Robert B. Parker Reading Order

Spencer Series Part 1, Books 1-20

    
 

Godwulf Manuscript

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440129615

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New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser series of crime thrillers - Book 1 in the series -

"The toughest, funniest, wisest, private eye in the field these days." - Houston Cronicle

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.

The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked "D" -- for dead.

 

 

God Save the Child

by Robert B Parker

Published 1987 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440128991

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New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser series of crime thrillers - Book 2 in the series -

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. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists. But when push comes to shove, when a boy's life is on the line, Spenser can speak that language too.

"A brillant, and cynical, comic tragedy or tragic comedy of manners. Long may Parker wave." -- Los Angeles Times

 

 

Mortal Stakes

by Robert B Parker

Published 1987 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440157588

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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.

Is Marty throwing fast balls or throwing games? It doesn't take long for Spenser to link Marty's performance with Linda's past...or to find himself trapped between a crazed racketeer and an enforcer toting an M-16.

America's favorite pastime has suddenly become a very dangerous sport, and one wrong move means strike three, with Spenser out for good!

 

 

Promised Land

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440171973

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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. Now a loan shark is putting on the bite.Spenser finds himself doing a slow burn in the Cape Cod sun. The wife has turned up as a hot suspect in a case of murder one...the in-hock hubby has 24 hours before the mob makes him dead...and suddenly Spenser is in so deep that the only way out is so risky it makes dying look like a sure thing.
"Spenser is the sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read private eye around today." (The Cincinnati Post)

 

 

Judas Goat

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440141969

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"There is no halt to the breathless action!"--The New York Times Book Review

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.

But there are nine killers to one Spenser--long odds. Hawk helps balance the equation. The rest depends on a wild plan. Spenser will get one of the terrorists to play Judas Goat--to lead him to others. Trouble is, he hasn't counted on her being very blond, very beautiful and very dangerous.

 

 

Looking for Rachel Wallace

by Robert B Parker

Published 1987 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440153160

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Spenser is..."The sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye around today...the legitimate heir to the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald tradition." -- "The Cincinnati Post"

Spenser is..."Tougher, stronger, better educated, and far more amusing than Sam Spade, Phil Marlowe, or Lewis Archer...Spenser gives the connoisseur of that rare combination of good detective fiction and good literature a chance to indulge himself." -- "The Boston Globe"

 

 

Early Autumn

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440122142

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"[Robert B.] Parker's brilliance is in his simple dialogue, and in Spenser."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

 

 

Savage Place

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440180951

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"The best new private eye in fiction since Raymond Chandler". -- Dan Wakefield "As tough as they come and spiked with a touch of real class". -- "Kirkus Reviews" "Tough, wisecracking, unafraid, lonely, unexpectedly literate--an many respects the very examplar of the species". -- "The New York Times" "Spenser gives the tribe of hard-boiled wonders a new vitality and complexity". -- "Chicago Sun-Times"

 

 

Ceremony

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440109938

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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 pinps, criminals, and exploiters--the kinf of people who won't listen to anything but money, or a gun. . . .

Praise for Ceremony

"Sizzling."--The Pittsburgh Press

"Pick of the crop, this one. Genuinely involving."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

 

Widening Gyre

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440195351

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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.

The big boys figure a little blackmail will put her husband out of the race. Until Spenser hops on the candidate's bandwagon.

But getting back the tape of the lady's X-rated indiscretion is a nonstop express ride to trouble--trouble that is deep, wide and deadly.

 

 

Valediction

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440192466

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The most dangerous man to cross is one who isn't afraid to die. But the most deadly is one who doesn't want to live. And Spenser has just lost the woman who made life his #1 priority.

So when a religious sect kidnaps a pretty young dancer, no death threat can make Spenser cut and run. Now a hit man's bullet is wearing Spenser's name. But Boston's big boys don't know Spenser's ready and willing to meet death more than halfway.

