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Longtime fans of Robert B. Parker and his most famous character, Boston P.I., Spenser, will remember a girl named April Kyle—a beautiful teenage runaway who turned to prostitution to escape her terrible family life. Spenser helped April escape Boston's “Combat Zone” for the relative safety of a high-class New York City bordello. Then she resurfaced, needing Spenser to rescue her from the clutches of a controlling lover. But April Kyle's return in Hundred-Dollar Baby is nothing short of shocking.
When a mature, beautiful, and composed April strides into Spenser's office, the Boston P.I. barely recognizes his her. Now a well-established madam, April oversees an upscale call-girl operation in Boston's Back Bay. But once again, she needs Spenser's assistance. Her business is a success; what's more, it's an all-female enterprise—but now some men are trying to take it away from her.
April claims to be in the dark about who's trying to shake her down, but with a bit of legwork and a bit more muscle, Spenser and Hawk find ties to organized crime and local kingpin Tony Marcus, as well as a scheme to franchise the operation across the country. As Spenser again plays the gallant knight, it becomes clear that April's not as innocent as she seems. In fact, she may be her own worst enemy—and his.
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