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Spenser novels volume 42.
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Penguin Publishing Group 2013
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A special gift for the holiday season—a rumination on Christmas as conceived by Robert B. Parker.“Brann does a seamless job…Diehard Parker fans will be delighted.” —Publishers WeeklyIt’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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Robert B. Parker. (2013). Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Robert B. Parker. 2013. Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel. Penguin Publishing Group.

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A special gift for the holiday season—a rumination on Christmas as conceived by Robert B. Parker.
“Brann does a seamless job…Diehard Parker fans will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly

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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        September 2, 2013
        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.

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        October 1, 2013
        Just what you've been waiting for: Spenser and his circle celebrate Christmas by asking some questions, doing some good deeds and shooting down some bad guys. Resurrected this time by Parker's agent and literary executor Brann, the Boston shamus (Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, 2013, etc.) is pulled back into the ring by Jackie Alvarez, who runs the unlicensed shelter Street Business, and Slide, one of the kids ("eleven going on thirty") he's taken in. Somebody is evidently bent on driving Street Business out of business, and Jackie wants the harassment to stop or at least wants to know who's responsible. Jackie's older brother Juan, a wealthy importer-exporter, has always supported Street Business financially and logistically, even to the point of sending two brutal minions to serve as Jackie's gofers. But he's kept his distance from his brother, and neither his meeting with Spenser at a society fundraiser nor the news that Spenser's been asking Juan's girlfriend, Carmen, a retired tennis player, questions brings the brothers closer together in time to light the Yuletide log. As Spenser goes through his routines--huddling with his main man, Hawk, calling in favors from Frank Belson of Boston Homicide and Capt. Healy of the State Police, working out at the gym, indulging in some discreet hanky-panky with his live-in therapist Dr. Susan Silverman, stuffing a turducken for the holiday dinner--you can feel Brann ticking off the boxes without adding anything of her own except for Christmas, which is a passing strange addition to the franchise. The mystery is even less robust than Parker's own final cases for the peerless PI, but Spenser lets nothing him dismay. If this adventure lights the tree, expect Christmas tales starring Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Hannibal Lecter.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        October 15, 2013

        Parker's longtime literary agent, Brann, completed this novel that was left unfinished when Parker died in 2010. It's December in Boston, and Spenser is working in his office when he's visited by a young homeless boy named Slide, who relays a message that Jackie Alvarez wants to meet with him. Jackie runs Street Business, an organization that houses and tries to find jobs for homeless boys. The Street Business kids are being threatened, and Jackie wants Spenser to help get to the bottom of it. Spenser, with some help from his buddy Hawk, soon realizes that the threat is much more dangerous than he expected. With the stakes suddenly higher than ever and Christmas just days away, Spenser prepares for a showdown. VERDICT This is the perfect holiday treat for crime readers needing another Spenser fix. [See Prepub Alert, 4/29/13.]

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 15, 2013
        The late Robert B. Parker was apparently surrounded by people eager either to keep his Spenser legacy going, or to keep the profits flowing. Following the publication of new installments of Parker's various series written by different authors, we now have an unfinished Spenser novel, a Christmas story, that has been finished by Brann, the author's agent. This is a shortish but fairly satisfying Spenser tale set in the run-up before Christmas and featuring many of the signature elements of the beloved series: we have Spenser's cooking preparations, always a marvelous part of his books, and appearances by his longtime love, Susan Silverman, and best friend, Hawk. The mystery on which it all rests starts with a scared street kid showing up in Spenser's Boston office. Spenser quickly determines that someone is using intimidation tactics to drive street kids out of their group home. The novel is long on atmosphere, a bit off when it comes to dialogue, and almost totally lacking in detective methods, making the reader wonder just how much of the book Parker wrote. Readers will decide if this last Christmas story is a gift or a stickup.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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“Brann does a seamless job…Diehard Parker fans will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly

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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...
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