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Little White Lies ⚣ [PDF] ✅ Little White Lies By Ace Atkins ✰ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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, i 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 lastConnie Kelly thought she d found her perfect man on an online dating site He was silver haired and handsome, with Little White eBook é a mysterious background working for the CIA 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 investmentBut within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone Her therapist, Dr Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser s cardA 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 revengeEnter 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.


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  1. Kemper Kemper says:

    I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.I usually spend some time in my reviews of the new Spenser books from Ace Atkins talking about how well he s done with the tricky job of taking over the series from the late Robert B Parker I m not going to do that any because at this point this is entirely Atkins series, and Spenser is as good as he s ever been.Connie Kelley was swindled out of several hundred thousand dollars by her boyfriend, M Brooks Welles, who has sin I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.I usually spend some time in my reviews of the new Spenser books from Ace Atkins talking about how well he s done with the tricky job of taking over the series from the late Robert B Parker I m not going to do that any because at this point this is entirely Atkins series, and Spenser is as good as he s ever been.Connie Kelley was swindled out of several hundred thousand dollars by her boyfriend, M Brooks Welles, who has since vanished, and Connie would like Spenser to track him down and get her money back Welles claimed to be a military veteran and spy whose experience made him a regular fixture on the cable news as an expert in those matters What Spenser quickly finds is that Welles is a con man who has left a trail of broken promises and unpaid bills in his wake including a land scam that involved a shady gun dealer One of the best parts of this one is the character of Welles because he makes for an infuriating bad guy for Spenser to chase He s a compulsive liar who absolutely will never admit that he s fibbing even when he s confronted with direct evidence of it What s really amazing is how many people he s burned who continue to fall for it and keep putting their faith in him I mean, what kind of rubes continue to believe a guy who has been conclusively proven over and over again to be completely full of shit As usual we get a lot of twists and turns that find Spenser eventually making a trip down South where evenshenanigans are going on Along the way he ll have to deal with cranky cops, angry ATF agents, a wavering client, professional mercenaries, andscams than you can shake a stick at We also get the reappearance of a supporting character we haven t seen in a while as well as plenty of great stuff with Hawk, too Atkins also continues to rehab Susan so that I actually now enjoy her interactions with Spenser rather than just cringing at the sight of her name on the page.Of course the heart of it all is Spenser who is his usual hard punching, straight shooting, smart mouthed, gourmet cooking self, but he still continues to show signs of growth in these newer books including a refreshingly pragmatic streak of how far he s willing to take a case Overall, it s pretty much a book that most fans of Spenser or modern PI novels in general would enjoy reading


  2. James Thane James Thane says:

    Spenser, Robert B Parker s iconic Boston P.I., appears here for the forty fifth time, now in the very capable hands of Ace Atkins who has revived the series and made it fresh again.As the book opens, Spenser s Significant Other, the therapist Susan Silverman, refers one of her clients, Connie Kelly, to Spenser Kelly has fallen hard for a guy named M Brooks Welles who claims to be a former high ranking secret agent for the U S government Welles has impressed not only Kelly, but a number of Spenser, Robert B Parker s iconic Boston P.I., appears here for the forty fifth time, now in the very capable hands of Ace Atkins who has revived the series and made it fresh again.As the book opens, Spenser s Significant Other, the therapist Susan Silverman, refers one of her clients, Connie Kelly, to Spenser Kelly has fallen hard for a guy named M Brooks Welles who claims to be a former high ranking secret agent for the U S government Welles has impressed not only Kelly, but a number of cable news networks who have regularly featured him as a noted authority on military matters and international developments.Welles convinces Kelly to give him nearly 300,000, which he is going to invest in a sure fire scheme that will make her a fortune But then Welles disappears and Kelly realizes that she has been conned Embarrassed, she wants Spenser to find Welles and recover her money.That will turn out to be a complicated process Welles is involved in a complex web of mischief with a bunch of gun runners and other bad actors, none of whom want Spenser messing around in their business Federal agents are also involved in the hunt, and they don t want Spenser messing around in their business, either.Naturally, Spenser could not care less what either the Bad Guys or the Good Guys want He s on a mission, with the assistance of his best friend, Hawk, and he s not about to be deterred The result is a very entertaining novel that is sure to please any fan of the series and practically anyone else who enjoys crime fiction.If I have one nit to pick with the book, it involves the fact that in his earlier Spenser novels, Atkins had seriously toned down the sappy, saccharine byplay between Spenser and Susan Silverman that so annoyed many readers, this one included He seems to have stepped it back up a notch in this book, and thus left me cringing at several of their scenes together Otherwise, I enjoyed the book enormously


