ROBERT B. PARKER'S
(The new Spenser novel)
Published by No Exit Press March 2014
Paperback: 190 pages
My Rating: 9 / 10
About the Book:
Aspiration, greed, and twisted dreams all focus on the old Wonderland dog track where the famous amusement park once fronted the ocean. For Spenser and Z, this simple favor to Henry will become the fight of their lives.
Wonderland is the first 'Spenser' novel I've read so I didn't know quite what to expect. I was worried that it may be too 'heavy' and dull and full of references to past novels that I hadn't read......but to my surprise and delight, it was none of those. I actually really enjoyed it.
I immediately liked Spenser, a wise-cracking intelligent thug who's dry humour made me laugh:
I got out of my car and met them halfway up the path.
'You Spenser?' said the bald guy.
'You come here to see Mr. Rose?'
The beefy guy eyed me. He stuck his hands in his pockets and turned to his partner. His mouth twitched a bit. The bald guy just stared straight at me, not appraising as much as telegraphing unpleasantness. 'Mr. Rose doesn't know who the f**k you are.' Beefy said.
'I take it you are paraphrasing.'
'Well, surely a former Harvard professor would never say "f**k."
Even though the above paragraph has bad language in it, there is not a great amount of swearing in the novel.
The Wonderland in the story was an Amusement Park built around a hundred years ago, now it was an abandoned dog track in a prime location on the beach. The story centres on building a Casino and making money, lots of it.
|A disused Amusement Park, similar to the one in the story called 'Wonderland'|
A great read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
About the Author:
A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, Ace Atkins published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30. In addition to numerous awards, Ace was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston's iconic private eye, Spenser.
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Source: I received this book from RealReaders in exchange for an honest review.