What's not to love about Spenser? He has a sense of humor and he knows when to shut up and sit still. There was one point in this book (toward the beginning) that I laughed out loud, probably at something Hawk said.
Love Spenser. Love Hawk. Spenser's girlfriend? Yeah, I'd hang out with her (even though she does take every opportunity to wave her Harvard diploma).
The 'damsel in distress' - April Kyle (apparently back for a third time in Spenser's life)? I could not care less about her or what happened to her. Wow.
Now, I know that women who are 'damaged' (I've been reading that description a lot recently) often have issues, but if she burst into tears or flew off the handle for no apparent reason one more time, after asking Spenser for his (free) help, I woulda gone looking for a stereotypical Vinnie to pop her. Of course, I have no patience for manipulative women, so maybe I was too hard on her. Or not.
Read the book. I don't think you'll be too surprised or disturbed by the ending (which seemed a bit abrupt, by the way).
Great book, full of Robert Parkers one liners, that will keep you laughing. The story is a sad reflection on the past and present life of a young girl that Spenser had helped years ago. She turns to Spenser to help her out of trouble again, but this time it turns on both to a very bitter end.
Delighted to find another Spenser/Hawk tale from Robert Parker!! Always enjoy the banter between the two "tough guys" and this book is no exception. Wish they brought back the television show based on Spenser.
Tara M. (sparkey57) reviewed Hundred-Dollar Baby aka Dream Girl (Spenser, Bk 34) on
You can't go wrong with Hundred-Dollar Baby or anything else that Mr. Parker pens. He continues to keep me enthralled with each new book and I'll keep coming back for more as long as he's able to write them. Sad to say but I'm not sharing my hardcopy edition. I'm collecting them to re-read in my twilight years.
I enjoy the Spenser books and like the dialogue,although Spenser and Hawk's "Bromance" might be crossing the line. It could be mutual narcissism, I don't know. I was cruising right along on this one and it appeared Mr Parker got tired of writing and stopped. Worth a read if you like Spencer.