Robert B. Parker
[September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010]
The Godwulf Manuscript
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" --
God Save the Child
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.
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
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
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
sSpenser 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.
The Judas Goat
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.
sBut 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
Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and
speaks her mind. She has made a lot of enemies -- enemies who
threaten her life.
Spenser is the tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to
protect a woman who thinks that code is obsolete.
Privately, they will never see eye to eye. That's why she fires him.
But when Rachel vanishes, Spenser rattles skeletons in blue-blooded
family closets, tangles with the Klan and fights for her right to be
exactly what she is. He is ready to lay his life on the line to find
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.
A Savage Place
Pretty teenager April Kyle is in
grown-up-trouble, involved with people who'd beat her up for a
dollar and kill her for five. Now she's disappeared, last seen in
the Combat Zone, that side of Boston where nothing's proper,
especially the sex for sale.
sWith Hawk, his sidekick, Spenser takes on the whole X-rated
industry. From a specialty whorehouse in Providence to stylish Back
Bay bordellos, he pits muscle and wit against bullets and brawn
until he finds what he's looking for: April Kyle, little girl lost.
The Widening Gyre
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
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
sSo 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.
A Catskill Eagle
In the detective business, Spenser sometimes
has to bend the law. Other times, to break it. But he lives by his
own inviolate rules. And he loves just one woman -- even though she
is the one woman he's just lost.
So when Susan's desperate letter arrives, Spenser doesn't think
twice. His best friend, Hawk, faces a life sentence. And Susan has
gotten herself into even bigger trouble. Now Spenser has to free
them both . . . even if it means breaking his own rules to do it.
Taming a Sea-Horse
Nice girls don't. But blond, beautiful April
Kyle does. She's a hooker hooked on the wrong guy -- and she's on
her way to trouble. So is Spenser.
Looking out for April has landed him in the crud of Times Square.
It's not a long way to big-business boardrooms where blood money get
laundered into long green, sex is a commodity, and young girls are
Pale Kings and Princes
Wheaton is a typical New England small-college
town, not the sort of place for drugs and murder. But when a
reporter gets too inquisitive, he finds both -- the latter on his
Spenser's call comes when the local cops work a cover. He needs help
to solve this one -- Hawk for back-up and Susan for insight on the
basics of jealousy, passion and hate!
What the trio finds is a cutthroat cocaine ring, where drugs have
value supreme and human life has none at all.
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.
Spenser smells corruption in a college town.
Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for
quick cash. All manner of sleaze -- from corrupt academics to hoods
with graduate degrees -- have their fingers in the pot.
Spenser's search takes him from lecture halls to blue collar bars
and finally into a bloody confrontation with almost certain death.
But Spenser saves an arrogant young athlete -- even though it nearly
kills him to do it.
When a Hollywood-based TV series schedules
filming in Boston, Spenser smells trouble. When he signs up to
protect the show's star, Jill Joyce, he knows it's on its way.
First, there's Jill herself. She's spoiled, arrogant, drugged out --
made worse by fear. Someone is out to get her -- does she imagine
it, or is it real?
Spenser monitors her neurosis, but finds evidence of harassment. It
escalates to murder. Now begins the dangerous part -- while the act
may have ended, the murderer lingers on.
In a game of desire and danger, Parker
brings back the characters of his classic Spenser novel, Early
Autumn. When his mother disappears, 24-year-old Paul turns to
Spenser for help. Spenser knows the only way to find Patty is to
reach back into her past, of which he knows too well.
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?
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
With an unbroken string of bestselling suspense novels behind him,
Robert B. Parker is nothing if not world-class. Now, after the
success of Paper Doll, applauded by The Boston Globe as "one
of the best Spensers in a decade," Parker returns with his
two-fisted sleuth in Walking Shadow -- a twisty, ambitious
whodunit, which finds them both breaking new ground. A Massachusetts
waterfront town. A small repertory theater with a big reputation. A
soupcon of scandal. And Spenser is on hand to steal the scene. Hired
by the Port City Theater Company's board of trustees to investigate
the director's claim that he is being followed, Spenser feels like a
fish out of water - until an actor is gunned down during a
performance of a politically controversial play. Then Boston's
premier private cop and his cohort, Hawk, go into action, plunging
straight into a maze of motives that constitutes a master class in
the difficulty of judging reality from appearances. Spenser soon
discovers that solving the actor's murder is only a piece of the
puzzle. From covert carnal connections within the community to
municipal corruption with international tentacles; from petty
troublemakers to major malefactors for whom murder is merely a day
at the office - this case has everything it takes to stump the
sharpest of Sherlocks. And nobody loves a challenge more than
Spenser. Heady and sardonic, with an unpredictable cast of lovers,
liars, killers, and clowns, Walking Shadow entertains even as
it ponders the instability of identities. It is a thoroughly
engrossing performance by a classic talent.
