PI Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, takes on corruption in the justice system in this stellar New York Times bestselling thriller in Robert B. Parker’s series.
What started out as a joke landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Mass., where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life.
Leading the movement is tough-as-nails judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about coming down hard on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. From the Harbor Islands to a gated Florida community, Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld with links to a shadowy corporation that runs New England’s private prisons. They eventually uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups in the old mill town, where hundreds of kids are sent off to for-profit juvie jails.
A topical plot line propels bestseller Atkins's engrossing fourth Spenser novel (after 2014's Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot). Sheila Yates, a resident of Blackburn, Mass., turns to the Boston PI for help when her teenage son, Dillon, is arrested and charged with terrorism after setting up a fake Twitter account for his high school vice principal. In Blackburn's juvenile court system, the accused are routinely denied the right to counsel. Judge Scali, the "Zero Tolerance for Minors guy," sentences Dillon to Fortune Island, a boot camp supposedly designed to rehabilitate offenders. In Blackburn, Spencer receives a less than warm welcome and quickly learns the extent of the problem. Atkins builds tension by alternating Spenser's wry first-person narration with third-person sections recounting the horrific conditions on Fortune Island. Lending support are Spenser's wingman, the deadly Hawk, and his soul mate, psychiatrist Susan Silverman. Once again, Atkins has done a splendid job of capturing the voice of the late Robert B. Parker. Author tour.
Almost like Robert Parker
He's come a long way. Not perfect, but much better than his past tries.
So good and feels like home
I enjoy the series and so glad it is continuing in the manner it has always been written. Here’s to many more. I loved this one.
Does not check facts
Atkins is getting better but his books are not seamless with how Parker wrote and I do not expect they ever will be. To much product placement in his books. Also does not check facts, F. Lee Bailey is NOT dead and Tampa Bay Rays haven't been the Devil Rays since 2008, those are just 2 examples. "Spenser" loves sports and would know that. I'm confused about why we didn't find out who the "kid" was.