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 321
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 222

    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

    • Trouble in Paradise

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Richard Masur
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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

    • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 647
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 467
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 464

    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

    • High Profile

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 141

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Parker in a while

    • By hwhhwh1 on 02-23-07

    Regular price: $23.93

    • God Save the Child

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    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

    • Death in Paradise

    • A Jesse Stone Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Robert Forster
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    Chief of Police Jesse Stone returns to investigate the murder of a troubled teenager....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Writing not good for audio.

    • By Catherine on 09-22-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Appaloosa

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 490
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288

    When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best Old west tales

    • By Jeffrey on 07-07-05

    Regular price: $22.60

    • A Savage Place

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps snooping....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Different Kind of Spencer

    • By Me & My Girls on 04-16-14

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Stranger in Paradise

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    Crow's mission is simple: find young Amber Francisco and bring her back to her father, Louis, in Florida. It should be an easy payday for a pro like Crow, but there are complications....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jesse and Crow - the next Spenser and Hawk?

    • By Ross on 02-11-08

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Night and Day

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    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

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