  3. Tim Tim says:

    I received a copy of this to review from the publisher through NetGalley.LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins follows Spenser as he takes on a case from a patient of his girlfriend and psychiatrist Susan Silverman named Connie Kelly, who comes into his office after having been taken for almost three hundred thousand dollars by her older boyfriend named M Brooks Welles who has disappeared Spenser is hired to locate him and see that the money is returned if at all possible, and almost immediately sus I received a copy of this to review from the publisher through NetGalley.LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins follows Spenser as he takes on a case from a patient of his girlfriend and psychiatrist Susan Silverman named Connie Kelly, who comes into his office after having been taken for almost three hundred thousand dollars by her older boyfriend named M Brooks Welles who has disappeared Spenser is hired to locate him and see that the money is returned if at all possible, and almost immediately suspects Welles to be a con man who is making claims to education, military service, and CIA involvement that none of which can be verified Connie unfortunately seems to trust Welles in spite of the overwhelming evidence that he is not who or what he claims to be, and makes thingsdifficult for Spenser in trying to work on her behalf.Ace Atkins has done a phenomenal job of taking over the Robert B Parker Spenser series and has restored many of the qualities that faded in many of RBP s later books in the series, while successfully making it possible for Spenser to age but not seem dated and to build upon characters already present One particular aspect that he has improved on is with the character Susan Silverman allowing the novels to not become saturated with psychoanalysis and drama LITTLE WHITE LIES is a little heavier on the psychological focus being that the client Connie is Susan s patient Hawk and Spenser also fill in some blanks on their past together and individually that fits perfectly, very well done by an author working with characters developed by another author over a lengthy period of time.Solid action takes place in the second half of the book which includes not only Hawk, but friend Tedy Sapp, who has really developed into a character that fits very well in the series bringing a different aspect as an individual, and can be trusted and relied upon in all situations I have to say the first part of the book seemed a little slow in going, but moved along nicely at around the midway point.Honestly it s difficult for me to objectively rate and review an Ace Atkins novel as he s one of my favorite authors, both of the Spenser series as well as the Quinn Colson books Rating the first part would be a 3, and between 4 5 for the rest of the book, so I ll try to average it out a bit.4 stars


  4. Tim Tim says:

    Another underwhelming story that features Mr Parker s characters in name only Unimaginative, unlikeable and nostories by Mr Atkins for me 0 of 10 stars


