In the latest thriller featuring the legendary Boston PI, Spenser heads to the City of Angels to meet old friends and new enemies in a baffling missing person case that might shake Tinseltown to its core.
Gabby Leggett left her Boston family with dreams of making it big as a model/actress in Hollywood. Two years later, she disappears from her apartment. Her family, former boyfriend, friends--and the police--have no idea where she is and no leads. Leggett's mother hires Spenser to find her, with help of his former apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, now an L.A. private eye.
Spenser barely has time to unpack before the trail leads to a powerful movie studio boss, the Armenian mob, and a shadowy empowerment group some say might be a dangerous cult.
It's soon clear that Spenser and Sixkill may be outgunned this time, and series favorites Chollo and Bobby Horse ride to the rescue to provide backup. From the mansions of Beverly Hills to the lawless streets of a small California town, Spenser will need to watch his step. In Hollywood, all that glitters isn't gold. And not all those who wander are lost.
Bestseller Atkins's routine eighth Spenser novel (after 2018's Old Black Magic) takes Robert B. Parker's PI from his native Boston to Hollywood, in search of 23-year-old Gabby Leggett, an aspiring actress whose mother grew concerned after not hearing from her for over a week. Spenser is aided by old friend and colleague Zebulon "Z" Sixkill, who's filling in for Hawk as Spenser's partner and muscle. The pair pursue obvious leads from Gabby's personal life, including questioning her former boyfriend and current agent, Eric Collinson, who's less than cooperative and denies having any knowledge of her whereabouts. Her latest lover, Jimmy Yamashiro, the president and CEO of a major movie studio, won't disclose Gabby's current location, but reveals that she's been trying to blackmail him. Before long, Spenser and Z are menaced by the requisite gun-toting thugs, and Spenser must call in another old ally for help. It takes a while for Gabby's fate to be disclosed, a reveal that's neither original nor surprising. This by-the-numbers effort will appeal most to Parker devotees.
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I enjoyed the book very much, but for the first time I really noticed how much different and less complete Mr Atkins’ version of Spenser is from the character developed by Mr Parker. I did not feel Spenser coming alive in this book. Although the story will be familiar to many Spenser readers, I thought it was engaging. I hope that Mr Atkins spends more effort on his vision of the Spenser character next time as he does very well with his excellent Quinn Colson character.
First time reading Ace Atkin’s Spenser, and can’t wait for the next one! (Loved the “nod” to Robert Crais’s Joe Pike, too)