Authors > Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole–Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels.

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.

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The Godwulf Manuscript

Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surpised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest.

Year: 1973     Genre: Murder Mystery

God Save the Child

Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives.

Year: 1974     Genre: Kidnapping

Mortal Stakes

Everybody loves a winner, and the Rabbs are major league. Marty is the Red Sox star pitcher, Linda the loving wife. She loves everyone except the blackmailer out to wreck her life.

Year: 1975     Genre: BaseballExtortion

Promised Land

Spenser is good at finding things. But this time he has a client out on Cape Cod who is in over his head. Harvey Shepard has lost his pretty wife -- and a very pretty quarter million bucks in real estate.

Year: 1976     Genre: Missing PersonOrganized Crime

The Judas Goat

Spenser has gone to London--and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy.

Year: 1978     Genre: Thriller

Night Passage

After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, thirty-five-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.

Year: 1997     Genre: Police Procedural




1973The Godwulf Manuscript Murder Mystery, Spenser
1974God Save the Child Kidnapping, Spenser, Boston
1975Mortal Stakes Extortion, Spenser, Boston
1976Promised Land Missing Person, Organized Crime, Spenser
1978The Judas Goat Thriller, Spenser
1979Wilderness Noir Fiction
1980Early Autumn Kidnapping, Spenser
1980Looking for Rachel Wallace Kidnapping, Private Eye, Spenser
1981A Savage Place Private Eye, Spenser
1982Ceremony Private Eye, Spenser
1983Love and Glory Literature
1983The Widening Gyre Extortion, Spenser
1985A Catskill Eagle Private Eye, Spenser
1986Taming a Sea-Horse Missing Person, Private Eye, Spenser
1987Pale Kings and Princes Private Eye, Spenser
1988Crimson Joy Private Eye, Serial Killer, Spenser, Boston
1989Playmates Spenser, Boston
1989Poodle Springsby Raymond Chandler and Robert B. ParkerHardboiled Detective, Philip Marlowe
1990Stardust Private Eye, Spenser
1992Double Deuce Private Eye, Spenser
1993Paper Doll Private Eye, Spenser
1994All Our Yesterdays Family Saga, Boston
1994Spenser's Boston Spenser, Boston
1994Walking Shadow Private Eye, Spenser
1995Thin Air Missing Person, Private Eye, Spenser
1996Chance Private Eye, Spenser, Las Vegas
1997Night Passage Police Procedural, Jesse Stone
1997Small Vices Private Eye, Spenser
1998Sudden Mischief Private Eye, Spenser
1998Trouble in Paradise Police Procedural, Jesse Stone
1999Family Honor Missing Person, Private Eye, Sunny Randall
1999Hush Money Private Eye, Spenser
2000Hugger Mugger Private Eye, Spenser, Georgia
2000Perish Twice Private Eye, Sunny Randall
2001Death in Paradise  Police Procedural, Jesse Stone
2001Gunman's Rhapsody Westerns
2001Potshot Private Eye, Spenser, Arizona
2002Shrink Rap Private Eye, Sunny Randall
2002Widow's Walk Private Eye, Spenser
2003Back Story Cold Case, Private Eye, Jesse Stone, Spenser
2003Stone Cold Police Procedural, Jesse Stone
2004Bad Business Private Eye, Spenser
2004Double Play: A Thriller Crime Fiction
2004Melancholy Baby Private Eye, Sunny Randall
2005Appaloosa Westerns, Cole & Hitch
2005Cold Service Private Eye, Spenser
2005School Days Private Eye, Spenser
2006Blue Screen Private Eye, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall
2006Hundred-Dollar Baby Extortion, Private Eye, Spenser
2006Sea Change Police Procedural, Jesse Stone
2007High Profile Police Procedural, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall
2007Now and Then Private Eye, Spenser
2007Spare Change Cold Case, Private Eye, Serial Killer, Sunny Randall
2008Resolution Westerns, Cole & Hitch
2008Rough Weather Family Secrets, Kidnapping, Private Eye, Spenser
2008Stranger in Paradise Police Procedural, Jesse Stone
2008The Boxer and the Spy Murder Mystery, Young Adult
2009Brimstone Westerns, Cole & Hitch
2009Chasing the Bear Spenser
2009Night and Day Police Procedural, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall
2009The Professional Extortion, Private Eye, Spenser
2010Blue Eyed Devil Westerns, Cole & Hitch
2010Painted Ladies 
2010Split Image Private Eye, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall
2011Sixkill Private Eye, Spenser