Robert B. Parker's Kickback

Robert B. Parker's Kickback

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"What started out as a joke landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that's exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today's wild youth. But Dillon's mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn't buying Scali's line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. From the Harbor Islands to a gated Florida community, Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld with links to a shadowy corporation that runs New England's private prisons. They eventually uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups in the old mill town, where hundreds of kids are sent off to for-profit juvie jails."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2015.
ISBN: 9780553398175
Branch Call Number: TB FIC Atkin
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Mantegna, Joe


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Sep 29, 2017

4 Stars. Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker's successor in this great series, is commenting through "Kickback" on private prisons, a growing phenomenon in the United States. Spenser is hired by a woman whose son has been sent to one of these juvenile facilities north of Boston in the hard-as-nails town of Blackburn. Is this just a wrongly convicted young man? He set up a humourous but fake, and certainly this side of criminal, Twitter account for his high-school principal. Or is there something else going on? Possible judicial corruption? In collusion with the mob? Spenser and Hawk spend some time in the Tampa area: palm trees, bikinis, patios and beer. What can I say? I enjoyed the mental image of the scene. I reached for the next adventure just a few days later! "Kickback" is one of the 4,000 or so titles in my "A Basic Mystery and Thriller Compilation" on Goodreads. (September 2017)

Oct 07, 2015

I don't care for hapless, poor children as victims. Hawk's role is marginally and minimally defined. There was no point to running back and forth between Boston & Florida. Only the ending raises the score to acceptable. 4 of 10 stars

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