  5. Hobart Hobart says:

    1 2 rounded up This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. Pearl and I were off to Central Square Her long brown ears blew in the wind as we drove along Memorial Drive against the Charles Rowers rowed, joggers jogged, and bench sitters sat It was midSeptember and air had turned crisp The leaves had already started to turn red and gold, shining in Technicolor upon the still water.I debated about what quotation I d open with I went with this Parker esque and Atkins es 1 2 rounded up This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. Pearl and I were off to Central Square Her long brown ears blew in the wind as we drove along Memorial Drive against the Charles Rowers rowed, joggers jogged, and bench sitters sat It was midSeptember and air had turned crisp The leaves had already started to turn red and gold, shining in Technicolor upon the still water.I debated about what quotation I d open with I went with this Parker esque and Atkins esque description Little White Lies is one of the better of Atkins run on this series, because like here he did something that feels like something Parker would ve written, but not quite what he d have said theI think about it, the less I think that Parker d have said bench sitters sat.Actually, that s true of the other quotation I almost used, too I nodded , adding water to the new coffeemaker sitting atop my file cabinet I d recently upgraded from Mr Coffee to one of those machines that used pre measured plastic cups I placed my mug under the filter, clamped down the lid, and returned to my desk Demonic hissing sounds echoed in my office Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio This is Atkins sixth Spenser novel, and you d think he s got enough of a track record that I could stop comparing him to Parker Well, you d be wrong I can t stop This, like most of Atkins work on this series, is so reminiscent of early Parker novels that it makes some of the latter Parkers looklike they were written by a hired gun Still, I m going to try to keep it to a minimum because it doesn t seem fair to keep doing Susan has sent one of her clients to Spenser for some help that she can t provide Connie Kelly had been dating someone she met online, invested in one of his real estate deals and he vanished, taking the money with him Could Spenser track him down and get her cash back Sure, he says It doesn t take long for the investigation to show that he owes plenty of people money a couple of months rent here, hundreds of thousands of dollar there.Here s the fun part M Brooks Welles, the deadbeat in question, is a silver haired, silver tongued mainstay on cable news He s former CIA, and an expert on military and national security issues one of those that producers call on regularly when they need a talking head Why s a guy like that flaking out on real estate deals Spenser knows something fishier than expected is going on which takes him into a world of mercenaries, gun deals, and the ATF Then someone tries to kill him A couple of times And the book stops feeling like a semi light adventure, poking fun at the blowhards on cable TV and the state of American Journalism, and how we shouldn t trust as many people who have cameras pointed at them as we do Things take on a different tone, bodies start piling up, and a darkness slips in to the book This also brings in Belson and his new boss who s still not a fan of Spenser About the same time, Connie starts to waver in her conviction that she wants her money back and Welles punished Spenser, naturally, doesn t care and plows ahead Hawk is able to connect Spenser with some mercenaries that travel in the same circles as Welles and the chase is on Eventually, the action moves from Boston and its environs to Georgia Which means that Teddy Sapp is going to make an appearance.All the characters were great I would ve liked sometime with some of Welles co conspirators in Boston, I think it d have helped round out our picture of his crimes But it s a minor complaint We also got plenty of interaction with his Georgia based colleagues Even the characters that show up for a page or two as witnesses to the crimes were interesting it s the little things like those that add so much It was nice to see Teddy Sapp again, too He was the best part of Hugger Mugger faint praise, I realize The Hawk material was very good maybe Atkins best use of the character yet.I fully expect that people are going to spend a lot of time talking about the ending it didn t feel like a Parker ending That said, it felt like an ending that pre A Catskill Eagle Parker might have tried It was satisfying, don t misunderstand, it s just not the kind of ending that Parker employed Honestly, there were two other perfectly acceptable places to end the book and if not for the progress bar at the bottom of my screen, I might have believed that thee ending was earlier and equally strong.Now, because Atkins and the Parker estate aren t stupid, there are certain characters that you just know are safe, no matter what shenanigans that they ve let Atkins and Coleman get away with when it comes to killing off long term supporting characters But there was a definite feeling of peril when it comes to name redacted and name redacted Sure I knew they d live to be read about another day, but I wondered how healthy they d be in the meantime.This is sharply written, as usual Atkins knows what he s doing in this series or anything else a great mix of character moments and plot Spenser s voice is strong as are the voices of the other regulars It was just a pleasure to read through and through Let me leave you with onesnippet that is could ve come from an early 80 s Spenser just as easily today s, a voice like this is enough reason to read the book the rest is just gravy and there s plenty of gravy I returned with sore legs back to my seat on the steps I spent the next fifteen minutes watching women of all ages, sizes, and colors walk past me I liked the way most women walked I liked the way they dressed And talked and smelled I was pretty damn sure I was a fan of women in general Did this make me a sexist or a feminist Or somewhere in between Disclaimer I received this eARC from Putnam Books via NetGalley in exchange for this post thanks to both for this.N.B As this was an ARC, any quotations above may be changed in the published work I will endeavor to verify them as soon as possible.


  6. Jeff Dickison Jeff Dickison says:

    Unlike a lot of reviewers, I thought Atkins did his best job yet of evoking the original spirit of Spenser A woman is victimized by a flim flam man and Spenser tries to get her money back Of course, there is muchthan that involved, but Spenser gets to the bottom of it Recommended.


  7. Lori Lori says:

    Well, hello Spenser.It s been a whileHow you doin He s doing well Probably missed me as much as I missed him Once again Spenser takes a case, is fired, but finds himself too deep into it and too honourable to just walk away and let the bad guys win He s awesome that way.


