';Ebullient entertainment.'Time A hotshot reporter is dead. He'd gone to take a look-see at ';Miami North'little Wheaton, Massachusettsthe biggest cocaine distribution center above the Mason-Dixon line. Did the kid die for getting too close to the truth . . . or to a sweet lady with a jealous husband? Spenser will stop at nothing to find out.Praise for Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels ';Like Philip Marlowe, Spenser is a man of honor in a dishonorable world. When he says he will do something, it is done. The dialogues zings, and there is plenty of action . . . but it is the moral element that sets them above most detective fiction.'Newsweek';Crackling dialogue, plenty of action and expert writing . . . Unexpectedly literate[Spenser is] in many respects the very exemplar of the species.'The New York Times ';They just don't make private eyes tougher or funnier.'People ';Parker has a recorder's ear for dialogue, an agile wit . . . and, strangely enough, a soupon of compassion hidden under that sardonic, flip exterior.'Los Angeles Times ';A deft storyteller, a master of pace.'The Philadelphia Inquirer ';Spenser probably had more to do with changing the private eye from a coffin-chaser to a full-bodied human being than any other detective hero.'The Chicago Sun-Times ';[Spenser is] tough, intelligent, wisecracking, principled, and brave.'The New YorkerFrom the Paperback edition.