Pretty teenager April Kyle is in grown-up-trouble, involved
with people who'd beat her up for a dollar and kill her for
five. Now she's disappeared, last seen in the Combat Zone,
that side of Boston where nothing's proper, especially the
sex for sale.
With Hawk, his sidekick, Spenser takes on
the whole X-rated industry. From a specialty whorehouse in
Providence to stylish Back Bay bordellos, he pits muscle and
wit against bullets and brawn until he finds what he's
looking for: April Kyle, little girl lost.
Spenser's vitality clearer than in CEREMONY...Spenser
probably had more to do with changing the private eye from
coffin-chaser to a full-bodied human being than any other
detective hero." (Sun-Times, Chicago)