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Publication Order of Spenser Books

The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God Save the Child (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mortal Stakes (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Promised Land (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judas Goat (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Early Autumn (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Savage Place (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ceremony (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Widening Gyre (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valediction (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Catskill Eagle (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taming a Sea-Horse (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pale Kings and Princes (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimson Joy (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Playmates (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stardust (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pastime (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Deuce (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paper Doll (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walking Shadow (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thin Air (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chance (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small Vices (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sudden Mischief (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hush Money (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hugger Mugger (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Potshot (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Widow's Walk (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Back Story (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Business (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Service (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
School Days (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hundred-Dollar Baby / Dream Girl (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Now and Then (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Weather (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Professional (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Painted Ladies (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sixkill (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Night (With: Helen Brann) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lullaby (By: Ace Atkins) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wonderland / Spenser Confidential (By: Ace Atkins) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cheap Shot (By: Ace Atkins) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kickback (By: Ace Atkins) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slow Burn (By: Ace Atkins) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little White Lies (By: Ace Atkins) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Black Magic (By: Ace Atkins) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel Eyes (By: Ace Atkins) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Someone to Watch Over Me (By: Ace Atkins) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bye Bye Baby (By: Ace Atkins) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Broken Trust (By: Mike Lupica) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jesse Stone Books

Night Passage (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble in Paradise (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Paradise (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone Cold (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sea Change (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Profile (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger in Paradise (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night and Day (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Split Image (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killing The Blues (By: Michael Brandman) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool Me Twice (By: Michael Brandman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Damned If You Do (By: Michael Brandman) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blind Spot (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil Wins (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Debt to Pay (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hangman's Sonnet (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colorblind (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bitterest Pill (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool's Paradise (By: Mike Lupica) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone's Throw (By: Mike Lupica) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fallout (By: Mike Lupica) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sunny Randall Books

Family Honor (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perish Twice (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shrink Rap (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Melancholy Baby (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Screen (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spare Change (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Feud (By: Mike Lupica) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grudge Match (By: Mike Lupica) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Payback (By: Mike Lupica) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revenge Tour (By: Mike Lupica) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Influence (By: Alison Gaylin) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Books

Appaloosa (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resolution (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brimstone (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue-Eyed Devil (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ironhorse (By: Robert Knott) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bull River (By: Robert Knott) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bridge (By: Robert Knott) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blackjack (By: Robert Knott) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revelation (By: Robert Knott) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buckskin (By: Robert Knott) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Opium Rose (By: Robert Knott) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wilderness (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surrogate (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love and Glory (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Our Yesterdays (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunman's Rhapsody (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Play (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Edenville Owls (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boxer and the Spy (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Training with Weights (With: John R. Marsh) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Weeks In Spring (With: Joan H. Parker) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Year at the Races (With: Joan H. Parker) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spenser's Boston (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Philip Marlowe Books

The Big Sleep (By: Raymond Chandler) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farewell, My Lovely (By: Raymond Chandler) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The High Window (By: Raymond Chandler) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lady in the Lake (By: Raymond Chandler) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Sister (By: Raymond Chandler) (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Goodbye (By: Raymond Chandler) (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Playback (By: Raymond Chandler) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poodle Springs (With: Raymond Chandler) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perchance to Dream (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black-Eyed Blonde (By: Benjamin Black) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Only to Sleep (By: Lawrence Osborne) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Goodbye Coast (By: Joe Ide) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Murderer (By: Denise Mina) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Young Spenser Books

Chasing the Bear (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spenser (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories 1997(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boston Noir 2(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Robert B. Parker:

There is a place where crime creates an excitement and fascination; only in books or the movies. The reason this is true is because one is able to be part of the crime and not really be there. It is the unfolding of stunt after stunt in the mind as the crime story brings events and characters into life. Such novels, depicting finesse in creation of almost real events and characters can only be attributed to prolific authors.

Robert B. Parker is accurately within this league of authors and his works are almost purely detective and western fiction. However, he has also written children’s books. He also has non-fiction writings to his name and some of his books have been adapted into television series, most notably the Spenser series.

Biography of Mr. Parker

Parker was born in the American town of Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1932. He also went by the nickname Ace. He was quite the scholar and began his academic journey at Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he earned himself a Bachelor of Arts degree. Thereafter, he joined the army and had the experience of being a Korean war veteran. Soon after completion of his service in the US Army, Robert B. Parker went back to school.

He joined Boston University to pursue a Master’s degree in English literature which he completed in 1957. Henceforth until 1962, he worked writing advertising and technical content. Choosing to further his education again, he set out for a doctorate degree still at Boston University. In 1971 he was awarded with a PhD in his earlier course, English literature. He scaled the heights to become a full professor in 1976.

He got into teaching at The Northeastern University and at times he would also teach at Boston University. Amidst the academic progress, Parker got married to Joan Hall in August 1956. Coincidentally, the two had spent most of their childhood within the same neighborhood and Parker would make claims of having interacted with Joan as a toddler while at a childhood birthday party. Parker and his wife had two sons, David and Daniel.

