Hundred-Dollar Baby (Spenser Series #34)

Hundred-Dollar Baby (Spenser Series #34)

by Robert B. Parker


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April Kyle, a prostitute from Spenser's past, comes back into his life-with deadly complications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399153761
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Series: Spenser Series , #34
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,252,674
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Hundred-Dollar Baby (Spenser Series #34) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Ti99er on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was saddened by the news of the passing of Robert Parker earlier this year. Selfishly I thought, no more Spenser? I can honestly attribute the slow and humble beginnings of my passion for reading to Robert Parker and his Spenser books. Even when I wasn't much of a reader, I always made sure to keep up with the Spenser series. I remember reading an interview with Parker, some years back where the interviewer asked him, how long will you continue to write Spenser? To which he replied, as long as people want to read him. This made me smile, because I never wanted Spenser to die. Hundred Dollar Baby is another solid Spenser book. I don't think there is a bad one in the lot, if you like Spenser. Here's to you Mr. Parker. Thank you for all of the memories surrounding the wonderful tales you have spun over the years. May you rest in peace.
LisaLynne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow - this series has gone on so long that we're getting second-generation stories.This story brings us back to April Kyle, the teen prostitute that Spenser saved by turning her over to a high-class New York Madam named Patricia Utley. April is back, all grown up and running a brothel of her own. She's in trouble and she needs Spenser to save her.I'm sad to say that I think Spenser's well has just about run dry. There's a lot of repetition in this book - Susan mentions her Harvard degree at least a dozen times - and through the years Hawk has gotten a lot more talkative. Spenser always seems able to run off to NYC at a moment's notice, pay for days and days of hotels and meals without batting an eye. And, as usual in more recent stories, lots of old characters resurface. Spenser calls Cholo and Teddy Sapp about doing some bodyguard work, as well as revisiting his old friend Detective Corsetti. A good read for Spenser fans, but only out of nostalgia.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Years ago, Boston PI Spenser made a difficult decision in helping troubled teen April Kyle get off the streets. Now the adult April is back in Boston running an upscale call-girl operation. April says she has been pretty successful in running the all-women business, but recently some thugs have been threatening to take it all away from her. They've come by the business a few times to squeeze some money from her and now they've starting beating up some of her workers and she wants Spenser to stop them. Spenser, who still wonders if he made the right decision years ago in sending April to work for Madame Patricia Utley, agrees to help April. But the more involved Spenser gets, the more he realizes that several people are lying to him, including April. The deeper Spenser digs into the case, the more he realizes that it's not going to have a happy ending. Robert Parker fans will enjoy "Hundred-Dollar Baby" but other readers may find it lacking. It's a sequel of sorts to Ceremony, an earlier, gritty and thought-provoking Spenser book. "Hundred-Dollar Baby" is not as good as "Ceremony", but it's still a good, quick read. At this point, Parker can probably write the Spenser books in his sleep. The book is dialogue driven and much of the dialogue feels like it could be lifted from this book and inserted into any other Spenser book especially Spenser's conversations with long-time girlfriend Susan Silverman (as can his observations about her eating habits). I love the repartee between Hawk and Spenser, but all too often other characters exchange the same witty dialogue, so they all blur together as characters. The plot line with April is interesting, with some twists and turns and a surprising, if somewhat unbelievable ending. Long-time fans will enjoy seeing characters from other Spenser books turn up in this one including April, Patricia Utley, Eugene Corsetti, and Tedy Sapp. Parker's greatest strength is his ability to capture the streets of Boston in his writing and he again does it well in this book - I could picture the various streets and locations in my mind while reading the book. "Hundred-Dollar Baby" doesn't break any new ground, but Spenser fans will still enjoy it.
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can¿t say my first experience with Robert B. Parker was a positive one. Hundred-Dollar Baby was short, slow moving and very unexciting. There was no character development, what-so-ever. The dialog was so simple. I never come across one word that I didn¿t know the meaning of. I enjoy the challenge when I¿m reading a book of having to stop once-in-a-while and look a word up that I¿m not sure how to pronounce, or a word I don¿t know the meaning of. The ending I found to be very shocking, and disappointing as well. I think this is one of the worst books I¿ve ever read. The best advice I can give out with regards to this book is. Don¿t waste your money even on the paperback. Pick it up at the library.
readabook66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Spenser. There's something to be said about reading a book with a familiar setting.Finished January 2007
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BBCloverMA More than 1 year ago
Typical Parker dialogue and plot but a fast and interesting read. Happily, Hawks vocabulary improvement has enabled him to minimize use of the "f" word, a problem I've found in some other Spenser novels.
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Over all is good, but plot is little boring.Like other books by this author.
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1cowboy More than 1 year ago
My first Spenser novel (used to watch Robert Urich TV series). Not terribly "gripping" as blurb writers like to say. Really rather boring. Could have wrapped it up in half as many pages. Short choppy dialog makes it a "page turner" (another blurbism) only because it's short and choppy. Characters have no depth. Made me want to take a shower when I finished. Okay, so the world isn't perfect. But this? Not sure I want to take on the Jessie Stone I've got waiting in the wings. Got the feelng Parker was tired and really struggling to make something of this.
Erix_the_Red More than 1 year ago
Hundred Dollar Baby" lacks the impact of the hard right hook I have came to enjoy in the early Spenser novels. Spenser has become old and predictable, nowhere near the Spenser of "Godwulf Manuscript." Let him take his well earned retirement with Susan. The plot was as predictable as a drive on an urban highway at rush hour. The culprit was known from the moment the crime was discovered. The recurring characters are stale as month old bread or this cliche.
nancysparkle More than 1 year ago
This is one of Robert Parker's best Spenser novels. I own them all, from the Godwulf Manuscript through to his most current, and this is one I've reread several times.

April Kyle was introduced in Ceremony, as a teenage runaway. In Million Dollar Baby, she returns, fully grown up and looking for Spenser's help. Or is she? In reality, she wants Spenser to help her without really delving into what's actually going on. But she should know better; Spenser never quits, even when he's fired.

The ending is shocking, but appropriate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to confess, I didn't read the book. I listened to the audio version of Hundred Dollar Baby. I've not experienced any of Parker's books before so I was meeting Spenser and company for the first time. Parker knows his characters inside and out. I enjoyed the interplay between Spenser and Hawk and learning about Spenser's 'softer side' in relation to Susan and Pearl. The mystery, I felt, was a bit predictable as it was clear who the guilty party was long before the end. I also found the conversations between Susan and Spenser to be a bit repetitive. She does go on and on about her degree and their conversations all sound alike. All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I would pick up another Parker novel and jump into Spenser's world again
Guest More than 1 year ago
first off a GREAT read for us die hards, especially if you are familiar with April Kyle. For first time readers this will have you running back to the book store for the back issues. As always, Spenser toes the line of the law with his own sense of morality, and if Hawk's along for the ride you know it isn't going to be pretty 'for long'! The ultimate wise ass, smart mouth detective pissing the wrong guys off and taking you along for the ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Spencer series. Having said that, I sure am getting sick up and fed with the cutsie banter between Spencer and Susan. Enough already! This is a classic series, don't ruin it!