Henry is being menaced by thugs who support an effort to buy the condo in which he lives. Spenser is willing to assist his friend and Z, who is being trained by Spenser in the PI mould, gets valuable experience. The story, as is common in Parker tales, becomes very murky as the involvement of groups who wish to introduce casinos into Boston leads to murder. Spenser is forced to talk to various underworld characters - few of whom appreciate his humour. The body count rises and Spenser finds himself, in Susan's temporary absence, forced to offer protection in his home to a beautiful, hard and predatory woman. The story moves fast with Spenser teasing out the tangled skeins of greed, brutality and corruption. A worthy successor to Robert B. Parker!