenser and Susan hasn't grown stale to them or to the reader through 38 stories. I just wish I had the story arc from here out. Farewell, my friends. I'll miss you all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really solid. Another satisfying read from Robert B. Parker.
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Sadly, Mr. Parker's last Spenser tome. Sixkill is a solid addition to the Spenser library. Typical Spenser dialogue and action. However, with it being Parker's last Spenser, I missed having one more engagement with Hawk and the rest of the typical gang who are largely missing from this effort.