Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46) by Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)

Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions.The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most val...


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TitleRobert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)
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Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction
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Reviews Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)

  • Kemper
    1970-01-01
    I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like books by Ace Atkins.Spenser is asked to look into a famous unsolved art heist, but since it occurred twenty years ago the trail is very cold and the museum people he’d be working for are couple of overbearing snobs guaranteed to be a pain in the ass. The only reasons to take the case are a five million dollar reward for the...
  • Scott
    1970-01-01
    "I thought the private detective motto was 'We never sleep.'" - suspect Alan Garner"That's the Pinkertons. I have a different [one]." - Spenser"And what's that?" - Garner"Coffee before justice." - SpenserThe Beantown P.I. returns in another really good twisty mystery-adventure. This time Spenser is asked to work a cold case - on behalf of an older, ailing colleague - involving stolen artwork from a museum heist twenty years ago and a lot of nefar...
  • Monnie
    1970-01-01
    I won't say I liked the plot in this book as well as others I've read, but my husband and I - both long-time fans of the Spenser series - agree that the Boston private eye's "voice" here is more true to that of original series author, the late Robert B. Parker. In 2011, Parker's estate chose Ace Atkins to carry on the legacy, and he's written - if my research is correct - six Spenser books prior to this one (all of which we've read and enjoyed).T...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Oh Spenser, how I've missed you! It's been at least 15 years since I've read a Spenser novel, not counting the rereads. I certainly understand why Ace Atkins was chosen by the Parker estate to take on this series. This book was everything I remember a Spenser novel being. Spenser still pisses off the cops, cooks up a storm, has Pearl and Susan! And hangs out at Henry's gym. The only thing missing was Hawk. This had a very Maltese Falcon feel to i...
  • Sheryl
    1970-01-01
    Spencer is approached by a dying gentleman, Mr. Locke who is also a Private Investigator who was hired twenty years ago by The Winthrop museum to recover three pieces of art that seem to have vanished off the face of the earth. This heist wasn’t a professional hit by any means, it was sloppy and one of the pieces were torn. Mr. Locke has been all over the world and back looking for these three pieces, one is a small Picasso, Goya but the prize ...
  • Tim
    1970-01-01
    ROBERT B. PARKER’S OLD BLACK MAGIC is written by Ace Atkins, who’s written several fine books in the Spenser series since the passing of Robert B. Parker.Spenser has had experience with a case involving art previously, but this case is in another league altogether. “Gentlemen in Black” is an extremely valuable piece of art that Spenser is hired to locate by a Boston museum, and was stolen in a crime more than twenty years ago, and as Spen...
  • Mark
    1970-01-01
    This is the most recent of the post Robert B. Parker Spenser novels and it well worthy of some praise.Some of the late Parker written novels were meandering more about Parker and his dame. The continuation novels show a far leaner and more PI oriented approach towards Spenser and they feel far more adventurous somehow.Anyhow Spenser gets approached by a collegae in the PI trade to pickup his work concerning a twenty year old robbery concerning th...
  • Scott
    1970-01-01
    I have been reading Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” mystery series since the 1980’s when my English professor introduced the first book in the series “The Godwulf Manuscript” to me and invited me to write a paper comparing and contrasting Spenser with some classic character that I can no longer remember. However, Spenser I never forgot. I grew to love him over the years and looked forward every spring to a new outing with my private inve...
  • Gloria Feit
    1970-01-01
    From the publisher: Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions. The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston’s premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when the mu...
  • Chris Conley
    1970-01-01
    Let’s face it, I have been a sucker for Spenser since day one. I think Ace Atkins has done a masterful job of picking up the pen in Robert Parker’s absence. I did think this one was a little short on the snap and humor of earlier books but the understory was not too cheerful, anyway. I do enjoy these characters.
  • Robert James
    1970-01-01
    Another winner from Atkins. I think this one may be the best. There is an actual mystery and Spenser has to follow the clues with Vinnie Morris at his side instead of Hawk. Would have liked Hawk to have made an appearance. Susan is kept in the background again which seems to be this author's prerogative instead of where Parker dedicated chapter after chapter to Susan and Spenser's undying love in his last few books.
  • Paul Wilner
    1970-01-01
    I liked Robert Parker. I like Ace Atkins. I liked this book, with a couple of (minor) caveats. Deductions for getting too heavily into Spencer's gourmet cooking habits (imitation not always the sincerest form of flattery) and one-armed push-ups. Bonus point: Fabian mention. Overall, this was a fun read.
  • Sheryl
    1970-01-01
    Spencer is approached by a dying gentleman, Mr. Locke who is also a Private Investigator who was hired twenty years ago by The Winthrop museum to recover three pieces of art that seem to have vanished off the face of the earth. This heist wasn’t a professional hit by any means, it was sloppy and one of the pieces were torn. Mr. Locke has been all over the world and back looking for these three pieces, one is a small Picasso, Goya but the prize ...
  • Hapzydeco
    1970-01-01
    Ace Atkins may not be Robert B. Parker, but this is a good read. With Hawk’s absence, Vinnie Morris performs the role of Spenser’s backup. Atkins makes a good effort blending Spenser's humor into the narrative.
  • Jeff Dickison
    1970-01-01
