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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739318669
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Once upon a time, though not so long ago, there was a girl named April Kyle—a beautiful teenage runaway who turned to prostitution to escape her terrible family life. Now, April Kyle’s return in Hundred-Dollar Baby is nothing short of shocking.

When a mature, beautiful, and composed woman strides into Spenser’s office, the Boston PI barely hesitates before recognizing his once and future client. Now a well-established madam herself, April is still looking for Spenser’s approval, and it takes her a moment before she can ask him for his assistance.

April claims to be in the dark about who is trying to shake her and her business down, but Spenser and Hawk find ties to organized crime and local kingpin Tony Marcus, as well as a scheme to franchise her 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2014

    " I love the relationship between Spenser and Susan throughout the spenser series. Great insights about love and autonomy. I hesitate slightly to recommend the series to those in my church due to language and violence. But I love the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 2/18/2014

    " I have read several of the Spencer books and like them. This one is a sequel and brings back some characters that I don't remember but was able to put it together with the background provided. It was a good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 2/12/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Spenser; Spenser is approached by a call girl who has appeared in two other books to help her once again, but this time she may be beyond assistance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 2/8/2014

    " forgot I read this one before "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 2/3/2014

    " Spencer, Hawk and a madam who Spencer has been trying to help since she was a girl. Murder and mayhem... a good, fun read for a warm afternoon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Tallmadge | 1/31/2014

    " Parker's characters are great.Great story's, easy reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/28/2014

    " Parker got the ending right with this one. I feel he's struggled with endings in several novels. I gave this a lower rating than his other Spenser books because the plot is a bit jagged. It rallied in the end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 1/14/2014

    " This is the first Spenser book that I've read, and while it has its amusing moments with an underlying "message" I can't say I'll be reading more of the series. The characters are a little too predictable for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grey853 | 1/14/2014

    " I'm a huge Spenser fan, so I've read every book in the series. Some are outstanding, but I have to say I was very disappointed in this one. The ending didn't work for me at all and was way too convenient for Spenser. It just didn't sit well with me. I hope the next one will be better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Pratt | 1/13/2014

    " One of the best things about author Robert B. Parker is how prolific he is. Every time I read a Spenser novel, I think how happy I am that there are still more out there for me to read. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/12/2014

    " Spenser.............. only 3 to go? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/10/2014

    " Love his reparte between bad guys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/10/2014

    " THis book drives the point home yet again that the Spenser novels are tired. Now instead of inventing new characters, we get old characters who end up in hot water, and instead of going to the police, Spenser takes the law into his own capable hands "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margie | 1/10/2014

    " Boring - and eminently forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhod | 12/20/2013

    " Spencer tries to help out a girl he helped out before. Another good novel from parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out | 12/16/2013

    " I'm a huge fan of the dry wit and repartee so I enjoyed this as much as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/29/2013

    " I really like the characters that Parker has developed for his Spenser books, however, you also need a decent storyline. This storyline was almost decent, I already knew the characters, so all he did was fill in a few blanks in this story. Mr. Parker was going through the motions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Hays | 11/27/2013

    " Entertaining, but a return to the familiar characters and patter of the early Spenser novels. Parker didn't stretch the series much with this entry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Trujillo | 11/19/2013

    " I have read almost all books by this author, Robert B. Parker and I really do like his style of writing, very easy and quick reads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 10/11/2013

    " Comparing some of the references made in this story with the timeline established in earlier novels, Spencer and Hawk should be in their 70's. However, reading this story is like reconnecting with old friends. I liked it. The book is a typical Spencer/Hawk adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/9/2013

    " I absolutely love the Spencer series and this one was no disappointment. I love how Parker describes things with such detail that you feel like you are present in the story. The clothes people wear, the food that they eat, the weather. It's fantastic!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 8/7/2013

    " Also known as Hundred-dollar baby "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa S | 4/30/2013

    " This book was a very easy and quick read, but it was so quick that I couldn't absorb anything that was written. It was ok for a time filler read but if you want a good suspense try something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 9/4/2012

    " A little weaker than most Spenser tales. April Kyle returns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/11/2012

    " I wasn't intending to like this, but I did! Quick, easy read, but still has a lot of meat to the storyline. I will be reading more!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Beth | 6/20/2012

    " I love all his books. Great characters. Witty Dialogue. Alwyas a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/16/2011

    " I must be one of the few people in the universe who hasn't been reading about Spencer and Hawk for years and years. This was a fun book, and I'll look forward to catching up on the others in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 8/15/2011

    " Listened in the car on the way to Oregon and back. I think I'd rather watch the tv show. The writing.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/5/2011

    " It's always a pleasure to find another Spenser novel on the shelf. I didn't recall April's original appearance in the series, but she sure swings back into it with a vengeance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/25/2011

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stansherman | 6/5/2011

    " You can't go wrong with any of the Spenser series, quick read and great characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/18/2011

    " fun, fast read - loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 4/18/2011

    " Great dialog that is quick and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/2/2011

    " One of the best things about author Robert B. Parker is how prolific he is. Every time I read a Spenser novel, I think how happy I am that there are still more out there for me to read. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/4/2011

    " Always good fast read, don't get tired of Spenser books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeva | 2/25/2011

    " I clapped when I finished reading this book. It was so much fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/20/2011

    " Interesting story, whores and murder. Strange ending though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 11/15/2010

    " Spenser novel. Up to par. Interesting discussion about whether high-end prostitution is a "victimless crime," as some people suggest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/3/2010

    " This was a Spencer book by Parker - not his best, but even so better by far than most mysteries if you like his style - which I do. There was not as much action as most of his books. That was the downside. But it was still an excellent book to read and it kept me reading. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/6/2010

    " fun, fast read - loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 7/20/2010

    " I'm a true fan of Robert Parker, especially the Spenser series. It was sad that we lost him this year and there will be no more. I loved the sense of humor and the interactions between the characters and will miss the anticipation of every new story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 6/29/2010

    " The usual fun. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 6/1/2010

    " Robert B. Parker is able to give you a quick, easy, interesting read and what more can you ask of an author than that? This is another Spenser novel and an enjoyable one at that.

    J. Robert Ewbank author, "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 5/21/2010

    " I have read several of the Spencer books and like them. This one is a sequel and brings back some characters that I don't remember but was able to put it together with the background provided. It was a good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 5/11/2010

    " Spenser back up to steam. Hawk is back. Surprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/27/2010

    " Another of the Spenser series. Brings in some characters from previous stories. Spenser and Hawk work through a very twisted plot to find themselves with no good solution. Justice in the end was tragic. "

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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.
About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.