We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the library. Find a location near you.

Spenser novels

Author:
Parker, Robert B., 1932-2010
Parker, Robert b., 1932-2010
Atkins, Ace
Lupica, Mike
 
Showing 1 - 51 of 51
Cover Image
Star rating for The Godwulf manuscript
Series Volume:
1.
Average Rating:
4 stars
Description:
When the local university hired Spenser to recover a stolen manuscript, his only clue was a radical student with four bullets in his chest.
Cover Image
Star rating for God save the child
Series Volume:
2.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Spenser investigates the kidnapping of fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett. His only lead, a vicious bodybuilder, isn't talking except with his knuckles, but with a boy's life on the line, Spenser can speak that brutal language too.
Cover Image
Star rating for Mortal stakes
Series Volume:
3.
Average Rating:
4 stars
Description:
Spenser investigates when the wife of the Boston Red Sox star pitcher is being blackmailed.
Cover Image
Star rating for Promised land
Series Volume:
4.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Private investigator Spenser leaves Boston for summertime Cape Cod where he and his friend Susan Silverman find themselves involved with fools and villains whose concerns are extortion, robbery, and murder.
Cover Image
Star rating for The Judas goat
Series Volume:
5.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Spenser has gone to London to track down, dead or alive, a bunch of bombers who've killed his client's wife and kids. But there are nine killers to one Spenser.
Cover Image
Star rating for Looking for Rachel Wallace
Series Volume:
6.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
"Private investigator Spenser searches for the kidnappers of a lesbian writer who hired him as her bodyguard"--Best Books for Public Libraries, c1992, p. 401.
Cover Image
Star rating for Early autumn
Series Volume:
7.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
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.
Cover Image
Star rating for A savage place
Series Volume:
8.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Private-eye Spenser is in Hollywood to protect a beautiful reporter investigating corruption and racketeering in the movie industry. Together they search for a murderer in Tinsel Town.
Cover Image
Star rating for Ceremony
Series Volume:
9.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
The house looked right. And the neighborhood was perfect. And everything else was wrong. So Spenser took the parents' money and went after a runaway girl. Unfortunately, April Kyle had already traveled two lifetimes from her suburban home. Now she was caught up in a web of pinps, criminals, and exploiters—the kinf of people who won't listen to anything but money, or a gun. . . . 
Praise for Ceremony
“Sizzling.”The...
Cover Image
Star rating for The widening gyre
Series Volume:
10.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
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.
But getting back the tape of the lady's...
Cover Image
Star rating for Valediction
Series Volume:
11.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
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 #1 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.
Cover Image
Star rating for A Catskill eagle
Series Volume:
12.
Average Rating:
4 stars
Description:
Spenser and Hawk, in an uneasy undercover alliance with federal law-enforcement agents, search for Susan Silverman, who is somehow involved with the son of a man the government wants dead.
Cover Image
Star rating for Taming a sea-horse
Series Volume:
13.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
A high-class New York madam hires Spenser to find a missing hooker, But when Spenser tracks down April Kyle, he uncovers the murder of yet another prostitute. Now Spenser is searching through a world of sex for sale. Because somewhere between Boston and a kinky Caribbean club, someone has a taste for young women, big money, and murder. . . .
Praise for Taming a Seahorse
“Irresistible!”The Bergen Record
“A...
Cover Image
Star rating for Pale kings and princes
Series Volume:
14.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
“Ebullient entertainment.Time
A hotshot reporter is dead. He'd gone to take a look-see at “Miami North”—little Wheaton, Massachusetts—the biggest cocaine distribution center above the Mason-Dixon line.
Did the kid die for getting too close to the truth . . . or to a sweet lady with a jealous husband?
Spenser will stop at nothing to find out.
Praise for Robert B. Parker's...
Cover Image
Star rating for Crimson joy
Series Volume:
15.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
A serial killer leaves his red rose calling card for Spenser's own Susan Silverman.
Cover Image
Star rating for Playmates
Series Volume:
16.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Spenser goes back to school—to investigate corruption in college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash. And if Spenser doesn't watch his own footwork, the guilty parties will shave a few years off his life...
Cover Image
Star rating for Stardust
Series Volume:
17.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Spenser's never had a client like Jill Joyce, the star of TV's Fifty Minutes. She's beautiful, bitchy, sexy—and someone is stalking her. Spenser can hardly blame the would-be assassin...until he means the true meaning of "stage fright."

