Robert B. Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In the latest thriller featuring the legendary Boston PI, Spenser and his young protégé Mattie Sullivan take on billionaire money manager running a network of underaged girls for his rich and powerful clients.
Ten years ago, Spenser helped a teenage girl named Mattie Sullivan find her mother's killer and take down an infamous Southie crime boss. Now Mattie - a college student with a side job working for the tough but tender private eye - dreams of being an investigator herself. Her first big case involves a 15-year-old girl assaulted by a much older man at one of Boston's most prestigious private clubs. The girl, Chloe Turner, only wants the safe return of her laptop and backpack. But like her mentor and boss, Mattie has a knack for asking the right questions of the wrong people.
Soon Spenser and Mattie find ties between the exploitation of dozens of other girls from working class families to an eccentric billionaire and his sadistic henchwoman with a mansion on Commonwealth Avenue. The mystery man's wealth, power and connections extend well beyond Massachusetts - maybe even beyond the United States. Spenser and trusted ally Hawk must again watch out for Mattie as she unravels a massive sex-trafficking ring that will take them from Boston to Boca Raton to the Bahamas, crossing paths with local toughs, a highly-trained security company, and an old enemy of Spenser's - the Gray Man - for a final epic showdown.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 34 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 12, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#17,219 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#110 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#132 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#795 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
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Will 're -read from my library and be glad Robert Parker is not here to know that his legacy has been violated in the worst way
There’s good news and bad news… and even terrible news in Ace Atkins latest release “Someone To Watch Over Me”. The absolute most detestable crime against “gum-shoe-detective- literary-noir-ace-detecting”… is the refusal of the current author to get rid of Susan. The author does accomplish one mighty goal in each additional saga… he makes Susan more irritating… meaningless… annoying… and a literal embarrassment to all classy women in their eighties… that is unless you think seeing your Great Grandmother wearing super high heels… her Great Granddaughter’s skinny jeans (which don’t look good on any age… man… woman… boy… girl… or a poor abused dog!)… and setting a new record as each new day dawns regarding tasteless sexual innuendos. Of course records are also broken… for how many damn times it is referenced that she has a degree from Harvard… which is like nails scraping on a blackboard to readers… and actually a disgrace to the institution of Harvard… because the psychiatric advice she gives out is more devoid of any hard hitting substance than a comic from a piece of Bazooka bubble gum.
The most positive part of this book is the reintroduction… and enormous… enthusiastic… aggressive… foul mouthed-directness… and increased “stage-time... Of twenty-two-year-old MATTIE SULLIVAN! In my opinion a star is born! She steals the whole book. If the author was smart he’d “rub-out” Susan… or at least have her committed to a nursing home… or perhaps the greatest idea would be to have her committed to a mental institution where she can walk around in a dirty unwashed Harvard sweatshirt mumbling worthless advice to people who keep their hand in their jacket pocket screaming that their name is Napoleon.
The next problem with this book… (first let me state for the record that I am a dog lover)… is that twenty-five-per-cent of the book is about Pearl III… a new dog to replace the prior two Pearl’s that Spenser swears is a reincarnation. There is so much wasted words on the dog… that I firmly believe… that along with the large type… extremely short sentences… that the Pearl III deluge is simply to increase the number of pages to meet the contract requirements.
As far as the gist of the story itself… all you have to do is have followed the news the last year or two about Jeffrey Epstein’s disgusting child sexual molestation case… and **BOOOOM**… that’s the story. Just change Epstein’s name to Peter Steiner and change Epstein’s female enabler tag team partner’s name to Poppy Palmer and you’re all set.
As usual “Spens” has a long list of cameo appearances by former characters… including but not limited to… Quirk, Hawk, Henry Cimoli, Rita Fiore, Belson, FBI Agent (coincidentally) Epstein and Captain Glass. Spenser emits at least one or more of his favorite sounds or quips such as… ICK… ICKY… YIKES… EEK… JUMPING JEHOSHAPHAT… and my all-time personal favorite (despite it not being related to a question regarding having another beer) **WE’D BE FOOLS NOT TO! **
In closing the star of the show is Mattie Sullivan… I say dispatch Susan to the great beyond… take Pearl III for 2 or 3 walks per book… and let Mattie take over the “detecting” business… Spense can retire and have a sweaty old Harvard T-shirt around to sniff once in a while… and once or twice a book Mattie can go to Spenser for advice or help on a case and Spenser can make a cameo. Mattie can also legally change her name to Mattie Spenser Sullivan in honor of her over the hill EIGHTY-PLUS-YEAR-OLD-MENTOR… and then all the upcoming Mattie books can still be called Spenser!
I especially enjoyed Spenser starting to feel his age and wondering how long he could keep doing what he does. I hope it's forever, but he is getting a bit long in the tooth to be able to kick the crap out of the bad guys without any ill effects. He's still got a few more years and a few more crimes in him though.
The subject matter of the crime is horrendous, so white knight Spenser has no alternative but to see it through to the end, especially when his latest protege, twenty-two year old Mattie, is the one who gets him involved in saving her friends and their sisters. The story is excellent, with enough twists, turns and red herrings to keep you guessing.
I thought there was a little bit of a cheat at the end, but it wasn't so bad that it ruined the story, and it enabled Spenser to live and fight another day. So, okay. If this review sounds like I didn't like the book, don't be fooled. I loved it. I just miss the originals.
A Spenser fan from the beginning, I mourned the loss of RBP in 2010, and then welcomed the arrival of Mr. Atkins. At first, I thought he did a remarkable job of capturing the Parker style. But the last couple books, despite the plethora of Boston landmarks and New England food stuffs, have featured very thin plots. Perhaps it’s time to retire our favorite detective, Spencer. I think the estate should let it go.
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The writing seemed like a caricature of the original style and the plot was increasingly implausible.