Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies

Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies

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Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser's card. A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with authority about politics and world events. But when he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge. Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his resume, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth won't be easy, as he'll have to keep the mystery man alive long enough to get back his client's money. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles's next con is his last.
"Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con man's trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of the iconic crime series. After conning everyone from the cable news shows to the local cops, it looks like the grifter's latest double cross may be his last. Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser's card. A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with authority about politics and world events. But when he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge. Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his resume, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth won't be easy, as he'll have to keep the mystery man alive long enough to get back his client's money. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles's next con is his last"-- ǂc Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399177002
0399177000
Characteristics: 304 pages : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Parker, Robert B. 1932-2010
Alternative Title: Little white lies

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USAF1969
Jun 18, 2017

Loved Parker's works, and despite the fact that Ace Atkins used 3-4 words for every one Parker used, he does a credible job of continuing the keep Spencer and crew alive and sticks fairly close to their personalities and speech patterns. Little While Lies continues in that tradition, although the story line moves beyond Spencer's usual stomping grounds. Nice, fun read and very entertaining. That said, Ace or Spencer (Parker) seems to express something of an anti-church sentiment in this book, portraying a 'large' church as the centerpiece in a gun-running operation and its 'pastor' as a con-man sociopath (which fits the role he has in the book). I am a Christian believer, and I know there are some charlatan's out there taking advantage of people, but that's not the general case. Would like to have seen some balance to the way this laid out and it wouldn't have been hard to do.

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cmsclay
Jun 13, 2017

The book is full of name brand liquor, hotel and restaurant chains, and retail store references. I felt like I was visiting a website full of pop-up advertising. Does the author get paid for these product placements or is he just interested in all this materialistic stuff? The Spenser I grew to enjoy used to take a slug of no-name booze, crash in a cheap motel and clean up the human garbage that crossed his path.
A good mystery writer sticks to the basics. That's the kind of writing that stands the test of time for fans of a good mystery novel.

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LuvReadingStuff
May 19, 2017

I concur with Bill556. I love that Spencer and Hawk live on by the hand of Ace Atkins. I have enjoyed reading all of Ace Atkins' books also.

Drink wine.....read books!!!!

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bill556
May 11, 2017

A good read if you are a Spenser fan, but I do miss the clipped & taut phrasing of Parker.

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