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Hundred-Dollar Baby

de Robert B. Parker

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Sèrie: Spenser (34)

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Spenser, a Boston PI, is once again hired by April Kyle who was a teenage runaway that turned to prostitution. Now she is a madam of an up-scale, all-female operation that some men are trying to take away from her. April claims she doesn't know who is after her business, but Spenser finds ties to organized crime. Spenser without much surprise also finds that April, the thugs and everyone else involved is lying to him.… (més)
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This was an okay book. Parts were exciting but parts just kept reiterating the fact that Spenser helped April Kyle become a high class hooker and he wished he could have done more to help her. Up until the end, he still wants to help her even though she has become a murderer at that point in her life. The ending surprised me. ( )
  LilQuebe | Dec 3, 2019 |
For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Hundred-Dollar Baby. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
Hundred-Dollar Baby is the 34th novel by Robert B. Parker about the Boston P.I. Spenser. Having created such a large oeuvre, Parker had plenty of former characters to reintroduce. His fans will recognize his formidable trusty black side-kick, Hawk, and all of the local Boston cops and gangsters who have appeared in many previous Spenser novels. This one also involves April Kyle, whom we last met as an ingénue prostitute who Spenser “rescues” from life on the streets by referring her to Patricia Utley, a high class New York madam.

The novel begins when a highly attractive sophisticated woman enters Spenser’s office and seeks to hire his services. The woman is April Kyle, who has matured and gentrified so much that Spenser does not recognize her. She is still in the sex for hire business, but is now running the Boston branch of Patricia Utley’s operation. She says that some ruffians are trying to ruin her business and that she can hardly go to the police (given the nature of the enterprise) for protection.

Of course, Spenser takes her case, but as he pursues the bad guys he finds that things are not as they first appear and that EVERYONE has been lying to him. As usual in these books, the solution requires a good bit of rough stuff and some clever sleuthing to come to a satisfactory conclusion. Along the way, the reader is treated to Parker’s usual snappy dialog, particularly involving racial stereotypes as Spenser and Hawk tease each other unmercifully. And, through Spenser’s dialog with his Harvard-educated-psychologist-girlfriend, we get a little of Parker’s theories about why some fairly well educated, prosperous women end up free lancing for high end “escort services.”

Every one of Parker’s Spenser novels that I have read has been fast moving, funny, and thoroughly entertaining, (if not terribly realistic) and this one is no exception.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Aug 12, 2014 |
Good but ultimately very disturbing. April Kyle makes her final appearance and I started to wonder how it was possible to save and rehabiltate Paul Giacomin but not April. Perhaps it isn't a good analogy and, to be fair, Parker has Spenser agonize over it as well but still very upsetting at the end.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Hundred Dollar Baby is much like the other Spenser novels that I have read. After reading a few of them, they fill into a familiar pattern. The novel is filled with deceit, humorous interchanges between Spenser and Hawk, and wise-guy interactions with the cops involved. These novels tend to be more style than substance, which make them enjoyable reads but not too deep. This novel fits into that pattern. April Kyle, who Spenser has a history with, saving her in a previous novel, turns to Spenser when mobsters are trying to muscle their way into a whorehouse that she runs. Before long, Spenser finds out that April isn’t exactly being truthful to him. Despite that, he rushes headfirst into the case, determined to get to the truth.

As I mentioned, this is an enjoyable novel. I enjoy Robert Parker’s Spenser character more than his other fictional characters. This novel has an easy going style that makes it a quick read. The plot isn’t the greatest out there, but it isn’t worse than other Spenser novels that I’ve read. Entertaining but unspectacular.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Apr 5, 2014 |
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Spenser, a Boston PI, is once again hired by April Kyle who was a teenage runaway that turned to prostitution. Now she is a madam of an up-scale, all-female operation that some men are trying to take away from her. April claims she doesn't know who is after her business, but Spenser finds ties to organized crime. Spenser without much surprise also finds that April, the thugs and everyone else involved is lying to him.

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