Robert B Parker's Little White Lies

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Oldcastle Books, Sep 21, 2017 - Fiction - 224 pages

Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con man's trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of the iconic crime series. After conning everyone from the cable news shows to the local cops, it looks like the grifter's latest double cross may be his last.

Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment.

But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser's card.

A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with authority about politics and world events. But when he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge.

Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his resume, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth won't be easy, as he'll have to keep the mystery man alive long enough to get back his client's money. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles's next con is his last.

'Robert B Parker's Spenser is one of the best private detectives in fiction ' - Sunday Telegraph

'Spenser is as tough and funny as ever, and Atkins has become a worthy successor' - Booklist

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User Review  - lewilliams - www.librarything.com

In reading Little White Lies you would have thought this story was penned by Robert B. Parker instead of Ace Atkins. Atkins has once again carried on the Spencer series to the highest degree of the P ... Read full review

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User Review  - CSDaley - LibraryThing

Ace Atkins continues to deliver good Spenser novels. I will say this was my least favorite of his. It was a little light on plot and heavy on Spenser and Hawk. This is a good fun summer formula but it ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

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.

As a reporter, Ace earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s. The story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow, which earned raves from noted authors and critics. In his next novels, Wicked City, Devil's Garden, and Infamous, blended first-hand interviews and original research into police and court records with tightly woven plots and incisive characters. The historical novels told great American stories by weaving fact and fiction into a colorful, seamless tapestry.

The Broken Places, The Lost Ones, and The Ranger - all part of the unfolding Quinn Colson saga - represent a return to Ace's first love: hero-driven series fiction. Colson is a real hero-a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan-who comes home to north Mississippi to fight corruption on his home turf. The stories, contemporary tales with a dash of classic westerns and noir, are currently in development for a major television series.

Ace lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family.

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