Fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan has approached Spenser for help, asking him to find her mother's killer. But her mother, Julie Sullivan, was killed some four years back; and a local man, Mickey Green, was convicted of her murder that very same year. Mattie is, by all appearances, an emotionally damaged kid. But she's also gruff, street-smart and fearless - qualities close to Spenser's heart. As such, he agrees to look into Mickey Green's case: figuring the least he can do is force Mattie to face the facts, and put an end to her denial. But Mattie's instincts are correct. And soon Spenser realizes that it's not her, but the record on her mother's killing, which needs to be set straight.
"Handpicked by the Parker estate to be the keeper of the flame for the Spenser franchise, award-winning author Ace Atkins...rises flawlessly to the occasion."--"Kirkus Reviews "
""Lullaby "is pure Spenser...pitch-perfect."--"BookReporter.com"
"Wisecrack-filled dialogue and...[a] vivid sense of place. Atkins succeeds...in a book that hits all the usual Spenser notes.""--Chicago Sun-Times"
"Atkins captures Parker's distinctive voice, the sardonic, self-deprecating, sharply observant first-person narration that makes the Spenser books so compelling, and so much fun...And best of all, it has Spenser...Lucky for us, he's not done yet."--"Tampa Bay Times "
"Even the most fanatical Parker fans would be hard pressed to identify any aspect of this Spenser novel that doesn't read as if it were penned by Spenser's late creator.""--Publishers Weekly "
"A brisk read.""--Boston Daily "
"Atkins has brought back everything we love about Robert B. Parker's Boston P.I. Spenser...[He] takes the reins of the Spenser series with self-assured ease...He also proves he's the right man for the job."--"Mystery People "
Ace Atkins is the author of eleven novels, including The Ranger, which was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the Jesse Stone novels, the acclaimed Virgil Cole / Everett Hitch westerns, and the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.