Silent night : a Spenser Holiday novel / Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide's mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning Slide and many others like him back on the street. But it's not a simple case of intimidation-- Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street Business serves threatens not just the boys' safety and security, but their lives as well. Unfinished at the time of his death, Silent Night was completed by Parker's longtime agent, whose decades-long association with Parker's work gives her unique insight and perspective to his voice and storytelling style. Her contribution also speaks volumes about their enduring friendship"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "It's December in Boston, and Spenser, busy preparing his menu for Christmas dinner, has a confrontation with a young homeless boy whose predicament becomes the famous PI's newest case"-- Provided by publisher.
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      9780399157882 (hardback)
      0399157883 (hardback)
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      PARKER, R. B.; BRANN, H. Silent night : a Spenser Holiday novel. [s. l.]: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013. ISBN 9780399157882. Disponível em: Acesso em: 7 ago. 2020.
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      Parker RB, Brann H. Silent Night : A Spenser Holiday Novel. G. P. Putnam’s Sons; 2013. Accessed August 7, 2020.
    • APA:
      Parker, R. B., & Brann, H. (2013). Silent night : a Spenser Holiday novel. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
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      Parker, Robert B., and Helen Brann. 2013. Silent Night : A Spenser Holiday Novel. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
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      Parker, R. B. and Brann, H. (2013) Silent night : a Spenser Holiday novel. G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Available at: (Accessed: 7 August 2020).
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      Parker, RB & Brann, H 2013, Silent night : a Spenser Holiday novel, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, viewed 7 August 2020, .
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      Parker, Robert B., and Helen Brann. Silent Night : A Spenser Holiday Novel. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Parker, Robert B., and Helen Brann. Silent Night : A Spenser Holiday Novel. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Parker RB, Brann H. Silent night : a Spenser Holiday novel [Internet]. G. P. Putnam’s Sons; 2013 [cited 2020 Aug 7]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2013 September #2

The late Robert B. Parker was apparently surrounded by people eager either to keep his Spenser legacy going, or to keep the profits flowing. Following the publication of new installments of Parker's various series written by different authors, we now have an unfinished Spenser novel, a Christmas story, that has been finished by Brann, the author's agent. This is a shortish but fairly satisfying Spenser tale set in the run-up before Christmas and featuring many of the signature elements of the beloved series: we have Spenser's cooking preparations, always a marvelous part of his books, and appearances by his longtime love, Susan Silverman, and best friend, Hawk. The mystery on which it all rests starts with a scared street kid showing up in Spenser's Boston office. Spenser quickly determines that someone is using intimidation tactics to drive street kids out of their group home. The novel is long on atmosphere, a bit off when it comes to dialogue, and almost totally lacking in detective methods, making the reader wonder just how much of the book Parker wrote. Readers will decide if this last Christmas story is a gift or a stickup. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 October #2

Parker's longtime literary agent, Brann, completed this novel that was left unfinished when Parker died in 2010. It's December in Boston, and Spenser is working in his office when he's visited by a young homeless boy named Slide, who relays a message that Jackie Alvarez wants to meet with him. Jackie runs Street Business, an organization that houses and tries to find jobs for homeless boys. The Street Business kids are being threatened, and Jackie wants Spenser to help get to the bottom of it. Spenser, with some help from his buddy Hawk, soon realizes that the threat is much more dangerous than he expected. With the stakes suddenly higher than ever and Christmas just days away, Spenser prepares for a showdown. VERDICT This is the perfect holiday treat for crime readers needing another Spenser fix. [See Prepub Alert, 4/29/13.]

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PW Reviews 2013 September #1

Brann, the longtime agent of Robert B. Parker (1932–2010), does a seamless job of completing the unfinished manuscript of what's billed as a Spenser holiday novel. The Boston PI gets a visit from an 11-year-old street kid, Slide, who asks that Spenser help out Jackie Alvarez, the director of an unlicensed shelter, Street Business, funded by Jackie's affluent brother, Juan. Jackie, who's been receiving threats, fears that someone is trying to close him down. Spenser takes the case, of course, enlisting his longtime muscle, Hawk, to watch his back while he gets into the requisite number of violent confrontations on the way to achieving justice. Love interest Susan Silverman lends support. As in Parker's later books in the series and Ace Atkins's pastiches, the storyline and characterizations offer more of the same with few surprises, but diehard Parker fans will be delighted. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (Oct.)

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