  8. Sneed Hearn Sneed Hearn says:

    I suppose I should envy those who can read this slop and think it was well done It wasn t In actual fact, Spenser joins Parker with this and is now dead as well Atkins was obviously writing for a contract, wanted to get done and just strung enough words together to get to the end The real Spenser is gone This one is an arrogant blowhard who loves to bloviate, whether or not what he s babbling about has anything to do with the topic at hand The Parker Spenser is likable and perceptive this I suppose I should envy those who can read this slop and think it was well done It wasn t In actual fact, Spenser joins Parker with this and is now dead as well Atkins was obviously writing for a contract, wanted to get done and just strung enough words together to get to the end The real Spenser is gone This one is an arrogant blowhard who loves to bloviate, whether or not what he s babbling about has anything to do with the topic at hand The Parker Spenser is likable and perceptive this one is neither Never before in any Parker novel was I in a rush to just finish but this one I finished just to get it over I did finish though so a bitthan a one star rating The Parker estate, if not in it entirely for the money, and I know how likely that is, ought to get rid of Atkins post haste and either let Spenser die or find an author with real interest, something Atkins had but lost VERY disappointing


  9. Melodie Melodie says:

    After 45 books, I still love this series and look forward to my springtime visit with Spenser and crew When Parker passed away, I was resigned to that being the end of Spenser I m glad his family decided to keep the series going and Atkins was an excellent choice He s a very good writer and he gets the nuances of this series down pat In this one, Spenser is hired by one of Susan s patients to track down the con man who cheated her out of a LOT of money Lots of backstabbing by various people After 45 books, I still love this series and look forward to my springtime visit with Spenser and crew When Parker passed away, I was resigned to that being the end of Spenser I m glad his family decided to keep the series going and Atkins was an excellent choice He s a very good writer and he gets the nuances of this series down pat In this one, Spenser is hired by one of Susan s patients to track down the con man who cheated her out of a LOT of money Lots of backstabbing by various people in this one and Spenser Hawk eventually end up in Georgia They tangle with a church that s a church in name only, con man preachers, gun runners, militias and all manner of low life bad guy Tedy Sapp returns in this one and that s just onereason to be happy in my book Recommend


  10. Wayland Smith Wayland Smith says:

    I read a lot, which means I also talk books a lot I aim for 100 per year, and I ve made it every year since the late 90 s Of all those books, the Spenser series remains my favorite, so very narrowly edging out The Dresden Files Ace Atkins took over when creator Robert B Parker died Gotta give Parker credit, he died at his writing desk, which any author would admire In this installment, Spenser is hired off a recommendation from his long time love Susan Silverman Her patient Connie Kelly h I read a lot, which means I also talk books a lot I aim for 100 per year, and I ve made it every year since the late 90 s Of all those books, the Spenser series remains my favorite, so very narrowly edging out The Dresden Files Ace Atkins took over when creator Robert B Parker died Gotta give Parker credit, he died at his writing desk, which any author would admire In this installment, Spenser is hired off a recommendation from his long time love Susan Silverman Her patient Connie Kelly has been swindled and taken advantage of, so it s Spenser to the rescue only it s not that simple Con man M Brooks Welles has lied about his background, his military service, his employment at the CIA, and left a chain of lawsuits, heartbreak, and broke people behind him Welles proves remarkably hard to find, and his past gets murkier as Spenser digs The case leads from a gun range in Lynn to the world of mercenaries to rural Georgia Not only does Hawk step in to watch Spenser s back, but ace shooter and very openly gay Tedy Sapp returns as well There are evencomplications when the ATF gets involved The bodies pile up and it looks like even Spenser s determination and never give up attitude might not be enough to close this tangled mess I always get uneasy when they mention how much time has gone by in Spenser s career It always makes me worry about the future of the series Healy, Spenser s long time contact with the State Police, is retired, Spenser is using glasses occasionally, and there are other hints about age That to one side, another great outing of Spenser and his family, because that s what Susan and Hawk are to him I was a little unclear about a reference to a cabin in Maine, which I don t recall coming up before Minor nitpicks to one side, a great action adventure detective story I love this series, and, as with most good ones, recommend you start from the beginning In this case, The Godwulf Manuscript


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