I read this book about 31-Dec-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1975. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 15:30:02 PDT.
This is book 3 of the "Spenser" series.
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The third Spenser novel.
Spenser goes rogue on his client (a pattern that will repeat throughout the series) to save a baseball player and his wife from blackmailers and losing his career; presumably at increased risk to the team he plays for. Since he succeeds, that reckoning never happens.