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Wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser has earned author Robert B. Parker a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim. The Spenser character inspired the television series Spenser: For Hire and a number of made-for-television films.

 

The Godwulf Manuscript

Spenser #1

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...


God Save the Child

Spenser #2

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.  It...


Mortal Stakes

Spenser #3

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.

Is Marty throwing fast balls...


The Judas Goat

Spenser #5

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....


Looking for Rachel Wallace

Spenser #6

by Robert B. Parker

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,...


A Savage Place

Spenser #8

by Robert B. Parker

TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of...


Ceremony

Spenser #9

by Robert B. Parker

Boston private eye Spenser's search for a missing high-school girl takes him to Boston's Combat Zone, to high-class, specialty brothels, and back to the straight world whose righteous facade overlap pervasive...


The Widening Gyre

Spenser #10

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...


Valediction

Spenser #11

by Robert B. Parker

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...


A Catskill Eagle

Spenser #12

by Robert B. Parker

Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend, Hawk, go to find Susan. Soon they are in the world of the CIA, guns...


Taming a Seahorse

Spenser #13

by Robert B. Parker

Spenser's interest in teenage prostitute April Kyle leads him to Robert Rambeaux, ersatz Juilliard student and April's pimp, and to Ginger Bucky, another of Rambeaux's hookers, who suddenly turns up dead.


Pale Kings and Princes

Spenser #14

by Robert B. Parker

"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...


Crimson Joy

Spenser #15

by Robert B. Parker

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...


Playmates

Spenser #16

by Robert B. Parker

Spenser goes back to school--to investigate corruption in college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash. And if Spenser doesn't watch his own footwork, the guilty parties...


Stardust

Spenser #17

by Robert B. Parker

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...


Pastime

Spenser #18

by Robert B. Parker

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...


Double Deuce

Spenser #19

by Robert B. Parker

Hawk wants Spenser to wage war on a street gang. Susan wants Spenser to move in with her. Either way, Spenser's out of his element. So why not risk both?


Paper Doll

Spenser #20

by Robert B. Parker

She was a model wife and mother, bludgeoned with a hammer on the streets of Beacon Hill. Spenser's searching for a motive and a murderer--and finding more secrets than meet the eye...


Walking Shadow

Spenser #21

by Robert B. Parker

In a shabby waterfront town, an actor is shot dead onstage. Granted, the script left much to be desired. But there's more behind the scenes than an overzealous critic--and Spenser and Hawk are combing Port City's...


Thin Air

Spenser #22

by Robert B. Parker

Her name is Lisa St. Claire. Her husband's a cop. Her whereabouts are unknown. Spenser thought he could help a friend find his missing wife. Until he learned the nasty truth about Lisa St. Claire. For starters,...


Chance

Spenser #23

by Robert B. Parker

Mafia princess Shirley Meeker wants her husband back. So does her father the kingpin and a few other shady characters. Spenser and hawk head to Vegas to find Anthony Meeker and to confirm their suspicion that...


Small Vices

Spenser #24

by Robert B. Parker

Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

From Boston's back streets to Manhattan's elite, Spenser and Hawk search...


Sudden Mischief

Spenser #25

by Robert B. Parker

Susan Silverman's ex doesn't call himself "Silverman" anymore--he's changed his name to "Sterling." And that's not the only thing that's phony about him. A do-gooding charity fundraiser, he's been accused of...


Hush Money

Spenser #26

by Robert B. Parker

Spenser has his hands full when he takes on two cases at once. In the first, a high-minded university might be hiding a killer within a swamp of political correctness. And in the other, Spenser comes to the...


Hugger Mugger

Spenser #27

by Robert B. Parker

"It's easy to see why Parker's snappy banter and cynical eye have kept fans turning pages for 25 years . . . his wisecracks, combined with Parker's shorthand flair for scathing characterization, make for a satisfying...


Potshot

Spenser #28

by Robert B. Parker

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Widow's Walk

Spenser #29

by Robert B. Parker

One of Boston’s elite has been murdered. The accused is his new wife. She’s blonde, beautiful, and young. The jury’s going to hate her. With next-to-no alibi, and multi-million reasons to kill her husband,...


Back Story

Spenser #30

by Robert B. Parker

In Robert B. Parker's most popular series, an unsolved thirty-year-old-murder draws the victim's daughter out of the shadows for overdue justice-and lures Spenser into his own past, old crimes, and dangerous...


Bad Business

Spenser #31

by Robert B. Parker

One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to follow a cheating husband, only to cross paths with a detective hired to tail...


Cold Service

Spenser #32

by Robert B. Parker

When his closest ally, Hawk, is beaten and left for dead while protecting a bookie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his best pal, body and soul. But that means infiltrating a ruthless mob—and...


School Days

Spenser #33

by Robert B. Parker

When a Massachusetts boy is accused of mass murder, his socially prominent grandmother, who hires Spenser to investigate, is convinced of his innocence. But Spenser isn’t convinced of anything—except that...


Hundred-Dollar Baby

Spenser #34

by Robert B. Parker

April Kyle, a prostitute from Spenser's past, comes back into his life-with deadly complications.


Now and Then

Spenser #35

by Robert B. Parker

Investigating a case of infidelity sounds simple-until it plunges Spenser and his beloved Susan into a politically charged murder plot that's already left three people dead.


Rough Weather

Spenser #36

by Robert B. Parker

Hired as a bodyguard at an exclusive society wedding, Spenser witnesses an unexpected crime: the kidnapping of the young bride, which opens the door for murder, family secrets, and the reappearance of an old...


Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

Spenser #37

by Robert B. Parker

For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery...


The Professional

Spenser #38

by Robert B. Parker

The wives of Boston's wealthiest men have a mutual secret: they all had an affair with the same cad who's blackmailing them, and Spenser's been hired to stop him. But when the wives start dying one by one, Spenser's...


Painted Ladies

Spenser #39

by Robert B. Parker

Spenser had a simple job-protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. No one was supposed to die. But the scholar had secrets no one knew, and uncovering them will endanger Spenser...


Sixkill

Spenser #40

by Robert B. Parker

A bad-boy movie star named Jumbo pushes the limits of his reputation when he's accused of rape and murder. When the Boston PD calls on Spencer, he meets Jumbo's young bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and the two...


Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

Spenser #41

by Ace Atkins

When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not convinced by her claim that the wrong man was convicted. Mattie is street-smart, wise beyond her years, and...


Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

Spenser #42

by Ace Atkins

Old friends. Small favors. Bitter rivals. Stirred together, it all makes for one explosive cocktail. Spenser can feel the heat stretching from Boston to Vegas-and people are about to get burned.

Henry Cimoli...


Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot

Spenser #43

by Ace Atkins

"Assured... Atkins's gift for mimicking the late Robert B. Parker could lead to a long run, the the delight of Spenser devotees."

-Publishers Weekly

The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in...


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