Review: Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot: A Spenser Novel, by Ace Atkins

This is the third Spenser novel by Atkins, who was chosen by the Parker estate to continue writing about the Boston-based tough guy detective. This time Spenser is called upon to solve the kidnapping of nine year old Akira, son of Kinjo Heywood, one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players and his divorced wife, Nicole. Spenser again relies on strong and silent types Hawk and Z as the team to watch his back and his girlfriend–Cambridge based shrink, Susan–for insight into Heywood’s family and entourage. Part of the fun for us locals is the Boston location. Heywood’s McMansion is on Heath Street in Chestnut Hill and Spenser is all over our area to find the bad guys.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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