Sunday, April 13, 2008

Taming A Sea-Horse

Published in 1986, Taming A Sea-Horse is the 13th novel in Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. This book follows up on a character introduced in the earlier novel Ceremony - April Kyle, the young hooker who is now twenty years old. April has gone missing, and Spenser makes it his mission to find out why.

He manages to locate April only for her to then disappear again. And in trying to find her again, Spenser gets mixed up in the story of Robert Rambeaux, her current pimp, and with Ginger Bucky, another of the women in Rambeaux's stable. The story really exposes the stepping stones of the world of prostitution, both the good and the not so good. As always, Spenser finds out a lot more of criminal activity going on - but he remains focused on his sole mission, and in doing so is willing to make trade-offs.

A lot of seedy characters are introduced in this novel whom, I am guessing, may turn up down the road again. That seems to be Parker's m.o. - he builds a rich tapestry of a world and goes back to revisit certain areas from time to time.

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