    Atkins is competent, but not spectacular, in his efforts to continue Spenser's legacy. Spenser is trying to solve a cold case of art theft as a favor to a dying detective. The case is quickly solved, but Hawk is missing and Susan is stuck way in the background. Recommended only to true Spencer fans.
  • Michael crage
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed the book. Aktins did almost a good job with the story and people as Robert B. Parker did. And no one wrote a better mystery than Parker that tells you the book is worth reading.
  • Art
    1970-01-01
    Ace Atkins continues to weave Parker's magic into Spenser, continuing the highly moral modern knight's quest for good to defeat evil.An aging detective, knowing he is about to die, asks Spenser to solve his one unsolved case. Spenser can not refuse, of course, which sends him into a decades old crime involving former and current Mobsters.Susan and Pearl are here, along oth some other familiar faces. But I must admit I missed Hawk a great deal.
  • Hobart
    1970-01-01
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- Wow. The Forty-Sixth Spenser novel. Atkins' seventh, too -- it's hard to believe. I can still remember some of these as clearly as if I read them yesterday -- I'm a little vague on some of them, I have to admit (sorry Bad Business and Painted Ladies), but by and large, this is one of those series that's defined me as a reader. This is one of those that in years to come that I'm going to rem...
  • Jay
    1970-01-01
    The quintessential Boston PI is back as Spenser finds himself emmeshed in a case that echoes the real life Gardner museum robbery.Spenser gets drawn into the case of the still unsolved Winthrop museum art robbery by an old friend named Locke. The fellow investigator is dying and wants Spenser's help to regain three lost treasures.Once Spenser is involved he finds himself dealing with a varying degree of people that all have legitimate and illegit...
  • LInda L
    1970-01-01
    I have enjoyed all of Ace Atkin's books -- he was a great choice to write about Spenser. Of course it isn't EXACTLY the same as RBP'S books -- because it isn't him. However, I think he does an admirable job and I particularly liked this one, even though I missed Hawk. Still, Vinnie was there whenever Spenser needed him. The art world was an interesting change, and I loved hearing about the stolen pictures. Now I'm wondering if I should not have g...
  • Stacy Bearse
    1970-01-01
    Can an acolyte outdo his master? Yes. Ace Atkins out-Parkers Robert B. Parker with this latest installment of the long-running Spenser series. Atkins, who was hired to continue the series after Parker’s death, has created a masterful mystery and one of the best Spenser books in memory. Bring this one to the beach.
  • Marian
    1970-01-01
    Ace Atkins does a really good Robert Parker. He's a little more wordy, but he's just as funny. Also I appreciate that Ace has brought back Spenser's cooking skills. Back in the beginning of the series (waaaaay back) Spenser used to cook a lot, and he never used a recipe. Ace has done his Spenser research, and I appreciate that.
  • Steve
    1970-01-01
    June 2-18 Book on tape. I decided on this story, in large part due to the narrator: Joe Mantegna . He does a superb job of conveying the old Spencer attitudes. It's funny but I don't remember the cheater Vinnie Morris as the one portrayed in this story. I always thought of Vinnie and the silent and deadly type. This Vinnie spoke often. I do recommend this as a book on tape!!!! PS And the gym has reverted back to its roots.
  • Warren Nast
    1970-01-01
    Another enjoyable Spenser book by Ace Atkins. He catches the voice and modernized it enough that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between his and Robert B. Parker. I look forward to these books every year and it is the one time I am a Boston fan.
  • Gloria Bernal
    1970-01-01
    I’ve been a Spenser fan for many years. I enjoy his quick witted sarcasm, his cooking, choices of music and drinks and his true loyal nature. He takes on cases that matter to him sometimes just for the fact that he doesn’t like to see an underdog taken advantage of. His personal relationship with the lady in his life, Susan has always been entertaining to me as he is fiercely loyal to her their dog Pearl, and seems satisfied with their close ...
  • Jodi
    1970-01-01
    Ace Atkins continues to be a worthy if not brilliant successor to Robert B. Parker. He understands the characters and the dialogue and the pacing, all of which are generally more important than the story. But in the case, where Hawk is absent, there needs to be more story than usual and this one just didn't pull me in. It was obvious that the story about an art theft at the Winthrop museum was really about the art theft at the Isabella Stewart Ga...
  • npaw
    1970-01-01
    So torn on this rating. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist as the story line was awesome. It’s one of my all time favorite museums in the world. The return of Spencer’s details regarding his love and knowledge of food and cooking that I have missed like an old friend is back. Bringing back GIno Fish’s boy toy, brilliant. You would think with all that this would have been 5 stars. It should have been. It’s hard to decide if it’s e...
  • Jerry B
    1970-01-01
    We continue to enjoy Atkins’ extensions to the famous 39-book Parker set of Spenser tales, this being the 7th. While Spenser may not be as quick with witticisms as in the past, the diminished role of his monogamous adoration of gal pal Susan is more than an even trade!In “Magic”, Spenser is hired to find a famous painting stolen some 20 years ago from a museum, partially as a favor to a dying investigator friend. Hawk is away in South Ameri...
  • Brent Soderstrum
    1970-01-01
    This is the 46th book from the Spenser series that was originally written by Robert B. Parker and has been taken over by Ace Atkins following Parker's death.In this adventure Spenser is investigating a 20 year old art robbery from a museum. Hawk is out of the country so Vinnie helps out in the investigation. Not much Susan which is a good thing.Lots of Spenser meeting with a wide variety of characters for a drink or food talking about what happen...
  • Roger
    1970-01-01
    I just got to spend another day with my favorite Boston PI, Spenser. When Robert B Parker died I was not sure I would ever cross paths with Spenser again, but Ace Atkins has written seven excellent novels featuring the sleuth and his beloved supporting cast. Though I will always miss Mr Parker I feel confident in Atkins-he has earned my trust. Old Black Magic features a search for a painting stolen twenty years ago. Spenser loops in Vinnie Morris...