When a Boston police detective's adored young bride, Lisa St.
Claire, disappears without a trace, he enlists Spenser's help in
tracking her down. Sleuthing from a New England college campus to
the slick sports clubs of L.A., Spenser discovers all about Lisa -
including her past history of prostitution, substance abuse, and
self-destructive love affairs - and suspects she is being held
prisoner by her sociopathic Latino ex-lover in his crumbling
tenement fortress deep within the barrio of a burned-out
Massachusetts mill town. Accompanied by a Chicano shooter with an
ironclad attitude and an unflinching sense of honor, Spenser sets in
motion a complex plan to rescue Lisa. As he wheels and deals with
boozy, broken cops and messianic local warlords, he is forced to
face some brutal truths and question the very meaning of passion,
manhood, and justice.
Once again, Robert B. Parker makes artfulness look easy, with
Chance, his sensational new thriller. This time Spenser -- the
tough-but-tender sleuth whose passion for justice repeatedly plunges
him into a sea of trouble -- hires out on a marital matter whose
attached strings entangle him with the Mob. When big-time Boston
hoodlum Julius Ventura approaches Spenser and his redoubtable
sidekick, Hawk, about locating his only daughter's missing husband,
it's clear he's not telling them the whole truth about the blushing
bride and the ardent groom. In fact, he may be lying. But something
about these missing links appeals to Spenser, and he agrees to take
the case. So begins an odyssey into the netherworld of disorganized
crime: from the throne rooms of crime lords to the Vegas strip; from
two-bit wiseguys with a genius for dangerous liaisons to gangsters'
molls in jeopardy; from larceny to homicide. And that's just for
openers. All too soon, it becomes clear that what's at stake is not
young love, but control of gangland Boston. Spenser and Hawk find
themselves dead-center in a circus of violence whose shadowy
ringmaster is all too familiar to a private eye with a past.
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 for suspects, including Melissa's rich-kid, tennis-star
boyfriend. But when a man with a .22 puts Spenser in a coma, the
hope for justice may die with him . . .
Spenser's back. And Susan's ex is quaking in
his boots . . .
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 . . .
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.
Someone's making death threats in Dixie -- against a thoroughbred
horse destined to be the next Secretariat. At the owner's request,
Boston P.I. Spenser hoofs it down South -- where the lies are
buzzing . . . and the dying is easy.
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 is threatened by a local gang-a
twenty-first-century posse of desert rats, misfits, drunks, and
scavengers -- the local police seem powerless. Led by a charismatic
individual known only as The Preacher, this motley band of thieves
selectively exploits the town, nurturing it as a source of wealth
while systematically robbing the residents blind. Enter Spenser,
called in to put the group out of business and establish a police
force who can protect the town. Calling on his own cadre of cohorts,
including Vinnie Morris, Bobby Horse, Chollo Bernard J. Fortunato,
as well as the redoubtable Hawk, Spenser must find a way to beat the
gang at their own dangerous game.
When fifty-one-year-old Nathan Smith, a
once-confirmed bachelor, is found in his bed with a hole in his head
made by a .38-caliber slug, it's hard not to imagine Nathan's young
bride as the one with her finger on the trigger. Even her lawyer
thinks she's guilty. But given that Mary Smith is entitled to the
best defense she can afford-and thanks to Nathan's millions, she can
afford plenty-Spenser hires on to investigate Mary's bona fides.
Mary's alibi is a bit on the flimsy side: She claims she was
watching television in the other room when the murder occurred. But
the couple was seen fighting at a high-profile cocktail party
earlier that evening, and the prosecution has a witness who says
Mary once tried to hire him to kill Nathan. What's more, she's too
pretty, too made-up, too blonde, and sleeps around -- just the kind
of person a jury loves to hate.
Spenser's up against a wall; leads go nowhere, no one knows a thing.
Then a young woman, recently fired from her position at Smith's
bank, turns up dead. Mary's vacant past suddenly starts looking
meaner and darker-and Spenser's suddenly got to watch his back.
With lean, crackling dialogue, crisp action, and razor-sharp
characters, Widow's Walk is another triumph.
In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself
The Dread Scott Brigade held up the Old Shawmut Bank in Boston's
Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a
visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No
one saw who shot her. Despite security-camera photos and a letter
from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have
remained at large for nearly three decades.
Enter Paul Giacomin, the closest thing to a son Spenser has. Twice
before, Spenser's come to the young man's assistance; and now Paul
is thirty-seven, his troubled past behind him. When Paul's friend
Daryl Gordon -- daughter of the long-gone Emily -- decides she needs
closure regarding her mother's death, it's Spenser she turns to. The
lack of clues and a missing FBI intelligence report force Spenser to
reach out in every direction-to Daryl's estranged, hippie father, to
Vinnie Morris and the mob, to the mysterious Ives-testing his
resourcefulness and his courage.
Taut, tense, and expertly crafted, this is Robert B. Parker at his
When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is
brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie 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 accept
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 that the Ukrainian mob is responsible for the
hit, but finding a way into their tightly knit circle is not nearly
so simple. Their total control of the town of Marshport, from the
bodegas to the police force to the mayor's office, isn't just a sign
of rampant corruption-it's a form of arrogance that only serves to
ignite Hawk's desire to get even. As the body count rises, Spenser
is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more
questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in
the name of vengeance.
Lily Ellsworth-erect, firm, white-haired, and
stylish-is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an
iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to
investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school
shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at
every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite
Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs.
Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents
are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care
whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed.
A client from a decades-old case reaches out
to Boston PI Spenser -- but can he rescue troubled April Kyle once
Longtime Spenser fans will remember that 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. The book was 1982's Ceremony, and, thanks to Spenser,
April escaped Boston's "Combat Zone" for the relative safety of a
high-class New York City bordello. April resurfaced in Taming a
Sea-Horse, again in dire need of Spenser's rescue-this time from the
clutches of a controlling lover. But April Kyle's return in
Hundred-Dollar Baby is nothing short of shocking.
When a mature, beautiful, and composed April strides into Spenser's
office, the Boston PI barely hesitates before recognizing his once
and future client. Now a well-established madam herself, April
oversees an upscale call-girl operation in Boston's Back Bay. Still
looking for Spenser's approval, it takes her a moment before she can
ask him, again, for his assistance. Her business is a success;
what's more, it's an all-female enterprise. Now that some men are
trying to take it away from her, she needs Spenser.
April claims to be in the dark about who it is that's trying to
shake her down, but with a bit of legwork and a bit more muscle,
Spenser and Hawk find ties to organized crime and local kingpin Tony
Marcus, as well as a scheme to franchise the operation across the
country. As Spenser again plays the gallant knight, it becomes clear
that April's not as innocent as she seems. In fact, she may be her
own worst enemy.
When a simple case turns into a treacherous
and politically charged investigation, Spenser faces his most
difficult challenge yet-keeping his cool while his beloved Susan
Silverman is in danger.
Now and Then
Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into
his office. The guy's aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened
for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to
investigate his wife Jordan's abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A
job's a job, after all.
Not surprisingly, Spenser catches Jordan with another man, tells
Dennis what he's found out, and considers the case closed. But a
couple of days later, all hell breaks loose, and three people are
dead. This isn't just a marital affair gone bad. Spenser is in the
middle of hornet's nest of trouble, and he's got to get out of it
without getting stung. With Hawk watching his back, and gun-for-hire
Vinnie Morris providing extra cover, Spenser delves into a
complicated and far-reaching operation: Jordan's former lover, Perry
Alderson, is the leader of a group that helps sponsor terrorists.
But Perry doesn't like Spenser poking around his business, so he
decides to get to Spenser through Susan. The Boston P.I. will use
all his connections both above and below the law to uncover the
truth behind Perry's antigovernment organization. But what Alderson
doesn't realize is that Spenser will stop at absolutely nothing to
keep Susan out of harm's way; nothing will keep him from the woman
A hurricane hinders a kidnapping and Spenser goes on a search for
the man responsible— the infamous Gray Man, who has both helped and
hunted Spenser in the past.
Heidi Bradshaw is wealthy, beautiful, and well connected —and she
needs Spenser’s help. In a most unlikely request, Heidi, a notorious
gold digger recently separated from her latest husband, recruits the
Boston P.I. to accompany her to her private island, Tashtego. The
reason? To attend her daughter’s wedding as a sort of stand-in
husband and protector. Spenser consents, but only after it is
established that his beloved Susan Silverman will also be in
It should be a straightforward job for Spenser: show up for
appearances, have some drinks, and spend some quality time with
Susan. But when Spenser’s old nemesis Rugar—the Gray Man—arrives,
Spenser realizes that something is amiss. A storm, a kidnapping, and
murder tear apart what should be a joyous occasion, and Rugar is
seemingly at the center of it all. The only thing is that the sloppy
kidnapping is not Rugar’s style—as Spenser knows from past
encounters. With six dead bodies and more questions than he can
process, Spenser begins a search for answers—and the Gray Man.
See how it all began for one of literatureÂ’s
most famous P.I.sÂ—Spenser!
Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel
For almost forty years, Robert B. ParkerÂ’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 Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on
SpenserÂ’s formative years spent with is father and two uncles out
West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a
revelation for teens about to discover an American icon.
Boston P.I. Spenser returns in a flawless
addition to New York Times–bestselling author Robert B. Parker’s
A knock on Spenser’s office door can only mean one thing: a new
case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting
story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston
law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she’s developed a
friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives
have a mutual secret: they’ve all had an affair with a man named
Gary Eisenhower—and now he’s blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires
Spenser to make Eisenhower “cease and desist,” so to speak, but when
women start turning up dead, Spenser’s assignment goes from
blackmail to murder.
As matters become more complicated, Spenser’s longtime love, Susan,
begins offering some input by analyzing Eisenhower’s behavior
patterns in hopes of opening up a new avenue of investigation. It
seems that not all of Gary’s women are rich. So if he’s not using
them for blackmail, then what is his purpose? Spenser switches
tactics to focus on the husbands, only to find that innocence and
guilt may be two sides of the same coin.
The author of two dozen Spenser novels as well
as numerous other works of fiction, Robert B. Parker is no stranger
to either critical or popular acclaim. With his hallmark sharp wit
and taut action, Parker has created in the Spenser series the
standard against which all contemporary detective novels are
measured, and a character considered the paragon of private eyes. In
Night Passage, Parker sets the bar even higher, with the
introduction of Jesse Stone, a hero cut from different cloth.
After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive
and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, the thirty-five-year-old
Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small
Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He
can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over,
the kind of offer he can't refuse.
Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise:
it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England
community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral
corruption -- replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties,
flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen and a
psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new
lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to
trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in
the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to
emerge a local hero -- or the deadest of dupes.
As the flagship volume in a new series featuring a complex and
engaging sleuth, Night Passage is cause for celebration.
Trouble in Paradise
Robert B. Parker and his legendary Spenser
series have long been considered the one plus ultra of detective
fiction. But the critics' praise for Jesse Stone's debut in Night
Passage proved there was room for addition to the Parker literary
canon. "A novel as fresh as it is bold . . . Parker's sentences flow
with as much wit, grace and assurance as ever, and Stone is a
complex and consistently interesting new protagonist. His speedy
return will be welcome." (Newsday)
Stiles Island is a wealthy and exclusive enclave separated by a
bridge from the Massachusetts coast town of Paradise. James Macklin
sees Stiles Island as the ultimate investment opportunity: all he
needs to do is invade the island, blow the bridge, and loot the
island. To realize his investment, Macklin, along with his devoted
girlfriend, Faye, assembles a crew of fellow ex-cons--all experts in
their fields -- including Wilson Cromartie, a fearsome Apache. James
Macklin is a bad man -- a very bad man. And Wilson Cromartie, known
as Crow, is even worse.
sAs Macklin plans his crime, Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone has
his hands full. He faces romantic entanglements in triplicate: his
ex-wife, Jenn, is in the Paradise jail for assault, he's begun a new
relationship with a Stiles Island realtor named Marcy Campbell, and
he's still sorting out his feelings for attorney Abby Taylor. When
Macklin's attack on Stiles Island is set in motion, both Marcy and
Abby are put in jeopardy. As the casualties
Death in Paradise
The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped
up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot
with his teammates, drinking beer, swapping stories of double plays
and beautiful women in the late-summer twilight. But then a
frightened voice calls out to him from the edge of a nearby lake.
