Books by Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis’


SILENT NIGHT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"The mystery is even less robust than Parker's own final cases for the peerless PI, but Spenser lets nothing him dismay. If this adventure lights the tree, expect Christmas tales starring Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Hannibal Lecter."
Just what you've been waiting for: Spenser and his circle celebrate Christmas by asking some questions, doing some good deeds and shooting down some bad guys. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Screenwriter Knott effortlessly handles the nonstop plot complications, doesn't bother to create actual characters and comes a cropper with the laconic dialogue he supplies for Virgil and Everett, who sound like parodies of the strong, silent types Parker created."
Not even their creator's death can slow down newly appointed Indian Territory marshal Virgil Cole and his friend and deputy Everett Hitch (Blue-Eyed Devil, 2010, etc.) as they board a train for a routine journey that turns out to be anything but. Read full book review >
SIXKILL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2011

"By no means as substantial or resourceful as Parker's best, but a treasurable demonstration of the bromide that "life is mostly metaphor"—at least to the peerless private eye and his fans."
The mysterious death of a star-struck young woman who struck a star's fancy provides the basis for Spenser's valedictory outing. Read full book review >
PAINTED LADIES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The yawning gap between the customary attitudinizing and the serious issues the tale raises make this far from Spenser's finest hour, yet one no serious fan will think of missing."
Spenser's last case. Read full book review >
BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2010

"More shifting allegiances, moral dilemmas and characters capable of change than Virgil and Everett's fans may be used to. It's a shame that this youngest of the late Parker's franchises has to end so soon."
Now that they've cleaned up Appaloosa, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have to contend with its new police chief in their fourth and presumably final adventure. Read full book review >
SPLIT IMAGE by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Once again Parker leans on his distinctive voice to rescue an ambling plot, unfolding expertly but aimlessly, that seems borrowed from a middling episode of Homicide: Life on the Street."
While his ladylove, Boston shamus Sunny Randall, wrestles with the problem of a young woman who's left her parents to join a cult, Paradise, Mass., police chief Jesse Stone (Night and Day, 2009, etc.) investigates a pair of mob hits that are much more than mob hits. Read full book review >
THE PROFESSIONAL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"Though Parker's flagship sleuth doesn't distinguish himself as either a detective or a problem-solver, his bewildered uncertainty is more touching and revealing than his customary machismo."
Not even Spenser's formidable gifts are equal to the problems posed by a charming blackmailer who kisses and threatens to tell. Read full book review >
BRIMSTONE by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"No surprises, but provides some excellent evidence for anyone who wants to argue that Spenser's creator has been writing nothing but westerns for 35 years."
Freelance gunslingers Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (Resolution, 2008, etc.) ride into yet another town and treat it to another baptism of fire. Read full book review >
NIGHT AND DAY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"The usual navel-gazing is fleshed out with sage reflections about the psychology of voyeurs, though no mention is made of readers who love the frisson of second-hand crime."
Police chief Jesse Stone (Stranger in Paradise, 2008, etc.) must have put the fear of God into would-be killers in his little town of Paradise. Now he's reduced to hunting down a Peeping Tom. Read full book review >
RESOLUTION by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2008

Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole ride (separately) into the western town of Resolution and deal with the trouble that instantly springs up to greet them. Read full book review >
THE BOXER AND THE SPY by Robert B. Parker
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

This conventional mystery from the prolific adult author features standard villains with some spice thrown in by the boxing leitmotif. Read full book review >

STRANGER IN PARADISE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Parker at his worst. As the body count rises among competing factions, Jesse and Crow take turns exchanging Zenlike aphorisms to cover their lack of motivation for behaving like a pair of loose cannons."
Parker's second-string hero, police chief Jesse Stone (High Profile, 2007, etc.), moves deeper into Spenser territory, for better or worse, when he tangos with an adversary-turned-ally who's as tough and laconic as he is. Read full book review >
NOW AND THEN by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Parker never reveals Last Hope's nefarious plans. Even so, the first half, before the manly stuff sends the tale up a blind alley, is something special."
Spenser, who's become increasingly inclined to retrospection (Hundred-Dollar Baby, 2006, etc.), uses a brush with domestic terrorists to settle a 20-year-old score with Susan Richman. Read full book review >
SPARE CHANGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 5, 2007

"What's left is what's always left even in Parker's worst: the knowing, laconic dialogue, the endless posturing, the nuggets of hard-won wisdom you never could've come up with yourself."
Sunny Randall joins her father, pulled out of retirement, and every cop in Boston to catch a serial killer who's skipped a generation. Read full book review >
EDENVILLE OWLS by Robert B. Parker
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2007

Trying his hand at writing for a younger audience, the bestselling novelist wraps a tale of bigotry and spousal abuse around a pick-up basketball team's drive to the state tournament, and the hormone-driven confusion of its young coach. Read full book review >

HIGH PROFILE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"If the complications that follow don't live up to the situation's promise, even mid-level Parker is always well worth your time and money."
While trying to solve a delicate murder case, small-town police chief Jesse Stone comes up with a uniquely ingenious way to juggle the two ladies in his life. Read full book review >
HUNDRED-DOLLAR BABY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"Spenser's detective chops are less in evidence than his messiah complex. Even the dialogue, always Parker's specialty, sounds suspiciously like Elmore Leonard."
Spenser, who seems to alternate these days between meaty cases and time-passers, follows School Days (2005) with a thin tale of trouble among high-class prostitutes whose only distinction is bringing back a familiar face from the past. Read full book review >
BLUE SCREEN by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 6, 2006

"Does Spenser's creator plan to tie up both his second- and third-string series in a single knot of domestic bliss? The riddle is one more reminder that his heroes have always been more important than their cases."
Boston shamus Sunny Randall's fifth case takes her out to Hollywood, but her most fateful meeting is a lot closer to home. Read full book review >
SEA CHANGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Though every single character has, at most, two speeds—furtive self-concealment and blustering wisecracks—Jesse's fifth case (after Stone Cold, 2003) is strong enough to rank near his best."
A ravaged corpse that bobs to the surface of Paradise Harbor during Race Week leads Jesse Stone to a surprisingly intricate case of sex and murder. Read full book review >
SCHOOL DAYS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Spenser's most wide-ranging, deeply felt and penetrating case in years, one that will leave you wondering why, as one kid says, violence doesn't break out at schools more often."
Just when you thought the Spenser saga (Cold Service, 2005, etc.) had tailed off into attitude and wryly clipped trash talk, Parker socks another home run with a tale ripped from not-so-recent headlines. Read full book review >
APPALOOSA by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2005

"Wonderful stuff: notch 51 for Parker. "
If Spenser and Hawk had been around when the West was wild, they'd have talked like Cole and Hitch. Read full book review >
COLD SERVICE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2005

Eight years after Spenser was shot and left for dead (Small Vices, 1997), it's Hawk's turn to seek revenge on his would-be killers. Read full book review >
DOUBLE PLAY by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2004

"The talk is electric, the pacing breakneck, the cast colorful and empathic. After a couple of so-so efforts, Parker flat out nails it here."
Ebbetts Field, 1947. Robinson's penciled in at first, a guy named Burke has his back, Parker benches Spenser (Back Story, 2000, etc.), and we get a gem of a book. Read full book review >
BAD BUSINESS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2004

"Parker thickens the plot with a master's patience, producing some satisfyingly unexpected twists, even though, in accord with his recent manner (Back Story, 2003, etc.), he's a lot less careful about wrapping it all up."
God's gift to the Boston crime scene follows an errant husband into a world of corporate malfeasance. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Jesse preens less than the better-known Spenser and earns his male posturing more completely through his appealing vulnerability. Good-bye, Mr. Second String: A star is born."
After waiting in Spenser's long shadow for three cases, alcoholic small-town police chief Jesse Stone (Death in Paradise, 2001, etc.) comes into his own big-time when he goes up against a husband-and-wife pair of serial killers. Read full book review >
BACK STORY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 10, 2003

"Mid-grade mystery buffed to a high gloss. Like it or not, Parker has made male posturing into an art form."
Though Pearl the Wonder Dog has died, she's promptly replaced by Pearl II in the most resonant image of Parker's attitude toward her aging, ageless owner in his 30th appearance. Read full book review >
SHRINK RAP by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

Not even a first printing of 750,000 and a ten-city tour can protect romance novelist Melanie Joan Hall from John Melvin, MD, the ex-husband who's stalking her, harassing her at a signing in Cleveland and leaving bloody smears on a window in Cincinnati. Read full book review >

WIDOW’S WALK by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2002

"Spenser's always been as mannered and self-involved as he finds Marlon Brando, but it's hard to remember a single one of his earlier cases that provided so few non-Spenser pleasures. The bestselling hero's earned a rest between hits, of course, but what about the fans who made him a star?"
When even Pearl the Wonder Dog is slowing down—she's deaf and arthritic and obviously hasn't long to live—you have to wonder whether Spenser will ever rouse himself from his recent doldrums (Potshot, 2001, etc.). Not this time. Read full book review >
DEATH IN PARADISE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

The regular evening game of the Paradise Men's Softball League is interrupted when the body of a young woman floats to the surface of the adjacent lake. Read full book review >

GUNMAN’S RHAPSODY by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2001

"Goes on a bit after that climactic showdown, which is probably a mistake. But for the most part the action bristles, the talk is excellent, and the characters hold you: a much better than OK ride."
It's those lead-slinging Earps—revisited and revitalized—strapping it on again in Parker's first western. Read full book review >
POTSHOT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2001

"Like Mickey Spillane and Elmore Leonard, Parker reminds you how much hard-boiled fiction owes to western dime novels. This time, though, what gets recycled is mostly faux nobility—Spenser won't shoot unless the bad guys shoot first—and male attitude."
Spenser's 29th case takes him to faraway Potshot, Arizona, where somebody's gunned down Mary Lou Buckman's husband Steve on the main street in broad daylight. Read full book review >
PERISH TWICE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

Artist/shamus Sunny Randall's second case (Family Honor, 1999) might be called A Tale of Two Stalkers. The first is Lawrence B. Reeves, the part-time Boston U. philosophy prof who won't stop hassling Mary Lou Goddard, the grimly lesbian corporate consultant whose can-do public image would take a nose-dive if it were known that she was being stalked, especially by a former lover. Read full book review >

HUGGER MUGGER by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 3, 2000

Feeling somewhat out of his element, Spenser nevertheless hires on when Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, offers him this horse-watching gig. Read full book review >

FAMILY HONOR by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

What if Spenser were a woman? Read full book review >

HUSH MONEY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 1999

To celebrate his 25th anniversary as Boston's preeminent private eye, Spenser takes two pro bono cases as favors to his nearest and dearest. Read full book review >

TROUBLE IN PARADISE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

Parker's 30th novel brings back Jesse Stone, alcoholic police chief of Paradise, Mass. Read full book review >

SUDDEN MISCHIEF by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 9, 1998

In Spenser's 25th appearance, the peerless Boston shamus is reduced to doing pro bono work on behalf of his lover Susan Silverman's scapegrace of an ex-husband. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 1997 by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"Completists buying both anthologies will duplicate only the two strong stories by S.J. Rozan and Brendan DuBois."
Only a year after the demise of Edward Hoch's annual mystery anthology for Walker, series editor Otto Penzler kicks off a new annual modeled on Houghton Mifflin's Best American Short Stories, ...Essays, and ...Sports Writing. Read full book review >
NIGHT PASSAGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"But you'll have to wait for later entries in this new series for a great story."
After 24 Spenser titles (Small Vices, p. 90, etc.), Parker branches out with this tale of Jesse Stone, who's eased out of LAPD Homicide by his divorce-driven drinking, then hired by the sharp town fathers of Paradise, Mass., to replace Chief Tom Carson, who found out a little too much about Paradise. Read full book review >
SMALL VICES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 2, 1997

Peerless shamus Spenser's 24th case (Chance, 1996, etc.) is almost his last, thanks to an assassin who's a lot more like him than he'd like to acknowledge. Read full book review >

CHANCE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 21, 1996

A missing mafia son-in-law leads Spenser and Hawk (Thin Air, 1995, etc., etc.) across the country and back to some alarmingly intricate, high-level double-dealing. Read full book review >

THIN AIR by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 11, 1995

"Brother, can this guy talk."
Spenser's 22nd adventure pits him against the kidnapper of a bride who has as much to hide as the deranged romantic who's kidnapped her. Read full book review >
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Parker is in fine form."
Three generations' worth of love and obsession are the foundation of this tightly worked novel by the author of the popular Spenser series. Read full book review >
WALKING SHADOW by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 25, 1994

An irresistible new crime novel that will captivate both longtime and soon-to-be-devoted Spenser lovers. Read full book review >

PAPER DOLL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1993

DOUBLE DEUCE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 1992

"Nothing new, just Parker marking perfect time: Spenser fans will love it."
Spenser and Hawk take on a black street-gang while, on the domestic front, Susan persuades Spenser to move in: more hard-boiled mystery with a runny yolk from the ever-entertaining Parker. Read full book review >
PASTIME by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 17, 1991

Parker continues his high rebound (begun with his Chandleresque Poodle Springs and last year's Spenser yarn, Stardust) with a sequel to Early Autumn (1980) that's even more vibrant than the original, which Spenser fans will remember as one of the Boston p.i.'s most personal, resonant cases. Read full book review >
STARDUST by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 12, 1990

"But the repartee along the way is better than in other recent Spensers; there's a blessed minimum of the sleuth's cooking and preening; and Parker's TV-series experience shows nicely in the irreverent detailing of on-location production and show-biz dealings."
Spenser of Boston in another TV-episode-sized, awfully familiar scenario: this time he's hired to guard the temperamental star of a TV series (shooting on location in Boston) and to find how who, if anyone, has been terrorizing her with nasty phone calls and such. Read full book review >
PERCHANCE TO DREAM by Robert B. Parker
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

An honorable sequel to The Big Sleep (1939), Raymond Chandler's—and p.i. Read full book review >

MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

An honorable sequel to The Big Sleep (1939), Raymond Chandler's—and p.i. Read full book review >
PLAYMATES by Robert B. Parker
Released: May 1, 1989

Which came first—the "Spenser" TV series or the Spenser novels that read like run-of-the-mill television scripts? Read full book review >

PLAYMATES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1989

"Thinly plotted, including one highly extraneous murder—but fast, breezy, and with enough of the usual trimmings (fancy cooking, smart one-liners, tough-guy preening) to please undemanding fans."
Which came first—the "Spenser" TV series or the Spenser novels that read like run-of-the-mill television scripts? Read full book review >
CRIMSON JOY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1988

"Susan relationship ("the connection between us was shimmering and palpable and more changeless than the universe"); otherwise—yet another disappointment for fans of early, high-quality Spenser."
To an even greater extent than other, recent, mystery-poor outings for Spenser, this new episode is more melodrama than detection: Boston's new serial psycho-killer just happens to be a patient of psychologist Susan Silverman (Spenser's beloved)—so the shamus teams up with the cops to identify and nab the psycho. . .without compromising Susan's professional ethics. Read full book review >
PALE KINGS AND PRINCES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 5, 1987

"But, unlike many recent Parker efforts, it's crisply paced, divertingly peopled, quietly amusing, and occasionally touching—with only a few eruptions of the maudlin staginess and preachy self-congratulation that have made the 1980's Spenser so trying."
Spenser vs. drug-smugglers and corrupt cops in a small Massachusetts town: a fast, straightforward, unpretentious addition to one of mystery fiction's most uneven series. Read full book review >
TAMING A SEAHORSE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 6, 1986

In this thin sequel to Ceremony (1982), tough/noble Spenser again sets out to save (more or less) teen prostitute April Kyle—now working in Manhattan, where she has foolishly left the classy brothel run by Patricia Utley (Spenser's chum) in order to turn call-girl tricks for a sleek black pimp named Robert Rambeaux. Read full book review >
A CATSKILL EAGLE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 14, 1985

"Implausible plotting, incessant wisecracks, some lively action that's more A-Team than Hammett: smug thug Spenser's personal "code of honor" has never seemed to pompous and specious."
Like Dick Francis and others, Parker is receiving major media attention while producing his weakest work: there hasn't been a completely satisfying Spenser outing, in fact, since Promised Land. Read full book review >
VALEDICTION by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 27, 1984

"Largely humorless, drippy whenever Susan or new-love Linda is concerned ("I clung to her as if I clung to earth")—but fast and tidy, with a few promising echoes of the early, vastly superior Spenser novels."
Though macho/sensitive Spenser continues to wallow in self-pity about estranged girlfriend Susan (Dashiell Hammett would gag), this new case—#11 in the series—offers a slightly more textured plot than recent outings. . . even if the basic ingredients (religious cult, drugs) are standard-issue. Read full book review >
LOVE AND GLORY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"Despite a few nicely wry vignettes along the way: dismayingly thin, self-indulgent work—from a gifted writer whose talent keeps seeping away into narcissism and sentimentality."
Now that his detective-hero Spenser has become such an earnest, predictable character, one looks forward to Parker's second non-Spenser novel—only to find that this short tale of obsessive-love-triumphant does little more than recycle the least attractive aspects of the Spenser persona. Read full book review >
THE WIDENING GYRE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 11, 1983

