Robert B. Parker was one of the most popular novelists of the second part of the 20th century. He was the master of crime fiction, and wrote many notable novels within this genre. His full name was Robert Brown Parker. Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and lived from September 17th, 1932 till January 18th, 2010, when he died suddenly of a heart attack. As a child he met Joan Hall who later became his wife. Joan and Robert had two sons, David and Daniel. Parker also served as infantryman in Korea for the US Army, and in 1957 he earned masters degree in English Literature (Boston University). In 1971, he even got his PhD for the dissertation: The Violent Hero, Wilderness Heritage and Urban Reality. His greatest wish was to be a writer, but before becoming one, he had several other jobs: technical writer, editor of a magazine, worked in advertising too. But when he started his teaching career at Northeastern University, Robert finally had time to write.
Order of Jesse Stone Series
|2||Trouble in Paradise||1998|
|3||Death in Paradise||2001|
|7||Stranger in Paradise||2008|
|8||Night and Day||2009|
Order of Philip Marlowe Series
Order of Robert B. Parker Standalone Novels
|1||Order and Diversity||1973|
|2||Training With Weights: The Athlete's Free-Weight Guide||1974|
|4||Mature Advertising: A Handbook of Effectiveness in Print||1981|
|6||Love and Glory||1983|
|7||The Private Eye in Hammett and Chandler||1984|
|8||Parker On Writing||1985|
|9||A Year at the Races||1991|
|10||All Our Yesterdays||1994|
|12||BOSTON: HISTORY IN THE MAKING||1999|
|16||The Boxer and the Spy||2008|
Order of Spenser Series
Order of Sunny Randall Series
Order of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series
|5||Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse||2013|
|6||Robert B. Parker's Bull River||2014|
|7||Robert B. Parker's the Bridge||2014|
|1||The Best American Mystery Stories 1997||1997|
Parker’s career as a writer was very successful, and his novels are still remarkable, as well as his famous characters. Character that completely won audience’s attention is definitely private detective Spenser. Spenser series includes forty novels, all of them bestsellers. Another series of novels that is noteworthy is Jesse Stone series consisting of nine books. Jesse is a police chef in Paradise, Massachusetts. He has struggles with alcohol, problematic relationship with his ex-wife, but he’s respected in the police department, and amazing at solving most intriguing cases. Finally, the series of six books, Sunny Randall, with the main female character Sunny, has also been known as an outstanding set of detective books. Sunny (Sonya) is captivating, brave woman, who successfully takes up the role of private detective in Boston.
ROBERT B. PARKER’S AWARDS:
As a highly appreciated writer of his time, Parker received many awards. The first award was Best Novel Award for the novel Promised Land in 1977. For the best novel published in Japan, he received the Maltese Falcon Award for his fourth novel from Spenser series – Early Autumn in 1983. Furthermore, he received two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an organization of crime writers from New York.
ROBERT B. PARKER’S BOOKS INTO TV/MOVIES
For his most notable character, private detective Spenser, ABC television network created the series called: Spenser for Hire. ABC ran the series from 1985 to 1988. A few TV movies based on his Spenser Novels were also produced. A series that came later, the Jesse Stone novels, has been adapted into many TV movies.
BEST ROBERT B. PARKER’S BOOKS
The three of Parker’s most popular and known books belong to the unforgettable Spenser series: The Godwulf Manuscript, Promised Land, and Early Autumn.
The Godwulf Manuscript: Published in 1973, this was the novel that first launched the most interesting character: private detective Spenser. The setting is in the early 1970s. The president of the unnamed university, Bradford W. Forbes, hires investigator Spenser to find a stolen manuscript. Manuscript is a medieval book of an immense importance. Spenser is intelligent, wise, and knows how to deal with different cases. He doesn’t believe everything he sees or hears. His adventures are enticing, and full of cunning mysteries. The book develops various themes, and the characters are impressive and striking.
Promised Land: In this book, Promised Land is the name of a real estate development company owned by a businessman Harvey Shepard. Spenser is assigned to find Harvey’s missing wife. During the search, he encounters a group of militant feminists, and discovers interesting things about the businessman himself. Spenser needs to cope with numerous dilemmas, and difficult choices, in order to survive and escape all the dangers. Parker’s astonishing use of language and prose is incredible in Promised Land, and Spenser’s adventures are exciting, and full of new challenges.
Early Autumn: Parker’s best published book in Japan, written in 1981. This time, Spenser is entrapped into divorce problems of a couple whose son becomes a victim of that separation. Spenser is hired to find kidnapped son of a desperate mother. On his way, he faces many difficulties, and gets involved into complicated family relationships. More and more, Spenser becomes complex character who has many responsibilities. Blackmailing, survival in threatening world, fighting skills, risky situations – all this turns this book into a masterpiece that deserves to be remembered in the world of crime fiction.