Spenser novels

Author:
Parker, Robert B., 1932-2010
Parker, Robert B., 1932
Parker, Robert B
Atkins, Ace
Lupica, Mike
 
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Star rating for The Godwulf manuscript
Series Volume:
0001
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
A private detective's investigation into the theft of a rare manuscript from a university library brings him face to face with clues to a young man's murder
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Star rating for God save the child
Series Volume:
0002
Average Rating:
4.5 stars
Description:
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...
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Star rating for Mortal stakes
Series Volume:
0003
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
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...
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Star rating for Promised land
Series Volume:
0004
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
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...
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Star rating for The Judas goat
Series Volume:
0005
Average Rating:
4.5 stars
Description:
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...
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Star rating for Looking for Rachel Wallace
Series Volume:
0006
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
“Crackling dialogue, plenty of action, and expert writing.”—The New York Times
Rachel Wallace is a tough young woman with a lot of enemies. 
Spenser is a tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to protect a woman who thinks that kind of code is obsolete. Privately, they will never see eye to eye.
But when Rachel vanishes. Spenser is ready to lay his life on the line—to find Rachel Wallace.
“A...
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Star rating for Early autumn
Series Volume:
0007
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
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.
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Star rating for A savage place
Series Volume:
0008
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
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 Hollywood racketeering.
Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career. But her star witness has just bowed out with three bullets in his chest, two tough guys have doubled up to test Spenser's skill...
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Star rating for Ceremony
Series Volume:
0009
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
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...
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Star rating for The widening gyre
Series Volume:
0010
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
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...
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Star rating for Valediction
Series Volume:
0011
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
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.
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Star rating for A Catskill Eagle
Series Volume:
0012
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
Susan's letter came from California: Hand 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. . . . 
Praise for A Catskill Eagle
“Entertaining.”The...

13.  Taming a sea-horse

 
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Series Volume:
0013
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Star rating for Pale Kings and Princes
Series Volume:
0014
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
“Ebullient entertainment.Time
A hotshot reporter is dead. He'd gone to take a look-see at “Miami North”—little Wheaton, Massachusetts—the biggest cocaine distribution center above the Mason-Dixon line.
Did the kid die for getting too close to the truth . . . or to a sweet lady with a jealous husband?
Spenser will stop at nothing to find out.
Praise for Robert B. Parker's...
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Star rating for Crimson Joy
Series Volume:
0015
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
“Suspenseful . . . almost impossible to put down.”—Sacramento Union
In the city of the Red Sox and the Red Line someone is leaving roses—red ones, of course—on the bodies of women he kills. For a psychologist named Susan Silverman and a P.I. named Spenser, the case is personal. But Spenser knows it's the wrong man. Because the right one has come calling on Susan—with a red rose in hand.

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Star rating for Playmates
Series Volume:
0016
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
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 will shave a few years off his life...
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Star rating for Stardust
Series Volume:
0017
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
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."

18. Pastime

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Star rating for Pastime
Series Volume:
0018
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
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

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Star rating for Double Deuce
Series Volume:
0019
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
Spenser is forced by loyalty into an alien world where violence is a way of lie and outsiders enter at a lethal risk. When Spenser's cohort, Hawk, is hired by the tenants of a gang-plagued Boston housing project known as "Double Deuce", he enlists his friend's aid.
A friend's girl and her infant daughter have been gunned down. Though the act at first appears to be an accidental drive-by shooting, it soon becomes clear that it was premeditated...
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Star rating for Paper Doll
Series Volume:
0020
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
Boston PI Spenser investigates the perfect murder in this New York Times bestselling mystery in Robert B. Parker’s acclaimed series.
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...
“Among the best Spensers...Parker's at the top of his game!”—Boston Globe...
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Star rating for Walking Shadow
Series Volume:
0021
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
A murder draws Boston PI Spenser into the dramatic world of theater in this New York Times bestseller in Robert B. Parker’s long-running series.
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 underworld to find it...
“Great fun...[Spenser]...
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Star rating for Thin Air
Series Volume:
0022
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
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, it's not her real name...

23.  Small vices

 
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Series Volume:
0024
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Star rating for Sudden mischief
Series Volume:
0025
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
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 sexual harassment by no less than four different women. And not long after Spenser starts investigating, Sterling is wanted for a bigger charge: murder...
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Star rating for Hush Money
Series Volume:
0026
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
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 aid of a stalking victim, only to find himself the unwilling object of the woman's dangerous affection.
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Star rating for Hugger Mugger
Series Volume:
0027
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
"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 read," said Entertainment Weekly of last year's Hush Money. Now Parker presents Spenser with a deceptively dangerous and multi-layered case: Someone has been killing racehorses at stables across the south, and the Boston...

