Robert B. Parker
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Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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Best Sellers

    • Night Passage

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Richard Masur
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 199

    After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously...

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Difficult to follow

    • By Felicia on 03-18-07

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Hugger Mugger

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    When Spenser is approached by Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, to find out who is threatening his horse Hugger Mugger, he can hardly say no...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • questionable at first

    • By Georganne on 06-12-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Now & Then

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Spenser knows something's amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a good one!

    • By Elaine on 03-26-08

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Trouble in Paradise

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Richard Masur
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Stiles Island is a wealthy and exclusive enclave separated by a bridge from the Massachusetts...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story but bad audio

    • By Richard on 03-20-14

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Sixkill

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 337
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227

    The last Spenser novel completed by Robert B. Parker....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Parker: a marvelous old friend who makes you happy

    • By richard on 03-16-12

    Regular price: $21.00

    • High Profile

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    When the body of a talk-show host is discovered hanging from a tree, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible.

    • By Maureen on 02-01-09

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 581
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 408
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 406

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good start to a great series!

    • By William on 03-31-10

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Mortal Stakes

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    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 life....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What a Man's Gotta Do

    • By Carol on 11-07-13

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

    • Jesse Stone, Book 13
    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255

    Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jesse Stone is Back--Properly

    • By David Lea on 10-10-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Blue-Eyed Devil

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    "Law enforcement in Appaloosa had once been Virgil Cole and me. Now there was a chief of police and 12 policemen....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Quick and the good

    • By Stacy on 06-07-10

    Regular price: $23.93

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