Spenser Series

48 primary works • 50 total works
Spenser, an ex-boxer, ex-state cop turned private eye, in Boston, Massachusetts:

Book 1

The Godwulf Manuscript
3.92
· 16110 Ratings · 997 Reviews · published 1973 · 42 editions
Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard kn…
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Book 2

God Save The Child
3.93
· 8015 Ratings · 450 Reviews · published 1974 · 2 editions
Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow …
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Book 3

Mortal Stakes
3.97
· 6770 Ratings · 350 Reviews · published 1975 · 37 editions
With each new novel, Robert Parker's talent seems …
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Book 4

Promised Land
3.95
· 7191 Ratings · 378 Reviews · published 1976 · 30 editions
Spenser is a wisecracking former boxer turned priv…
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Book 5

The Judas Goat
4.05
· 8160 Ratings · 345 Reviews · published 1978 · 24 editions
Spenser has gone to London -- and not to see the Q…
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Book 6

Looking For Rachel Wallace
4.08
· 7427 Ratings · 323 Reviews · published 1980 · 22 editions
Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and speaks he…
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Book 7

Early Autumn
4.12
· 7138 Ratings · 421 Reviews · published 1981 · 26 editions
"[Robert B.] Parker's brilliance is in his simple …
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Book 8

A Savage Place
4.00
· 6543 Ratings · 225 Reviews · published 1981 · 23 editions
TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of corn…
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Book 9

Ceremony
3.99
· 6229 Ratings · 257 Reviews · published 1982 · 27 editions
Pretty teenager April Kyle is in grown-up-trouble,…
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Book 10

The Widening Gyre
3.96
· 5067 Ratings · 219 Reviews · published 1983 · 17 editions
The adoring wife of Senate candidate Meade Alexand…
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Book 11

Valediction
4.04
· 6837 Ratings · 210 Reviews · published 1984 · 14 editions
The most dangerous man to cross is one who isn't a…
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Book 12

A Catskill Eagle
4.05
· 6761 Ratings · 287 Reviews · published 1985 · 19 editions
Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another …
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Book 13

Taming A Sea-Horse
3.96
· 5093 Ratings · 175 Reviews · published 1986 · 16 editions
Spenser's interest in teenage prostitute April Kyl…
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Book 14

Pale Kings And Princes
3.99
· 5560 Ratings · 197 Reviews · published 1987 · 21 editions
Wheaton is a typical New England small-college tow…
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Book 15

Crimson Joy
3.93
· 4942 Ratings · 196 Reviews · published 1988 · 3 editions
A killer leaves a red rose on the body of each wom…
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Book 16

Playmates
3.90
· 4207 Ratings · 182 Reviews · published 1989 · 18 editions
Spenser goes back to school--to investigate corrup…
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Book 17

Stardust
3.90
· 4493 Ratings · 176 Reviews · published 1990 · 5 editions
Spenser's never had a client like Jill Joyce, the …
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Book 18

Pastime
3.96
· 4757 Ratings · 193 Reviews · published 1991 · 25 editions
Pastime is a startling game of memory, desire, and…
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Book 19

Double Deuce
3.93
· 5215 Ratings · 202 Reviews · published 1992 · 25 editions
Hawk wants Spenser to wage war on a street gang. S…
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Book 20

Paper Doll
3.94
· 5648 Ratings · 218 Reviews · published 1993 · 24 editions
She was a model wife and mother, bludgeoned with a…
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Book 21

Walking Shadow
3.96
· 5227 Ratings · 232 Reviews · published 1994 · 21 editions
In a shabby waterfront town, an actor is shot dead…
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Book 22

Thin Air
3.92
· 4963 Ratings · 182 Reviews · published 1995 · 22 editions
Her name is Lisa St. Claire. Her husband's a cop. …
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Book 23

Chance
4.10
· 8980 Ratings · 197 Reviews · published 1996 · 14 editions
Mafia princess Shirley Meeker wants her husband ba…
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Book 24

Small Vices
4.03
· 5172 Ratings · 245 Reviews · published 1997 · 20 editions
Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he wa…
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Book 25

