Spenser

49 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 10,349 ratings

The Godwulf Manuscript Publisher's Summary

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. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest.

The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked "D" -- for dead.

©1992 Robert B. Parker (P)2009 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 650
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 470
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 467

    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. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up dead.

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

    • By William on 03-31-10

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 2

    • 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 283
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227

    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. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists

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

    • By Richard Delman on 11-17-12

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  • Book 3

    • Mortal Stakes

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    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. Is Marty throwing fast balls or throwing games? It doesn't take long for Spenser to link Marty's performance with Linda's past...or to find himself trapped between a crazed racketeer and an enforcer toting an M-16. America's favorite pastime has suddenly become a very dangerous sport, and one wrong move means strike three.

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

    • By Carol on 11-07-13

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  • Book 4

    • Promised Land

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    Spenser is good at finding things. But this time he has a client out on Cape Cod who is in over his head. Harvey Shepard has lost his pretty wife - and a very pretty quarter million bucks in real estate. Now a loan shark is putting on the bite.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spencer is my hero!

    • By bebe on 06-04-10

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  • Book 5

    • The Judas Goat

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Spenser has gone to London -- and not to see the Queen. He's gone to track down a bunch of bombers who've blown away his client's wife and kids. His job is to catch them. Or kill them. His client isn't choosy. But there are nine killers to one Spenser -- long odds. Hawk helps balance the equation. The rest depends on a wild plan. Spenser will get one of the terrorists to play Judas Goat -- to lead him to others.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spenser is not Sam Spade.

    • By Mike From Mesa on 09-17-10

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  • Book 6

    • Looking for Rachel Wallace

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    When Spenser accepts a job as a "bodyguard" for a beautiful young woman, he gets in way over his head.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • very good

    • By bebe on 04-17-10

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  • Book 7

    • Early Autumn

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    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. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

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

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-01-10

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 8

    • 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 on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering. Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career.

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

    • By Me & My Girls on 04-16-14

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  • Book 9

    • Ceremony

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    Spenser's out to make war, not love, as he goes after Boston's entire X-rated industry. Pretty teenager April Kyle has disappeared into the city's darkest underworld, and to rescue her, Spencer pits muscle and wit against bullets and bullies.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 2 ½ stars.

    • By Jane on 08-02-13

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  • Book 10

    • The Widening Gyre

    • 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 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    The adoring wife of a senatorial candidate has a smile as sweet as candy and dots her "i's" with little hearts. A blond beauty, she is the perfect mate for an ambitious politician, but she has a little problem with sex and drugs--a problem someone has managed to put on videotape. The big boys figure a little blackmail will put her husband out of the race. Until Spenser hops on the candidate's bandwagon.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good

    • By bebe on 04-29-10

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  • Book 11

    • Valediction

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    The most dangerous man to cross is one who isn't afraid to die. But the most deadly is one who doesn't want to live. And Spenser has just lost the woman who made life his number-one priority. So when a religious sect kidnaps a pretty young dancer, no death threat can make Spenser cut and run. Now a hit man's bullet is wearing Spenser's name. But Boston's big boys don't know Spenser's ready and willing to meet death more than halfway.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Single Dream Exacts a Terrible Price

    • By Me & My Girls on 05-01-14

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  • Book 12

    • A Catskill Eagle

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138

    Spenser's girlfriend Susan goes away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend, Hawk, go to find Susan. Soon they are in the world of the CIA, guns and murder.

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

    • By dennis calero on 12-09-13

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 13

    • Taming a Sea-Horse

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    Robert B. Parker takes listeners into the murky big-city underground. Spenser undertakes an intense search for a beautiful, missing prostitute, and finds himself traveling amidst the sleaze of Times Square, where sex is a commodity, and young girls are the currency.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Parker and Prichard are always fun.

    • By Richard Delman on 01-11-13

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 14

    • Pale Kings and Princes

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Caught in a snowstorm of drugs, passion, and hate, Spenser investigates a cocaine-related murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I love Robert Parker's Spencer series.

    • By bebe on 06-04-10

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  • Book 15

    • Crimson Joy

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    A serial killer is on the loose in Beantown and the cops can't catch him. But when the killer leaves his red rose calling card for Spenser's own Susan Silverman, he gets all the attention that Spenser and Hawk can give. Spenser plays against time while he tracks the Red Rose killer from Boston's Combat Zone to the suburbs. His trap is both daring and brave, and gives the story a satisfying climax.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Carol on 05-18-10

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 16

    • Playmates

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    Spenser smells corruption in a college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash. All manner of sleaze -- from corrupt academics to hoods with graduate degrees -- have their fingers in the pot. Spenser's search takes him from lecture halls to blue collar bars and finally into a bloody confrontation with almost certain death. But Spenser saves an arrogant young athlete -- even though it nearly kills him to do it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spenser again.

    • By Jan S on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 17

    • Stardust

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    When a Hollywood-based TV series schedules filming in Boston, Spenser smells trouble. When he signs up to protect the show's star, Jill Joyce, he knows it's on its way. First, there's Jill herself. She's spoiled, arrogant, drugged out -- made worse by fear. Someone is out to get her -- does she imagine it, or is it real?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stardust, another winner by Parker

    • By lindablue on 01-14-11

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  • Book 18

    • Pastime

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    Ten years ago, Paul Giacomin's corrupt father and loose mother used the boys as a pawn in their violent race: Only Spenser could call them off and straighten out the misled teen - almost getting killed in the process. Paul is now 24 and reconciled to his mother's wanton ways. But when Patty Giacomin vanishes, Paul begs Spenser to help him rescue her from the clutches of her boyfriend, a shady character he's sure coerced his mother into running.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Abysmal

    • By Me & My Girls on 07-02-15

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 19

    • Double Deuce

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    Spenser is forced by loyalty into an alien world where violence is a way of lie and outsiders enter at a lethal risk. When Spenser's cohort Hawk is hired by the tenants of a gang-plagued Boston housing project known as "Double Deuce," he enlists his friend's aid. A friend's girl and her infant daughter have been gunned down. Though the act at first appears to be an accidental drive-by shooting, it soon becomes clear that it was premeditated murder.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, mediocre narrator

    • By Townsend on 12-30-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 20

    • Paper Doll

    • A Spenser Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    Hired by Loudon Tripp, an aggrieved Boston aristocrat who believes his late wife Olivia's brutal street slaying to be something other than random violence, Spencer immediately senses that his client's picture-perfect portrayal of his family life is false. For starters, the victim's reputation is too saintly, her house is as lived-in as a stage set, and her troubled children don't appear to be the product of a happy home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dark & Deep Story

    • By Anne Lemon on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $23.07

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