 

 

Catskill Eagle

by Robert B Parker

Published 1986 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440111320

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"His best mystery novel"--Time

Susan's letter came from California: Hawk was in jail, and she was on the run. Twenty-four hours later Hawk is free, because Spenser has sprung him loose--for a brutal cross-country journey back to the East Coast. Now the two men are on a violent ride to find the woman Spenser loves, the man who took her, and the shocking reason so many people had to die. . . .

 

 

Taming a Sea-Horse

by Robert B Parker

Published 1987 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440188414

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In his latest highly acclaimed Spenser novel, Robert B. Parker takes readers into the murky big-city underground where Spenser undertakes an intense search for a beautiful, missing prostitute, and finds himself traveling amidst the sleaze of Times Square where sex is a commodity, and young girls are the currency. This phenomenal bestseller, with a million-copy paperback first printing is supported by national TV advertising and a 6-month backlist reissue program.

 

 

Pale Kings and Princes

by Robert B Parker

Published 1988 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440200048

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The bestselling author of Pastime and Double Deuce presents a "taut thriller . . . Caught in a snowstorm of drugs, passion, and hate, Spenser investigates a cocaine-related murder. Part of Dell's ongoing Robert B.

 

 

Crimson Joy

by Robert B Parker

Published 1989 by Dell     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780440203438

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A serial killer is on the loose in Beantown and the cops can't catch him. But when the killer leaves his red rose calling card for Spenser's own Susan Silverman, he gets all the attention that Spenser and Hawk can give.

Spenser plays against time while he tracks the Red Rose killer from Boston's Combat Zone to the suburbs. His trap is both daring and brave, and gives the story a satisfying climax.

 

 

Stardust

by Robert B Parker

Published 1991 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780425127230

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Spenser's never had a client like Jill Joyce, the star of TV's Fifty Minutes. She's beautiful, bitchy, sexy--and someone is stalking her. Spenser can hardly blame the would-be assassin...until he means the true meaning of "stage fright."

 

 

Pastime

by Robert B Parker

Published 1992 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780425132937

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The most personal and revealing Spenser thriller of all, Pastime is Robert B. Parker's electrifying masterpeice of crime fiction--a startling game of memory, desire, and danger that forces Spenser to face his own past. Ten years ago, he saved a teenage boy from a father's rage. Now, on the brink of manhood, the boy seeks answers to his mother's sudden disapearance. Spenser is the only man he can turn to.

This time, it's more than a routine search for a missing person--Spenser must search his own soul...

 

 

Double Deuce

by Robert B Parker

Published 1993 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780425137932

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When a teenaged girl and her infant daughter are shot to death outside the Double Deuce housing project, tenants of the gang-plagued neighborhood turn to Hawk for help. He, in turn, enlists Spenser's aid in finding the killer. Their investigation leads them to a dark world of drugs, death, and despair. Previous publisher: Putnam.

 

 

Paper Doll

by Robert B Parker

Published 1994 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Mass Market Paperbound, English. ISBN: 9780425141557

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Spenser tracks a mystery woman who refuses to rest in peace, in Robert B. Parker's most beguiling thriller yet. Sam Spade. Philip Marlowe. Lew Archer. Spenser. Like his legendary predecessors, the tough and classy Boston PI has become an American institution. With Paper Doll, Robert B. Parker takes Spenser down a sinister path, where every welcome masks a warning and identity is paper-thin. Hired by Loudon Tripp, an aggrieved Boston aristocrat who believes the brutal street slaying of his wife, Olivia, to be something other than random violence, Spenser immediately senses Tripp's picture-perfect version of his family's life is false. For starters, the victim's reputation is far too saintly, while her house is as lived-in as a stage set and her troubled children don't appear the product of a happy home. Spenser plunges into a world of grand illusion, peopled by cardboard cutouts, including: a distinguished public servant with plenty to hide; a wealthy executive whose checks bounce; a sleepy southern town seething with scandal; and the ambiguous Olivia herself. Consummately mysterious and smokily sensual, Paper Doll is Parker and Spenser at their compelling best.