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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    • Brimstone

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    When we last saw Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, they had just put things to right in the rough-and-tumble Old West town of Resolution. It's now a year later, and Virgil has only one thing on his mind....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brimstone

    • By richard on 06-08-09

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Burt Reynolds Reads Robert B. Parker

    • A Spencer 3-in-1 Edition: Chance, Hush Money, Small Vices
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
    • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Burt Reynolds reads three of Robert B. Parker's finest Spencer novels. Includes Chance, Hush Money, and Small Vices....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Editing Bust

    • By Bill Heath on 12-17-18

    Regular price: $48.99

    • Mortal Stakes

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    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

    • Resolution

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rootin, Tootin, Shootin!

    • By Jacko45 on 11-28-08

    Regular price: $23.93

    • God Save the Child

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237

    Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Early Parker, like Early Autumn. Very engaging.

    • By Richard Delman on 11-17-12

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Early Autumn

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    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

    • Night Passage

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Richard Masur
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 348
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 246

    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

    • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 667
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 486
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 483

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The First Spenser Novel: Still One of the Best.

    • By Me & My Girls on 07-27-14

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Playmates

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Spenser smells corruption in a college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spenser again.

    • By Jan S on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Hush Money

    • Spenser Series, Book 26
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    When Robin Nevins, the son of Hawk's boyhood mentor, is denied at an exclusive university, Hawk asks Spenser to investigate....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Parker + Spencer + Reynolds = magic I

    • By Joe Hampton on 01-15-17

    Regular price: $24.47

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