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ceremony a spenser novel by robert b parker

Ceremony : A Spenser Novel by Robert B. Parker


New York : Delacorte Press, 1982. Fourth Printing. Hardcover. 182 pages ; 22 cm. $12.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Foxing to pages side edges. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


"Spenser is becoming a kind of archetype, like John Wayne and Travis McGee." —The New York Times Book Review

"Robert B. Parker has taken his place beside Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald —The Boston Globe

April Kyle is missing. She has dropped out of high school and her father thinks she has become a prostitute. As a favor to his companion Susan, Spenser reluctantly agrees to find the girl and bring her back. The search takes him into an underworld of violence and disdain, of adolescent whores and child pornography, a kind of permanent orgy where flesh and dignity and life itself have a price and are priced to sell.

Spenser follows the trail of April Kyle from Boston's Combat Zone, to a specialty whorehouse in Providence, to the stylish Back Bay. Everywhere "the ceremony of innocence is drowned." Ultimately the quest leads Spenser, and his sidekick Hawk, back into the heart of the system, where savagery and civilization intersect, where only strength and steadiness and care prevail, where all solutions are imperfect, and where winning is hard to distinguish from losing.

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