18. Pastime

Cover Image
Star rating for Pastime
Series Volume:
18.
Average Rating:
4.5 stars
Description:
The most personal and revealing Spenser thriller of all, Pastime is Robert B. Parker's electrifying masterpeice of crime fiction—a startling game of memory, desire, and danger that forces Spenser to face his own past. Ten years ago, he saved a teenage boy from a father's rage. Now, on the brink of manhood, the boy seeks answers to his mother's sudden disapearance. Spenser is the only man he can turn to.

This time, it's more than

...
Cover Image
Star rating for Double Deuce
Series Volume:
19.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
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...
Cover Image
Star rating for Paper doll
Series Volume:
20.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
"She was a model wife and mother, bludgeoned with a hammer on the streets of Beacon Hill. Spenser's searching for a motive and a murderer -- and finding more secrets than meet the eye..."--Back cover.
Cover Image
Star rating for Walking shadow
Series Volume:
21.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
A murder draws Boston PI Spenser into the dramatic world of theater in this New York Times bestseller in Robert B. Parker’s long-running series.
In a shabby waterfront town, an actor is shot dead onstage. Granted, the script left much to be desired. But there's more behind the scenes than an overzealous critic—and Spenser and Hawk are combing Port City’s underworld to find it...
“Great fun...[Spenser]...
Cover Image
Star rating for Thin air
Series Volume:
22.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Her name is Lisa St. Claire. Her husband's a cop. Her whereabouts are unknown. Spenser thought he could help a friend find his missing wife. Until he learned the nasty truth about Lisa St. Claire. For starters, it's not her real name...

23. Chance

Cover Image
Star rating for Chance
Series Volume:
23.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Mafia princess Shirley Meeker wants her husband back. So does her father the kingpin and a few other shady characters. Spenser and hawk head to Vegas to find Anthony Meeker and to confirm their suspicion that all these people aren't just missing Anthony's smile. And Spenser has to make some sense of some very disorganized crime...
Cover Image
Star rating for Small vices
Series Volume:
24.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.
From Boston's back streets to Manhattan's elite, Spenser and Hawk search for suspects, including Melissa's rich-kid, tennis-star boyfriend. But when a man with a .22 puts Spenser in a coma, the hope for justice may die with him...
Cover Image
Star rating for Sudden mischief
Series Volume:
25.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Susan Silverman's ex doesn't call himself "Silverman" anymore—he's changed his name to "Sterling." And that's not the only thing that's phony about him. A do-gooding charity fundraiser, he's been accused of sexual harassment by no less than four different women. And not long after Spenser starts investigating, Sterling is wanted for a bigger charge: murder...
Cover Image
Star rating for Hush money
Series Volume:
26.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Spenser has his hands full when he takes on two cases at once. In the first, a high-minded university might be hiding a killer within a swamp of political correctness. And in the other, Spenser comes to the aid of a stalking victim, only to find himself the unwilling object of the woman's dangerous affection.
Cover Image
Star rating for Hugger mugger
Series Volume:
27.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
"Someone's making death threats in Dixie -- against a thoroughbred horse destined to be the next Secretariat. At the owner's request, Boston P.I. Spenser hoofs it down south -- where the lies are buzzing...and the dying is easy."--Back cover.

