In this story, Spenser is called upon to locate a missing young escort - April Kyle - who has apparently made a drastic and sudden change in career direction. She has left the relative safety of Madame Patricia Utley under a false promise of love made by a student musician from Julliard. It turns out that said student musician is doubling as a sleazy pimp in downtown NYC and the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up as you feel Spenser preparing to rescue his young maiden from the lions den.
It is an interesting experience reading about Spenser in a strange city. He seems a little out of place referring to the landmarks of the worlds most famous metropolis and to me, if it ain't Boston, it ain't Spenser. Anyway, on with the book and on with the show...
I am finding that TAMING THE SEA HORSE is another fine Spenser mystery but I do confess to a lack of emotional attachment to the story. Whether it is the subject matter, or the fact that the girl in question chose to put her life in potential danger by choosing this career in the first place but to be honest i don't really care if she is found or not. The book is certainly readable, and obviously I will finish it but my heart is not racing like the clappers in suspense like it normally does with a Robert B Parker novel. The interaction between Hawk and Spenser is still there, in limited numbers, and Susan Silverman appears somewhat infrequently to discuss matters and meaning of the heart. In this book she manages to explain why women might choose to become escorts and what motivates them to remain in the profession.
Of course, there are baddies to be found and beaten by our hero and he does so with his usual aplomb but for me the lack of excitement, suspense and sense of belongingness to the book means that I can only give this novel three stars.