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Silent Night
by Robert B. Parker and Helen Brann

Overview - "Brann does a seamless job...Diehard Parker fans will be delighted." --"Publishers Weekly"
"A special treat for the holiday season - a rumination on Christmas, family, and the meaning of home as conceived by Robert B. Parker."
It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide.
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Overview
"Brann does a seamless job...Diehard Parker fans will be delighted." --"Publishers Weekly"
"A special treat for the holiday season - a rumination on Christmas, family, and the meaning of home as conceived by Robert B. Parker."
It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide's mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like him back on the street. But it's not a simple case of intimidation - Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street Business serves threatens not just the boys' safety and security, but their lives as well.
Unfinished at the time of his death, "Silent Night" was completed by Parker's longtime agent, whose decades-long association with Parker's work gives her unique insight and perspective to his voice and storytelling style. Her contribution also speaks volumes about their enduring friendship.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399157882
  • ISBN-10: 0399157883
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 229
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

Series: Spenser Holiday Novels

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Suspense

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Brann, the longtime agent of Robert B. Parker (1932–2010), does a seamless job of completing the unfinished manuscript of what’s billed as a Spenser holiday novel. The Boston PI gets a visit from an 11-year-old street kid, Slide, who asks that Spenser help out Jackie Alvarez, the director of an unlicensed shelter, Street Business, funded by Jackie’s affluent brother, Juan. Jackie, who’s been receiving threats, fears that someone is trying to close him down. Spenser takes the case, of course, enlisting his longtime muscle, Hawk, to watch his back while he gets into the requisite number of violent confrontations on the way to achieving justice. Love interest Susan Silverman lends support. As in Parker’s later books in the series and Ace Atkins’s pastiches, the storyline and characterizations offer more of the same with few surprises, but diehard Parker fans will be delighted. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (Oct.)

 
BookPage Reviews

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