Robert B. Parker Books

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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 Spenser Series

1The Godwulf Manuscript 1973Description / Buy
2God Save the Child 1974Description / Buy
3Mortal Stakes 1975Description / Buy
4Promised Land 1976Description / Buy
5The Judas Goat 1978Description / Buy
6Looking for Rachel Wallace 1980Description / Buy
7Early Autumn 1981Description / Buy
8A Savage Place 1981Description / Buy
9Ceremony 1982Description / Buy
10The Widening Gyre 1983Description / Buy
11Valediction 1984Description / Buy
12A Catskill Eagle 1985Description / Buy
13Taming a Sea-Horse 1986Description / Buy
14Pale Kings and Princes 1987Description / Buy
15Crimson Joy 1988Description / Buy
16Playmates 1989Description / Buy
17Stardust 1990Description / Buy
18Pastime 1991Description / Buy
19Double Deuce 1992Description / Buy
20Paper Doll 1993Description / Buy
21Walking Shadow 1994Description / Buy
22Thin Air 1995Description / Buy
23Chance 1996Description / Buy
24Small Vices 1997Description / Buy
25Sudden Mischief 1998Description / Buy
26Hush Money 1999Description / Buy
27Hugger Mugger 2000Description / Buy
28Potshot 2001Description / Buy
29Widow's Walk 2002Description / Buy
30Back Story 2003Description / Buy
31Bad Business 2004Description / Buy
32Cold Service 2005Description / Buy
33School Days 2005Description / Buy
34Hundred-Dollar Baby / Dream Girl 2006Description / Buy
35Now and Then 2007Description / Buy
36Rough Weather 2008Description / Buy
37The Professional 2009Description / Buy
38Painted Ladies 2010Description / Buy
39Sixkill 2011Description / Buy
40Silent Night 2011Description / Buy
41Lullaby ( By: Ace Atkins) 2012Description / Buy
42Wonderland / Spenser Confidential ( By: Ace Atkins) 2013Description / Buy
43Cheap Shot ( By: Ace Atkins) 2014Description / Buy
44Kickback ( By: Ace Atkins) 2015Description / Buy
45Slow Burn ( By: Ace Atkins) 2016Description / Buy
46Little White Lies ( By: Ace Atkins) 2017Description / Buy
47Old Black Magic ( By: Ace Atkins) 2018Description / Buy
48Angel Eyes ( By: Ace Atkins) 2019Description / Buy
49Someone to Watch Over Me ( By: Ace Atkins) 2020Description / Buy
50Bye Bye Baby ( By: Ace Atkins) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Jesse Stone Series

1Night Passage 1997Description / Buy
2Trouble in Paradise 1998Description / Buy
3Death in Paradise 2001Description / Buy
4Stone Cold 2003Description / Buy
5Sea Change 2005Description / Buy
6High Profile 2007Description / Buy
7Stranger in Paradise 2008Description / Buy
8Night and Day 2009Description / Buy
9Split Image 2010Description / Buy
10Killing The Blues ( By: Michael Brandman) 2011Description / Buy
11Fool Me Twice ( By: Michael Brandman) 2012Description / Buy
12Damned If You Do ( By: Michael Brandman) 2013Description / Buy
13Blind Spot ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2014Description / Buy
14The Devil Wins ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2015Description / Buy
15Debt to Pay ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2016Description / Buy
16The Hangman's Sonnet ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2018Description / Buy
17Colorblind ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2018Description / Buy
18The Bitterest Pill ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2019Description / Buy
19Fool's Paradise ( By: Mike Lupica) 2020Description / Buy
20Stone's Throw ( By: Mike Lupica) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Sunny Randall Series

1Family Honor 1999Description / Buy
2Perish Twice 2000Description / Buy
3Shrink Rap 2002Description / Buy
4Melancholy Baby 2004Description / Buy
5Blue Screen 2006Description / Buy
6Spare Change 2007Description / Buy
7Blood Feud ( By: Mike Lupica) 2018Description / Buy
8Grudge Match ( By: Mike Lupica) 2020Description / Buy
9Payback ( By: Mike Lupica) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series

1Appaloosa 2005Description / Buy
2Resolution 2008Description / Buy
3Brimstone 2009Description / Buy
4Blue-Eyed Devil 2010Description / Buy
5Ironhorse ( By: Robert Knott) 2013Description / Buy
6Bull River ( By: Robert Knott) 2014Description / Buy
7The Bridge ( By: Robert Knott) 2014Description / Buy
8Blackjack ( By: Robert Knott) 2016Description / Buy
9Revelation ( By: Robert Knott) 2017Description / Buy
10Buckskin ( By: Robert Knott) 2019Description / Buy

Order of Robert B. Parker Standalone Novels

1Wilderness 1979Description / Buy
2Surrogate 1982Description / Buy
3Love and Glory 1983Description / Buy
4All Our Yesterdays 1994Description / Buy
5Gunman's Rhapsody 2001Description / Buy
6Double Play 2004Description / Buy
7Edenville Owls 2007Description / Buy
8The Boxer and the Spy 2008Description / Buy

Order of Robert B. Parker Non-Fiction Books

1Training with Weights ( With: John R. Marsh) 1974Description / Buy
2Three Weeks In Spring ( With: Joan H. Parker) 1978Description / Buy
3A Year at the Races ( With: Joan H. Parker) 1991Description / Buy
4Spenser's Boston 1994Description / Buy

Order of Philip Marlowe Series

1The Big Sleep ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1939Description / Buy
2Farewell, My Lovely ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1940Description / Buy
3The High Window ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1942Description / Buy
4The Lady in the Lake ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1943Description / Buy
5The Little Sister ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1949Description / Buy
6The Long Goodbye ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1953Description / Buy
7Playback ( By: Raymond Chandler) 1958Description / Buy
8Poodle Springs ( With: Raymond Chandler) 1989Description / Buy
9Perchance to Dream 1991Description / Buy
10The Black-Eyed Blonde ( By: Benjamin Black) 2014Description / Buy
11Only to Sleep ( By: Lawrence Osborne) 2018Description / Buy

Order of Young Spenser Series

1Chasing the Bear 2009Description / Buy

Robert B. Parker Anthologies

1 The Best American Mystery Stories 19971997Description / Buy
2 Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe2011Description / Buy
3 Boston Noir 22012Description / Buy
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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.


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.


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.


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.

When Does The Next Robert B. Parker book come out?

Robert B. Parker doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Silent Night and was released on October, 22nd 2011. It is the newest book in the Spenser Series.

1 thought on “Robert B. Parker”

  1. Robert B Parker was an extraordinary author, as made obvious above by the plethora of novels he wrote. Not only did he excel in quantity, but also in quality. Parker successfully brought in the new era of detective novel with the Spenser Series, which many have tried and failed to imitate.

    Nobody does detective books better than Parker.

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