Characters > Spenser

"Like Philip Marlowe, Spenser is a man of honor in a dishonorable world. When he says he will do something, it is done. The dialogues zings, and there is plenty of action... but it is the moral element that sets them above most detective fiction." -- "Newsweek"

Featured Titles

    The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker

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 by Robert B. Parker

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 by Robert B. Parker

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 by Robert B. Parker

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 by Robert B. Parker

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

    Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker

A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.

Year: 1980
Genre: Kidnapping

    Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert B. Parker

Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and speaks her mind. She has made a lot of enemies—enemies who threaten her life. Spenser is the tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to protect a woman who thinks that code is obsolete.

Year: 1980
Genre: KidnappingPrivate Eye

    A Savage Place by Robert B. Parker

In a city of beautiful women Candy Sloan wants to be more than a pretty face. So Spenser is hired to bodyguard the L.A. TV reporter while she pursues a story of mob influence in the movie business. For the Boston P.I., the headlines in Hollywood are being written in blood and tears—as some people shoot film, and others choose guns...

Year: 1981
Genre: Private Eye

    Ceremony by Robert B. Parker

The house looked right. And the neighborhood was perfect. And everything else was wrong. So Spenser took the parents' money and went after a runaway girl. Unfortunately, April Kyle had already traveled two lifetimes from her suburban home. Now she was caught up in a web of pimps, criminals, and exploiters--the kind of people who won't listen to anything but money, or a gun. . . .

Year: 1982
Genre: Private Eye

    The Widening Gyre by Robert B. Parker

The adoring wife of a senatorial candidate has a smile as sweet as candy and dots her i's with little hearts. A blond beauty, she is the perfect mate for an ambitious politician, but she has a little problem with sex and drugs--a problem someone has managed to put on videotape.

Year: 1983
Genre: Extortion

 

 

Titles

Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1973The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker Murder Mystery, Spenser
1974God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker Kidnapping, Spenser, Boston
1975Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Baseball, Spenser, Boston
1976Promised Land by Robert B. Parker Missing Person, Organized Crime, Spenser
1978The Judas Goat by Robert B. Parker Thriller, Spenser
1980Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker Kidnapping, Spenser
1980Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert B. Parker Kidnapping, Private Eye, Spenser
1981A Savage Place by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1982Ceremony by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1983The Widening Gyre by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Spenser
1985A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1986Taming a Sea-Horse by Robert B. Parker Missing Person, Private Eye, Spenser
1987Pale Kings and Princes by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1988Crimson Joy by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Serial Killer, Spenser, Boston
1989Playmates by Robert B. Parker Basketball, Spenser, Boston
1990Stardust by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1992Double Deuce by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1993Paper Doll by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1994Spenser's Boston by Robert B. Parker Spenser, Boston
1994Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1995Thin Air by Robert B. Parker Missing Person, Private Eye, Spenser
1996Chance by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser, Las Vegas
1997Small Vices by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1998Sudden Mischief by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1999Hush Money by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
2000Hugger Mugger by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser, Georgia
2001Potshot by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser, Arizona
2002Widow's Walk by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
2003Back Story by Robert B. Parker Cold Case, Private Eye, Jesse Stone, Spenser
2004Bad Business by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
2005Cold Service by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Vengeance, Spenser
2005School Days by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
2006Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Private Eye, Spenser
2007Now and Then by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
2008Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker Family Secrets, Kidnapping, Private Eye, Spenser
2009Chasing the Bear by Robert B. Parker Origin Story, Spenser
2009The Professional by Robert B. Parker Extortion, Private Eye, Spenser
2011Sixkill by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
2012In Pursuit of Spenser by Otto Penzler Biography, on Writing, Spenser, Non-Fiction
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