Interestingly, Parker had a special liking for dogs such that most of his novels always featured them alongside the story characters. He began his writing career in 1971 and continued until his demise in 2010. Having lived for seventy seven years, he succumbed to a heart attack while working on a novel at his desk in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Literary works of Robert B. Parker

An established don in the field of English literature, Parker was in his element when he wrote his first novel in 1971. He has been credited as having revamped the genre of detective writing by his formidable stories. To that effect he received a number of awards and commendations; Two Edgar Awards courtesy of Mystery Writer’s of America, The Grand Master Award and The Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award. Parker’s most popular novels are those featuring Spenser, a private detective.

This series saw his works being taken up by ABC television for adaptation into a TV series. Moreover, a number of movies on the same character were also developed. He was able to collaborate with several other authors and his wife in producing Western novels and non-fiction writings respectively. In 1994 he reached an agreement with a Japanese photographer to use one of Parker’s famous character, Spenser in the creation of a photo-based coffee table book about the city of Boston.

Some of the novels under Parker’s name include the following;- The Godwulf Manuscript Promised Land A Savage Place Valediction Poodle Springs All Our Yesterdays Sudden Mischief Family Honor Shrink Rap Appaloosa Sixkill Robert B. Parker’s works cannot be listed without mentioning the Spencer series. Others include Sunny Randall series, Jesse Stone series and Cole & Hitch series. The Godwulf manuscript is the first book in the Spencer series.

It wit-fully introduces Spenser who happens to be a private detective based in Boston. Spenser gets hired by the president of a certain university. His task is to recover a stolen medieval manuscript whose historical importance far outweighs its value in terms of money. He is tipped to investigate a certain Student group which falls high on the suspect list. Spencer interviews the group’s secretary, Terry Orchard and her boyfriend Dennis Powell.

What ensues immediately, is the murder of Dennis using Terry’s gun thus implicating her as the murderer. This situation convinces Spenser that Terry is actually innocent of stealing the prized manuscript. As he continues investigations, he is led to an English professor, Hayden, who is allegedly a member of the radical student group. Hayden denies having any links with the group and the University fires Spencer for having interviewed staff against the campus authority’s advice.

The manuscript is returned soon after but Spencer is bent on proving Terry’s innocence in the murder of Dennis. Suspense and intrigue builds as Spencer involves a local crime guru, Joe Broz in his quest for justice. What follows is a series of events highlighted by more murders, exchange of gun-fire and unraveling of the true killer who happens to be Hayden in collaboration with Broz. God Save the Child is the sequel to Godwulf Manuscript.

n this novel Spencer continues in his detective exploits. He is hired again, brought to task in finding a fifteen year old boy, Kevin who has gone missing. A ransom note appearing later answers the question whether Kevin had simply run away or had been abducted. Following death threats over the phone to Kevin’s mother and the murder of the family lawyer, the events confirm an intricately arranged crime taking place.

Spencer’s investigations lead him to Vic Harroway, a body-builder whom Kevin idolizes. Kevin believes that Vic is superhuman and refuses to leave his side until Spencer beats the sense out of Vic to prove Kevin wrong. Spencer stumbles upon a collaboration between Vic, Kevin’s family physician, Dr. Croft, and the police in charge of the local jail, Chief Trask. Their plot involves making money together through drug peddling and prostitution. As Spencer seeks to bring truth to light, Vic is caught and put behind bars, Dr.Croft is murdered by Chief Trask and Spencer threatens to tell on Trask.

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10 Responses to “Robert B. Parker”

  1. Larry Schiedel: 1 year ago


  2. Brenda Toney: 2 years ago

    I absolutely love anything written by Robert B. Parker. I have almost every book he has written. I only need 16 more to complete my collection.

  3. Debbie M McCabe: 2 years ago

    I have read every Robert B. Parker books and wish to thank all the talented writers that are keeping his stories alive and well

  4. Pat: 2 years ago

    Parker was prescient about current trends in American society: women using guns to equalize their smaller/weaker physicality (Sunny Randall), psychology and obsession (Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Spenser), urban crime and gangs, university elitism and wokeness (Spenser, decades before wokeness), family and child-rearing.

  5. Jeanette Johnson: 3 years ago

    I just finished reading the Virgil and Everett series. Is there another book to explain what happens to them. I read Gunmans Rhapsody and noticed Virgil is a Earp but I’d like to know what happens to Everett.


    • Keith Karwacki: 2 years ago

      Virgil Earp was a real life lawman. Virgil Earp was a brother of Wyatt Earp. Virgil Cole is a fictional character.

  6. Marina Vaizey: 3 years ago

    Ive read all the Connolly! and always like books alas rather than programmes….and have so many wonderful authors to read although there are even more that aren’t so good. Have you tried John D Macdonald, Daniel Silva? this website so useful and helpful….

    • K B Peterson: 1 year ago

      John D MacDonald books are great. I love his writing style. I felt sad when I finished the Lonely Silver Rain, but I own them all so will have to start again.
      Another great author is Neville Shute.

      • Jane: 1 year ago

        I agree with you completely.
        John D. MacDonald also one of our favorites, and our dad knew him.
        The stories we kids used to hear them telling each other were wonderful.
        And also Nevil Shute. I have every book he wrote also, as my uncle had some connection to him, ww 1 and Australia, from what I remember long ago.
        This website is what we used daily to look up authors.

  7. Marina Vaizey: 5 years ago

    Robert B Parker’s Spenser series is a marvel; wisecracking entertaining but unnderneath a lot of serious stuff. Double Deuce is an amazing take on youth gangs; racism and snobbery are underlying themes.


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