Robert B. Parker Books

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

# Read Title Published Details
1 Night Passage 1997 Description / Buy
2 Trouble in Paradise 1998 Description / Buy
3 Death in Paradise 2001 Description / Buy
4 Stone Cold 2003 Description / Buy
5 Sea Change 2005 Description / Buy
6 High Profile 2007 Description / Buy
7 Stranger in Paradise 2008 Description / Buy
8 Night and Day 2009 Description / Buy
9 Split Image 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Philip Marlowe Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Poodle Springs 1989 Description / Buy
2 Perchance to Dream 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Robert B. Parker Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Order and Diversity 1973 Description / Buy
2 Training With Weights: The Athlete's Free-Weight Guide 1974 Description / Buy
3 Wilderness 1979 Description / Buy
4 Mature Advertising: A Handbook of Effectiveness in Print 1981 Description / Buy
5 Surrogate 1982 Description / Buy
6 Love and Glory 1983 Description / Buy
7 The Private Eye in Hammett and Chandler 1984 Description / Buy
8 Parker On Writing 1985 Description / Buy
9 A Year at the Races 1991 Description / Buy
10 All Our Yesterdays 1994 Description / Buy
11 Spenser's Boston 1994 Description / Buy
12 BOSTON: HISTORY IN THE MAKING 1999 Description / Buy
13 Gunman's Rhapsody 2001 Description / Buy
14 Double Play 2004 Description / Buy
15 Edenville Owls 2007 Description / Buy
16 The Boxer and the Spy 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Spenser Series

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

Order of Sunny Randall Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Family Honor 1999 Description / Buy
2 Perish Twice 2000 Description / Buy
3 Shrink Rap 2002 Description / Buy
4 Melancholy Baby 2004 Description / Buy
5 Blue Screen 2006 Description / Buy
6 Sunny Randall Series 2006 Description / Buy
7 Spare Change 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Appaloosa 2005 Description / Buy
2 Resolution 2008 Description / Buy
3 Brimstone 2009 Description / Buy
4 Blue-Eyed Devil 2010 Description / Buy
5 Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse 2013 Description / Buy
6 Robert B. Parker's Bull River 2014 Description / Buy
7 Robert B. Parker's the Bridge 2014 Description / Buy

Robert B. Parker Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe 2011 Description / Buy
2 Boston Noir 2 2012 Description / 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 Slow Burn and was released on May, 3rd 2016. It is the newest book in the Spenser Series.