Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot

by Ace Atkins

The Spenser Series



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The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins.

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 eight-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.

Reviews

"Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot shows why [Ace Atkins] was a perfect choice to continue the Spenser novels."—West Orlando News

"A stupendous addition to the series." —MysteryPeople.com

"Atkins is bringing his own energy and strengths to Parker's series. Cheap Shot is Spenser, by the book."—TampaBay.com

"Atkins's gift... could lead to a long run, to the delight of Spenser devotees." —Publishers Weekly

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paperback | Putnam | 2014 | ISBN: 9780425275191