Longtime Spenser fans will remember that once upon a time, though not so long ago, there was a girl named April Kyle - a beautiful teenage runaway who turned to prostitution to escape her terrible family life.
When a mature, beautiful, and composed April strides into Spenser's office, the Boston PI barely hesitates before recognizing his once and future client. Now a well-established madam herself, April oversees an upscale call-girl operation in Boston's Back Bay. Still looking for Spenser's approval, it takes her a moment before she can ask him, again, for his assistance. Her business is a success; what's more, it's an all-female enterprise. Now that some men are trying to take it away from her, she needs Spenser.
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"The old pros can make it look easy, and that goes for both the author and his hero as they deliver the goods smoothly and with inimitable style." - PW.
"Spenser, who seems to alternate these days between meaty cases and time-passers, follows School Days with a thin tale of trouble among high-class prostitutes whose only distinction is bringing back a familiar face from the past." - Kirkus.
"No Spenser novel fails to be entertaining, but Parker just may be doing better work these days with his two other series characters, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone. Here's hoping he gets the big guy back on track. " - Booklist.
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Robert B. Parker was the author of more than 60 books including westerns and young-adult novels, but is best known for his detective novels featuring Boston private-eye Spenser. In recent years he introduced a new protagonist, Jesse Stone, an alcoholic ex-ballplayer turned small-town chief of police.
Parker's novels featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review).
"I read Parkers Spenser series in college," the best-selling writer Harlan Coben said in a 2007 interview with The Atlantic Monthly. "...
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