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

    • School Days

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spenser at his Best

    • By A. L. DeWitt on 10-18-05

    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 629
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 451
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 449

    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

    • Night Passage

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Richard Masur
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 212

    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

    • Potshot

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Boston P.I. Spenser returns - heading west to the rich man's haven of Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town recently reborn as a paradise for Los Angeles millionaires....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Parker's Best!

    • By Jon Evans on 04-13-17

    Regular price: $12.53

    • Widow's Walk

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    Boston's premier P.I. investigates the murder of a prominent local banker, with family ties to the Mayflower - and perhaps the mob...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great narrative, slow story

    • By jbx2usa on 08-22-05

    Regular price: $19.93

    • A Catskill Eagle

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bizarre story, well told

    • By dennis calero on 12-09-13

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Widening Gyre

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    The adoring wife of a senatorial candidate has a smile as sweet as candy and dots her "i's" with little hearts....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good

    • By bebe on 04-29-10

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Trouble in Paradise

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Richard Masur
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    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

    • Night and Day

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    Police chief Jesse Stone has received his share of unusual calls, but none can top the one from the local junior high school....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really Liked It

    • By Me & My Girls on 03-13-15

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Early Autumn

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Probably the best Spenser book

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-01-10

    Regular price: $22.60

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