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Publisher's Summary

Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players - a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.
Heywood’s troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywood’s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston’s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser’s protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser’s back and return the child to the football star’s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akira’s future.
©2014 Ace Atkins (P)2014 Random House Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Josephine Winfrey on 06-09-14

I thought I had lost Spenser

If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, witty, nice

What other book might you compare Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot to and why?

I really can't make a comparison because this is Ace's first attempt.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Hawk.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

I thought that after Robert B. Parker's death that was the end of Spenser. However, Ace Atkins has done a formidable job of carrying on the Spenser tradition. He has adequately gotten the nuances of Spenser's psyche and has accurately portrayed the supporting characters. I would suggest to continue with Joe Mantegna's narrating the series. He also gets the characters. I've listened to other narrators of the Spenser books and there is NO comparison to Joe M.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Joe on 05-21-14

More of the same but lacking interesting moments

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story line seemed to be dragged out a bit. Not much of a reason for this as it turned out. I like these books most of the time but this one was a disappointment.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ace Atkins again?

I probably will because I like the caracters but I will be hoping for a much more interesting story. I will look more closely at the reveiws.

Did Joe Mantegna do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I think he is one of the best at doing just that, differentiating. I like his pace and delivery. He lets you know who the carracters are without too much he said she said. It is always well done.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Diappointment as I said before. I was hoping for more. I thought about not finishing this book but I kept hoping it would get better! It was still better than listing to the radio.

Any additional comments?

I just want to get a better book next time.. I was talking to some people in a book store in Solvang the other day and we all agreed that it would be tough driving home or to work without the books on tape. Probably the best cure for road rage in the LA area!!!

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