There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them,
facedown, was something that used to be a girl.
The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A.
past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't
committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned: she'd been shot and
dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she
had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered
to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of
theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a
gold chain, and a hunch or two.
Filled with magnetic characters and the muscular writing that are
Parker's trademarks, Death in Paradise is a storytelling
Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse
Stone returns, tracking the path of a pair of thrill killers.
Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is
difficult, and dangerous, and with the added pressures from the town
selectmen and the media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. He's
spending too much time with the bottle-and with his ex-wife --
neither of which helps him, or the case. And the harder these
outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into
himself, convinced-despite all the odds -- that it's up to him alone
to stop the killing.
As tough, clear-eyed, and sardonic as Jesse Stone himself, this is
the Grand Master working at the peak of his powers.
Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse
Stone faces the case of his career in the newest novel in the
When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise,
Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far
more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is
just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged
investigation. Florence Horvath was an attractive, recently divorced
heiress from Florida; she also had a penchant for steamy sex and was
an enthusiastic participant in a video depicting the same. Somehow
the combination of her past and present got her killed, but no one
is talking-not the crew of the Lady Jane, the Fort Lauderdale yacht
moored in Paradise Harbor; not her very blond, very tan twin
sisters, Corliss and Claudia; and not her curiously affectless
parents, living out a sterile retirement in a Miami high rise. But
someone -- Jesse -- has to speak for the dead, even if it puts him
in harm's way.
The murder of a notorious public figure places
Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone in the harsh glare
of the media spotlight.
When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is
discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police
chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public
case, forcing him to deal with small-minded local officials and
national media scrutiny. When another dead body -- that of a young
woman -- is discovered just a few days later, the pressure becomes
Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but
all Jesse runs into are dead ends. But what may be the most
disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to
care -- not a single one of Weeks's ex-wives, not the family of the
girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link
between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens.
sDespite Weeks's reputation and the girl's tender age, Jesse is
hard-pressed to find legitimate suspects. Though the crimes are
perhaps the most gruesome Jesse has ever witnessed, it is the
malevolence behind them that makes them all the more frightening.
Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon
comes to realize that knowing whom he can trust is indeed a matter
of life and death.
Stranger In Paradise (2008)
Night and Day (2009)
Split Image (2009)
Sunny Randall Novels
(Note: Detective fans know that Boston, Private Eye Sunny Randall is the daughter of Robert B. Parker's character Spencer's! Diehard fans also know that Parker created his Sunny Randall series expressly for good friend Helen Hunt, with an eye toward the actress playing the petite blonde investigator on the silver screen!)
Family Honor (1999)
Perish Twice (2000)
Sunny is hired as a bodyguard to protect a best-selling author from a stalker -- her psychotherapist ex-husband.
Shrink Rap (2002)
The private investigator Sunny Randall is hired as a bodyguard to protect a best-selling author from a stalker -- her psychotherapist ex-husband.
Blue Screen (2006)
Spare Change (2007)
Poodle Springs (1990)
"Philip Marlowe marries a rich, beautiful society lady who wants him to settle down. But old habits die hard, and Marlowe soon is back in business, enmeshed in a case involving pornography, bigamy, and murder." (Ingram)
Perchance to Dream (1991)
In a sequel to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, Marlowe takes on a case involving General Sternwood, who is six feet under, Vivian, who is dating a blackmailer, and Carmen, a sanitorium escapee. Reprint. K.
The Robert B. Parker Companion
(2005) by Dean James and Elizabeth
Finally, here is the complete guide to Robert B.
Parker's novels from Spenser to Jesse Stone to Sunny Randall, plot
summaries, cast of characters, Boston locations and maps, and more.
Even before he was named Grand Master for Lifetime
Achievement by the Mystery Writers of America, Edgar® Award-winning
Robert B. Parker had assumed the mantle of dean of American crime
fiction. "Taking his place beside Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler,
and Ross MacDonald" (Boston Globe), he transcended the crime genre. As
one of the most prolific writers in the world, he reinvented crime
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