Picks and Pans Review: Ceremony

UPDATED 05/10/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/10/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Robert B. Parker

They just don't make private eyes tougher, or funnier, than Parker's hero, Spencer, It's impossible to keep track of how much beer he drinks or how many mean guys he beats up. This time he swaggers through Boston's underworld, looking for a teenage girl from a rich suburb. Spencer is doing this as a favor to his girlfriend, a high school guidance counselor. They cook gourmet meals, jog and shower together and make sublime love. Spencer is the kind of guy who would like to order a piƱa colada when his girlfriend does, but he won't because it might spoil his tough-guy image. The dialogue sparkles. Why on earth hasn't Spencer, a veteran of eight Parker novels, been turned into a movie hero? (Delacorte, $12.95)

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters