Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins
Spenser is in his office when his latest client enters. Mattie Sullivan is only fourteen, a girl too old for her age from South Boston, Southie. She wants Spenser to find her mother's killer. Her mother was raped, stabbed, and run over by a car four years earlier. Mattie doesn't believe the man arrested for the murder is guilty. She saw her mother snatched from the street by two men and stuffed in a car. She even knew who the men were. But who listens to a kid, the daughter of an addict? Only Spenser, and, eventually Hawk.
There was something about Mattie that reminded him of Paul Giacomin, the lost young man who he took under his wing and taught to be a man. Mattie was tough and smart, surviving on her own with no adult who really cared. And, Susan Silverman could see how much he bonded with a client who he asked to pay him in doughnuts. Susan could see their similarity. "Mattie works like you. She annoys people until they trip up."
Mattie and Spenser annoy the wrong people in this book, everyone from an FBI agent to all kinds of crooks. And, Spenser is just fine with annoying people, until the wrong people go after Mattie.
Faults with the book? I understand some people have objected to Mattie's language. For Pete's sake, she's a kid living in a housing project raising herself and her two sisters after seeing her mother snatched from the street. What kind of language do they expect this kid to use? Faults or flaws with the book? I didn't see any. It was wonderful to meet up with Spenser, Hawk, Quirk, and Rita Fiore again. Even Susan Silverman wasn't as irritating as she was in recent years.
So, here's a thank you to Ace Atkins. Thanks for bringing Spenser back to us in Robert B. Parker's Lullaby.
Ace Atkins' website is www.aceatkins.com
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 2012. ISBN 9780399158032 (hardcover), 310p.
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