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...

  • Scott

    "I thought the private detective motto was 'We never sleep.'" - suspect Alan Garner"That's the Pinkertons. I have a different [one]." - Spenser"And what's that?" - Garner"Coffee before justice." - Spe...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Sheryl

    Spencer is approached by a dying gentleman, Mr. Locke who is also a Private Investigator who was hired twenty years ago by The Winthrop museum to recover three pieces of art that seem to have vanished...

  • Tim

    ROBERT B. PARKER’S OLD BLACK MAGIC is written by Ace Atkins, who’s written several fine books in the Spenser series since the passing of Robert B. Parker.Spenser has had experience with a case inv...

  • Mark

    This is the most recent of the post Robert B. Parker Spenser novels and it well worthy of some praise.Some of the late Parker written novels were meandering more about Parker and his dame. The continu...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chris Conley

    Let’s face it, I have been a sucker for Spenser since day one. I think Ace Atkins has done a masterful job of picking up the pen in Robert Parker’s absence. I did think this one was a little short...