27. Potshot

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Star rating for Potshot
Series Volume:
0028
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Boston P.I. Spenser returns—heading west to the rich man’s haven of Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town reborn as a paradise for Los Angeles millionaires looking for a place to escape the pressures of their high-flying lifestyles.
Potshot overcame its rough reputation as a rendezvous for old-time mountain men who lived off the land, thanks to a healthy infusion of new blood and even newer money. But when this western idyll...
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Star rating for Widow's walk
Series Volume:
0029
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
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, she needs the best defense money can buy. His name is Spenser, and he’d give anything to believe her.
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Star rating for Back story
Series Volume:
0030
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Thirty years after an unsolved bank robbery leaves a woman dead, Paul Giacomin, whom Spenser regards like a son, and Daryl Gordon, the son of the robbery victim, turn to Spenser to seek out clues about the crime.
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Star rating for Bad business
Series Volume:
0031
Average Rating:
4.5 stars
Description:
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 the two-timing wife. They aren't the most trusting couple in town, but as it turns out, they are the most dangerous.
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Star rating for Cold service
Series Volume:
0032
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
When Spenser's closet ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting booking Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.
Spenser quickly learns...
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Star rating for School days
Series Volume:
0033
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
A horrifying school shooting draws Boston PI Spenser into a harrowing investigation in this thriller by New York Times bestselling author Robert B. Parker.
When a Massachusetts boy is accused of mass murder, his socially prominent grandmother is convinced of his innocence and is willing to fight for him. But based on the boy’s resigned attitude and the evidence stacked against him, Spenser isn’t convinced of anything—except...
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Star rating for Hundred-Dollar Baby
Series Volume:
0034
Average Rating:
4 stars
Description:
Once upon a time, though not so long ago, there was a girl named April Kyle—a beautiful teenage runaway who turned to prostitution to escape her terrible family life. April Kyle’s return in Hundred-Dollar Baby is nothing short of shocking.
 
When a mature, beautiful, and composed woman strides into Spenser’s office, the Boston PI barely hesitates before recognizing his once and future client. Now a well-established...

34.  Now and then

 
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Series Volume:
0035
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Star rating for Rough weather
Series Volume:
0036
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
A high society wedding ends unhappily ever after in this mystery starring Boston PI Spenser—“the timeless hero of American detective fiction” (The New York Times Book Review).
Hired as a bodyguard at an exclusive 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 nemesis.
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Star rating for The professional
Series Volume:
0037
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
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 new case becomes murder.
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Star rating for Painted ladies
Series Volume:
0038
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
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 as well.

38. Sixkill

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Star rating for Sixkill
Series Volume:
0039
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
Another extraordinary Spenser novel from the beloved New York Times-bestselling author.

On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. The situation doesn't look good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's...

39. Lullaby

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Star rating for Lullaby
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Series Volume:
0040
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
“Handpicked by the Parker estate to be the keeper of the flame for the Spenser franchise, award-winning author Ace Atkins…rises flawlessly to the occasion.”—Kirkus Reviews
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 now left to care for her...
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Star rating for Spenser Confidential
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Series Volume:
0041
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Previously Published as Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

NOW A NETFLIX FILM STARRING MARK WAHLBERG AS SPENSER!

Old friends. Small favors. Bitter rivals. Stirred together, it all makes for one explosive cocktail in this New York Times bestselling thriller that has Spenser feeling the heat...

Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the...

41.  Silent night

 
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Series Volume:
0042
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Star rating for Robert B. Parker's Cheap shot
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Series Volume:
0043
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
"The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots' marquee players-a hard-nosed linebacker who's earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing...

43.  Robert B. Parker's kickback

 
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Series Volume:
0044
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Star rating for Slow Burn
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Series Volume:
0045
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis in this adventure in Robert B. Parker’s iconic New York Times bestselling series.

The fire at a boarded-up Catholic church raged hot and fast, lighting up Boston’s South End and killing three firefighters who were trapped in the inferno. A year later, as the city prepares to honor their sacrifice, there are still no answers about how the deadly fire started....
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Star rating for Robert B. Parker's Little white lies
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Series Volume:
0046
Average Rating:
4.4 stars
Description:
"Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site ... She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser's card. A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with...
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Star rating for Robert B. Parker's old black magic
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Series Volume:
0047
Average Rating:
3.8 stars
Description:
"The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most valuable piece stolen, Gentlemen in Black by a Spanish master, arrives at the desk of a Boston journalist, the museum finds hope and enlists Spenser's help....

47.  Robert B. Parker's angel eyes

 
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Series Volume:
0048

48.  Robert B. Parker's Someone to watch over me

 
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Series Volume:
0049

49.  Robert B. Parker's bye bye baby

 
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Series Volume:
0050

50.  Robert B. Parker's Broken Trust

 
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Series Volume:
0051