28. Potshot

Cover Image
Star rating for Potshot
Series Volume:
28.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Boston P.I. Spenser returns—heading west to the rich man’s haven of Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town reborn as a paradise for Los Angeles millionaires looking for a place to escape the pressures of their high-flying lifestyles.
Potshot overcame its rough reputation as a rendezvous for old-time mountain men who lived off the land, thanks to a healthy infusion of new blood and even newer money. But when this western idyll...
Cover Image
Star rating for Widow's walk
Series Volume:
29.
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
One of Boston’s elite has been murdered. The accused is his new wife. She’s blonde, beautiful, and young. The jury’s going to hate her. With next-to-no alibi, and multi-million reasons to kill her husband, she needs the best defense money can buy. His name is Spenser, and he’d give anything to believe her.
Cover Image
Star rating for Back story
Series Volume:
30.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Thirty years after an unsolved bank robbery leaves a woman dead, Paul Giacomin, whom Spenser regards like a son, and Daryl Gordon, the son of the robbery victim, turn to Spenser to seek out clues about the crime.
Cover Image
Star rating for Bad business
Series Volume:
31.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to follow a cheating husband, only to cross paths with a detective hired to tail the two-timing wife. They aren't the most trusting couple in town, but as it turns out, they are the most dangerous.
Cover Image
Star rating for Cold service
Series Volume:
32.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
When his closest ally, Hawk, is beaten and left for dead while protecting a bookie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his best pal, body and soul. But that means infiltrating a ruthless mob—and redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance...

“Cold Service moves with the speed of light.”—Orlando Sentinel

Cover Image
Star rating for School days
Series Volume:
33.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Lily Ellsworth the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting. 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.
Cover Image
Star rating for Hundred-dollar baby
Series Volume:
34.
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
April Kyle, a prostitute from Spenser's past, comes back into his life-with deadly complications.
Cover Image
Star rating for Now and then
Series Volume:
35.
Average Rating:
4.7 stars
Description:
Investigating a case of infidelity sounds simple—until it plunges Spenser and his beloved Susan into a politically charged murder plot that’s already left three people dead.
Cover Image
Star rating for Rough weather
Series Volume:
36.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
In this mystery a hurricane hinders a kidnapping and Spenser goes on a search for the man responsible--the infamous Gray Man, who has both helped and hunted Spenser in the past.
Cover Image
Star rating for The professional
Series Volume:
37.
Average Rating:
4.8 stars
Description:
The wives of Boston's wealthiest men have a mutual secret: they all had an affair with the same cad who's blackmailing them, and Spenser's been hired to stop him. But when the wives start dying one by one, Spenser's new case becomes murder.
Cover Image
Star rating for Painted ladies
Series Volume:
38.
Average Rating:
5 stars
Description:
Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Boston PI Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting. The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen.

39. Sixkill

Cover Image
Star rating for Sixkill
Series Volume:
39.
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
When infamous actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of rape and murder, the Boston PD calls on Spenser to make heads or tails of the case. Although the evidence is mounting against Jumbo, Spenser makes a break when he teams up with Jumbo's bodyguard, Zebulon Sixkill, and uncovers some secrets involving the murder victim.
Cover Image
Star rating for Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
Author:
Series Volume:
40.
Average Rating:
4.3 stars
Description:
"Spenser takes up a seemingly open and closed cold case at the behest of a street-wise 16 year old girl, who believes her mother's murderers went free. As Spenser digs deeper into the mystery, he finds a much more dangerous and complex mystery than he bargained for"--
Cover Image
Star rating for Robert B. Parker's Wonderland
Author:
Series Volume:
41.
Average Rating:
4 stars
Description:
"Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn to a chunk of land north of Boston...
Cover Image
Star rating for Silent night
Series Volume:
42.
Average Rating:
4.5 stars
Description:
"It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Slide's mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community, turning...
Cover Image
Star rating for Robert B. Parker's Cheap shot
Author:
Series Volume:
43.
Average Rating:
4.5 stars
Description:
"The iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser returns in an outstanding new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots' marquee players-a hard-nosed linebacker who's earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing...
Cover Image
Star rating for Robert B. Parker's Kickback
Author:
Series Volume:
44.
Average Rating:
4.5 stars