Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn - Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn

By Ace Atkins

  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 108 Ratings


Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis in this adventure in Robert B. Parker’s iconic New York Times bestselling series.

The fire at a boarded-up Catholic church raged hot and fast, lighting up Boston’s South End and killing three firefighters who were trapped in the inferno. A year later, as the city prepares to honor their sacrifice, there are still no answers about how the deadly fire started. Most at the department believe it was just a simple accident: faulty wiring in a century-old building. But Boston firefighter Jack McGee, who lost his best friend in the blaze, suspects arson.

McGee is convinced department investigators aren’t sufficiently connected to the city’s lowlifes to get a handle on who's behind the blaze—so he takes the case to Spenser. Spenser quickly learns not only that McGee might be right, but that the fire might be linked to a rash of new arsons, spreading through the city, burning faster and hotter every night. Spenser follows the trail of fires to Boston’s underworld, bringing him, his trusted ally Hawk, and his apprentice Sixkill toe-to-toe with a dangerous new enemy who wants Spenser dead, and doesn’t play by the city’s old rules. Spenser has to find the firebug before he kills again—and stay alive himself.


  • Slow Burn

    By boots saddle
    Great read in the Parker/Spencer tradition.
  • Keeping friendship alive

    By YCHIJ3K
    I suppose that most of us who read and reread Spenser do so because it takes us to a familiar, comfortable place. My mom sent me The Godwulf Manuscript in 1986 and after laughing out loud two or three times in the first few chapters, I was hooked. Over the years, I looked forward to each new edition the way I looked forward to getting together with old friends during my travels. Sometimes those meetings don’t go so well. One of us is having a bad day; the restaurant we choose is too loud; the food is off; not much has happened since we last met or we have to reach a bit to keep the conversation going. Parker himself fell flat once in a while. But longtime friends know this, give each other a break and keep coming back unless they’re convinced that the relationship has nothing to offer anymore. By any literal accounting, Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Quirk and the other characters would all be in their late seventies or early eighties by now. Ace Atkins does an admirable job of preserving what we love about them and “Slow Burn” is no exception. If anything, I’m even more excited than usual about our next meeting as a showdown with Tony D. looms. Keep ‘em coming Ace...
  • Robert B Parker Would Be Proud

    By Aliyah A
    Although I was disappointed with the new author's first attempt at his continuation of the Spencer series, I'm so pleased I gave him another chance with this, his second novel. He has now truly captured the writing style, flow, and nuances of Robert B Parker. Had I not read his name below Parker's on this cover, I would have thought it written by the original author. I will very much be looking forward to picking up the next installment, and once again catching up with the lives of the characters...characters who also became my friends on the day I purchased the first novel.
  • Blah!

    By BrianL99
    Worst Spenser ever. Strictly amateur hour. Don't waste your money on this one, it's a loser.
  • Slow Burn

    By Schroe4
    This book is very disappointing. It does not have the feel a a true Spenser book. The names are the same but it is a poor attempt at copying the real thing. I have never found it monotonous to read Spenser, but these last 2 have gotten worse and worse. Really, really unfortunate, at least I can reread the old ones! Richard