Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring police chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as 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.
Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which--The Ranger and The Lost Ones--were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"). In addition, he is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
Praise for Robert B. Parker's Kickback
"It's great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life."--Kirkus Reviews
"A topical plot line propels bestseller Atkins's engrossing
fourth Spenser novel...Once again, Atkins has done a splendid job
of capturing the voice of the late Robert B. Parker."
--Publishers Weekly "Atkins does a wonderful job with the
characters created by Parker. To loyalists it may be heresy, but a
case can be made for the Atkins novels being better than some of
the last Spenser mysteries penned by Parker. A top-notch
thriller."--Booklist "Classic Spenser--the Spenser of wry wit,
tasty food and drinks, hard workouts and lethal
confrontations...Once again, Atkins has delivered a thriller that
evokes the best of Parker's Spenser series, not least the punchy
back-and-forth of the dialogue."--Associated Press "Written in
impeccable style by Ace Atkins...Robert B. Parker is smiling down
on this brilliant Spenser adventure. It's full of everything we've
come to expect from the Boston Private Investigator--action,
smart-mouthed sarcasm, the assistance of Hawk and most of all,
justice."--Suspense Magazine Praise for Ace Atkins and the
"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. In addition to the signature dialogue, all the familiars are fully resurrected: Susan, the sexy shrink; Pearl, the wonder dog; Hawk, the wonder sidekick; good cop Quirk, and, of course, Spenser himself, that consummate knight errant for the twenty-first century."--Kirkus Reviews "It's a feat when a writer creates characters who live and breathe on the page and make readers care and keep coming back for more. To manage that with someone else's characters, let alone with an icon like Spenser, is a minor miracle. Ace Atkins pulls it off."--Chicago Sun-Times