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Ceremony (Spenser) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1992
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The title for this novel is taken from a line of Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" that speaks to "The ceremony of innocence" being drowned. In the book's conclusion Spenser tries to make the best of a bad situation and the tragedy of April's fate is certainly a different type than we have encountered in these books in the past. This is the sort of intimate case that suits Spenser best, played out in the suburbs of Boston and the city's Combat Zone instead of Hollywood or other exotic locales. Besides, he does more cooking when he is at home or hanging out with Susan. "Ceremony" is one of the best of Robert B. Parker's early Spenser novels.
I found this a difficult read at times, because it's unsparing in its treatment of the child and adolescent sex trade. Dated? Yes; pre-Internet, but so much hasn't changed, with kids still being kids and sick adults still being sick adults. Parker's writing is crisp and entertaining as always, and the relationship between Spenser and Susan continues to develop. Hawk is very much part of the cast in this book, and he's always a delight, too. A one-sitting read for me. Difficult, yes, but I guess it ought to be.
--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
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Too much description of who wears what and cooking show flavor. Same script...different characters. Damsel in distress...Spenser to the rescue. Read morePublished 14 days ago by M. Sensibaugh
The mum of runaway teenage daughter April wants her daughter back. Her husband not. He saw her with a much older man in Boston’s red light zone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alfred J. Kwak
I have been reading Spenser for over 25 years. Great job on this book, excellent story, and sub plots and characters.Published 3 months ago by Lisa
Outstanding writer! plot flows quickly, characters are believable and well developed. dialogue is witty and often times outragiously funny. Spencer series is extremely addicting.Published 3 months ago by Brian Bond
Excellent story, crisply told. Both Susan and Hawk are deeply integrated into the plot which is always a good thing.Published 3 months ago by picky buyer