Robert B. Parker's Kickback

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Thorndike Press, Jun 3, 2015 - Fiction - 402 pages
P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in this stellar addition to the iconic "New York Times"-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins.
What started out as a joke landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that's exactly what happened.
This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life.
Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today's wild youth. But Dillon's mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn't buying Scali's line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing.
From the Harbor Islands to a gated Florida community, Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld with links to a shadowy corporation that runs New England's private prisons. They eventually uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups in the old mill town, where hundreds of kids are sent off to for-profit juvie jails.

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User Review  - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing

Atkins continues to do a good job with this series, and I admire the fact that he owns up to how long our man Spenser has been at his rough profession by letting age impair him just a little bit. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - atticusfinch1048 - LibraryThing

Kickback – Another Brilliant Spenser Novel Once again Ace Atkins has captured the essence of Robert B. Parker’s Private Eye Spenser who works the mean streets of Boston and the wider Commonwealth of ... Read full review

About the author (2015)

Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of seventeen books, including five books in the Quinn Colson series." "Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, he has also written "Robert. B. Parker's Lullaby," " Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, " and "Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot, " all of which were "New York Times "bestsellers. Atkins lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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