Sudden Mischief
3.93
· 4434 Ratings · 194 Reviews · published 1998 · 19 editions
Susan Silverman's ex doesn't call himself "Silverm…
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Book 26

Hush Money
3.91
· 5146 Ratings · 221 Reviews · published 1999 · 23 editions
"Parker says he'll keep writing Spenser novels as …
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Book 27

Hugger Mugger
3.86
· 5338 Ratings · 246 Reviews · published 2000 · 18 editions
Parker presents Spenser with a deceptively dangero…
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Book 28

Potshot
3.91
· 5498 Ratings · 293 Reviews · published 2001 · 25 editions
Potshot, by Parker, Robert B.
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Book 29

Widow's Walk
3.84
· 5152 Ratings · 262 Reviews · published 2002 · 32 editions
One of Boston’s elite has been murdered. The accus…
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Book 30

Back Story
3.88
· 5347 Ratings · 310 Reviews · published 2003 · 27 editions
In Robert B. Parker's most popular series, an unso…
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Book 31

Bad Business
3.85
· 5108 Ratings · 289 Reviews · published 2001 · 29 editions
A cheating husband and a wayward wife provide Spen…
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Book 32

Cold Service
3.90
· 6055 Ratings · 286 Reviews · published 2005 · 22 editions
When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is brutally inj…
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Book 33

School Days
3.88
· 6578 Ratings · 383 Reviews · published 2005 · 33 editions
The celebrated series continues as a troubled teen…
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Book 34

Hundred-Dollar Baby
3.84
· 6336 Ratings · 335 Reviews · published 2006 · 33 editions
A client from a decades-old case reaches out to Bo…
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Book 35

Now & Then
3.92
· 6905 Ratings · 425 Reviews · published 2007 · 24 editions
When a simple case turns into a treacherous and po…
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Book 36

Rough Weather
3.99
· 7841 Ratings · 488 Reviews · published 2008 · 23 editions
Rough Weather (Spenser Mystery)

A high society wedd…
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Book 36.5

Chasing the Bear
3.93
· 2375 Ratings · 233 Reviews · published 2009 · 10 editions
Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel
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Book 37

The Professional
3.86
· 5972 Ratings · 546 Reviews · published 2009 · 23 editions
The wives of Boston's wealthiest men have a mutual…
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Book 38

Painted Ladies
3.99
· 9157 Ratings · 590 Reviews · published 2010 · 25 editions
The brilliant new Spenser novel from the beloved N…
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Book 39

Sixkill
4.02
· 9627 Ratings · 759 Reviews · published 2011 · 23 editions
On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson …
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Book 40

Lullaby
4.05
· 9693 Ratings · 704 Reviews · published 2012 · 16 editions
When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spense…
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Book 41

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland
3.99
· 6331 Ratings · 503 Reviews · published 2013 · 17 editions
Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for yea…
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Book 41.5

Silent Night
3.84
· 3266 Ratings · 370 Reviews · published 2013 · 12 editions
It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy plann…
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Book 42

Cheap Shot
3.95
· 4405 Ratings · 497 Reviews · published 2014 · 12 editions
The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser ret…
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Book 43

Kickback
3.88
· 4129 Ratings · 448 Reviews · published 2015 · 12 editions
P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, retur…
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Book 44

Slow Burn
3.89
· 3938 Ratings · 380 Reviews · published 2016 · 12 editions
Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal …
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Book 45

Little White Lies
3.88
· 3730 Ratings · 400 Reviews · published 2017 · 10 editions
Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con…
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Book 46

Old Black Magic
3.88
· 3248 Ratings · 376 Reviews · published 2018 · 11 editions
Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves …
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Book 47

Angel Eyes
3.97
· 2548 Ratings · 264 Reviews · published 2019 · 10 editions
In the latest thriller featuring the legendary Bos…
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Book 48

Robert B. Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me
4.29
· 549 Ratings · 87 Reviews · published 2021 · 4 editions
In this next thriller in the New York Times bestse…
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