"But while some readers (newcomers especially) will appreciate the quick, sassy, competent narration here, Spenser veterans will continue to be disappointed—by the thin mystery, the undeveloped supporting cast, and the tired, smug portrait of Spenser himself."
Case #10 for Boston's Spenser—who made himself a well-deserved reputation with his first four appearances (especially Promised Land) but has been in sketchy, self-indulgent decline ever since. Read full book review >
CEREMONY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 1982

"No mystery, fewer laughs than usual, lots of one-on-one violence—a predictable yet swiftly readable Spenser, without the pretentious chitchat that has bogged down some of his recent outings."
Tracking down runaway teenage girls is a staple of hard-boiled shamus fiction, and that's what Boston's Spenser is up to in this slight, efficient episode—a modest comeback after the tedium of 4 Savage Place. Read full book review >
A SAVAGE PLACE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1981

"Never less than readable, of course—but with little mystery, no deduction, few laughs, and a plot that seems like a Rockford Files discard, the best this will do is fill some time while waiting for the prime-Spenser comeback that's surely just around the corner."
If the last four Spenser mysteries have all been disappointing, at least they've been disappointing ha different ways: the terrorism clichés of The Judas Goat, the talky sexual politics of Looking for Rachel Wallace, the macho sentimentality of Early Autumn, and now the just-plain-dullness of this Hollywood/Mob case. Read full book review >
EARLY AUTUMN by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 2, 1980

"Kramer than The Maltese Falcon—disappointing for mystery lovers, nice enough (with a fair number of well-earned laughs along the way) for those tolerant of Parker's particular brand of tough-guy treacle."
It's becoming abundantly clear that gifted Mr. Parker is no longer interested in devising mysteries or even much action/adventure for Boston's macho-sensitive shamus Spenser. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"But too often this seems like a cut-rate, de-nuanced ripoff of Deliverance; and certainly Parker could have found a less contrived and melodramatic forum for examining the relationship between a sensitive macho man and an even more macho lady."
Though still capable of terrific stretches of unadorned action, shorthand atmosphere, and downbeat comic dialogue, Parker (the Spenser detective series) has become a painfully self-conscious prophet of liberated macho—especially here, with an obviously autobiographical hero: athletic, middle-aging Aaron Newman, who writes books "about courage and the matter of honor. . . ." Read full book review >
THE JUDAS GOAT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 2, 1978

"Hey, Spenser, go back to Boston where you belong and, for Pete's sake, stop whimpering!"
Bad news for Spenser fans. Read full book review >
THREE WEEKS IN SPRING by Robert B. Parker
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 14, 1977

"The medicine of choice for post-operatives and a tart tonic for anyone else."
An upbeat and romantic mastectomy story? Read full book review >
PROMISED LAND by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 30, 1976

"Nervy, classy entertainment with lots of extracurricular pleasures."
Parker—more deservedly compared to Chandler than most—surely believes, as Chandler did, that the mystery story is a novel. Read full book review >
MORTAL STAKES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 17, 1975

"Parker tells a fresh, funny, direct and different story—it's as tough as they come and spiked with a touch of real class."
Spenser (like the poet) is just about the best new private investigator in town and this time he's hired to see whether Red Sox ballplayer Marty Rabb might be occasionally fixing a game because of some external pressures. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE THE CHILD by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 21, 1974

"Cheeky, bright entertainment with a very ulterior transgressor."
Spenser of The Godwulf Manuscript is not trying to be like anybody else this time and he's a disarmingly casual private investigator who says anything which comes into his head and it's usually pretty funny. Read full book review >
THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 16, 1973

"The publishers make the comparison to Philip Marlowe (author-professor Parker did a dissertation on Chandler-Hammett) but it won't serve him well — there's some of the toughness and the terseness but the hat's much too big for him and it hasn't got the right slouch."
A missing illuminated manuscript takes private eye Spenser to a Boston campus with familiar extracurricular activities — student radicalism, sex and drugs — but it is an attractive, flaky gift charged with murder — who really gives him something to think about. Read full book review >