Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic

Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions.

The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most valuable piece stolen, Gentlemen in Black by a Spanish master, arrives at the desk of a Boston journalist, the museum finds hope and enlists Spenser's help.

Soon the cold art case thrusts Spenser into the shady world of black market art dealers, aged Mafia bosses, and old vendettas. A five-million-dollar-reward by the museum's top benefactor, an aged, unlikable Boston socialite, sets Spenser and pals Vinnie Morris and Hawk onto a trail of hidden secrets, jailhouse confessions, and decades-old murders.

Set against the high-society art scene and the low-life back alleys of Boston, this is classic Spenser doing what he does best.

Title:Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic
Edition Language:English
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About Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is the author of eight novels, including his latest, Infamous, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.


    Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic Reviews

  • Kemper

    I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like books by Ace Atkins.Spenser is asked to look into a famous unsolved art heist...

  • Monnie

    I won't say I liked the plot in this book as well as others I've read, but my husband and I - both long-time fans of the Spenser series - agree that the Boston private eye's "voice" here is more true ...

  • Gloria Feit

    From the publisher: Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions. The heist was legendary, st...

  • Robert James

    Another winner from Atkins. I think this one may be the best. There is an actual mystery and Spenser has to follow the clues with Vinnie Morris at his side instead of Hawk. Would have liked Hawk to ha...

  • Scott

    I have been reading Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” mystery series since the 1980’s when my English professor introduced the first book in the series “The Godwulf Manuscript” to me and invite...

  • Melissa

    Oh Spenser, how I've missed you! It's been at least 15 years since I've read a Spenser novel, not counting the rereads. I certainly understand why Ace Atkins was chosen by the Parker estate to take on...

  • Jeff Dickison

    Atkins is competent, but not spectacular, in his efforts to continue Spenser's legacy. Spenser is trying to solve a cold case of art theft as a favor to a dying detective. The case is quickly solved, ...

  • Hobart

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- Wow. The Forty-Sixth Spenser novel. Atkins' seventh, too -- it's hard to believe. I can still remember some of these as clearly as if I read th...

  • Jay

    The quintessential Boston PI is back as Spenser finds himself emmeshed in a case that echoes the real life Gardner museum robbery.Spenser gets drawn into the case of the still unsolved Winthrop museum...

  • Art

    Ace Atkins continues to weave Parker's magic into Spenser, continuing the highly moral modern knight's quest for good to defeat evil.An aging detective, knowing he is about to die, asks Spenser to sol...