We finally meet the delightful Hawk... and that's about all the fun there is to be had in this fourth outing in the series. A great deal of time is spent on the dynamics of marriage, sex, and women's liberation and it's all pretty boring. Maybe if it fed somehow into the mystery, of which there is little, it would fit. Mostly though, it seems like Parker is shoehorning some societal concerns into a nominal Spenser story. He and Susan go round and round, declaring their love for each other, eating, drinking, carousing, making love, etc. The bad guys are met, tricked, and defeated without much ado. I'm reading these in order and I have to say, this one's enough to put me off the whole thing entirely. Fortunately, I am reassured to find others rate this book poorly and that the series grows from here on out.