- Expected 15 Apr 2021
In the latest Spenser thriller, the legendary Boston PI and his young protégé Mattie Sullivan take on billionaire money manager running a network of underaged girls for his rich and powerful clients
Ten years ago, Spenser helped a teenage girl named Mattie Sullivan find her mother's killer and take down an infamous Southie crime boss. Now Mattie-a college student with a side job working for the tough but tender private eye - dreams of being an investigator herself. Her first big case involves a fifteen-year-old girl assaulted by a much older man at one of Boston's most prestigious private clubs. The girl, Chloe Turner, only wants the safe return of her laptop and backpack. But like her mentor and boss, Mattie has a knack for asking the right questions of the wrong people.
Soon Spenser and Mattie find ties between the exploitation of dozens of other girls from working class families to an eccentric billionaire and his sadistic henchwoman with a mansion on Commonwealth Avenue. The mystery man's wealth, power and connections extend well beyond Massachusetts - maybe even beyond the United States. Spenser and trusted ally Hawk must again watch out for Mattie as she unravels a massive sex-trafficking ring that will take them from Boston to Boca Raton to the Bahamas, crossing paths with local toughs, a highly-trained security company, and an old enemy of Spenser - the Gray Man - for a final epic showdown.
'Robert B Parker's Spenser is one of the best private detectives in fiction ' - Sunday Telegraph
'Spenser is as tough and funny as ever, and Atkins has become a worthy successor' - Booklist
In bestseller Atkins's tepid ninth contribution to Parker's Spenser franchise (after 2019's Angel Eyes), 22-year-old Mattie Sullivan, Spenser's "occasional secretary, part-time assistant, and sleuthing apprentice," needs his help. The younger sister of a friend of Mattie's, 15-year-old Chloe Turner, agreed to give a massage to a man at a swanky Boston club, but when the man began to masturbate in front of her, Chloe fled, leaving her backpack and laptop behind. When Mattie tried to retrieve the backpack and laptop, she was turned away at the club door. After Spenser gets involved, he learns that the pervert's name is Peter Steiner, a Jeffrey Epstein clone, complete with a female accomplice who procures underage girls for him and a private island in the Bahamas beyond the reach of law enforcement. Spenser devotes himself to taking Steiner down, confronting an old enemy en route to the pat ending. The ripped-from-the-headlines plot doesn't generate much suspense, and pulled punches dilute what could have been a memorable climax. Atkins seems to be going through the motions in this one.