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A Catskill Eagle
Spencer is an ex-cop turned private eye who helps out people in need. Spencer lives in Boston, where he receives a letter from his girlfriend Susan Silverman, a psychologist. The letter tells Spencer his friend Hawk (a large tough black man with a piercing gaze and total loyalty to Susan) has been arrested and held in a small town in California. Unbeknownst to Spencer, Hawk had gone west to help Susan out of a jam. He got into one himself. Susa...
A Savage Place
Rachel Wallace calls Spenser for a job in LA. He flies there to meet his new client. Candy Sloan, a TV reporter, has uncovered a scandal in the movie industry. Mickey, a stuntman, has seen the producer paying-off to a suspicious guy. Candy needs a bodyguard. Spenser's function will be 'predominantly protective' since she is the one pursuing the suspects and the story. The first night he stays at his hotel and she gets beat up when meeting a possible i...
Back Story
Putnam, March 2003, 24.95, 304 pp. ISBN 0399149775 Boston private investigator Spenser isn't an easy touch, but Paul Giacomin is like a son to him so he is willing to go the extra mile to do the man a favor. Paul, a playwright, wants Spenser to help his friend actress Daryl Silver who is starring in his play, to find out who killed her mother Emily in a Boston bank robbery in 1974. Daryl wants closure and Paul pays Spenser's fee, a box of Krisp...
Bad Business
Marlene Cowley wants to hire Spenser to investigate her husband, Trent Cowley. She is convinced he is cheating on her and wants proof that will humiliate and destroy him in open court. Spenser reluctantly agrees as he does not care for this type of cases and such proof isn't required in the courts of today. Before long, Spenser discovers that his client has a tail of her own. Apparently Trent shares the same concerns and has hired another investigator...

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Blue Screen
Sunny is hired by a young dot com millionaire turned film producer and professional sports team owner, Buddy Bollen, to guard his extremely temperamental leading lady and girlfriend, Erin Flint. Erin is the heroine of the tremendously popular, if artistically challenged, WOMAN WARRIOR adventure film series. Besides being drop dead gorgeous, Erin is an athlete of sorts and does all her own stunts in her films. But she is not just Buddy's film franchise...
Ceremony
Susan Silverman, who still works in Smithfield, asks Spenser to help with finding April Kyle, a teenage girl who has run away from home. Mrs. Kyle wants to see her daughter back home. Mr. Kyle never wants to see her again. Spenser, once more faced with a couple of stubborn, clueless, suburban parents he despises, takes the job for Mrs. Kyle's sake. He interviews local teenagers, and finds out April used to be friendly with another drop out called Amy,...
Death in Paradise
In Robert B. Parkers mystery, "Death in Paradise", Jesse Stone is a police man in a small town called Paradise. Haunted by his past, Jesse must set things right. He tries to overcome his alcoholism, while trying to earn the love from his ex-wife. At the same time, a girl is found dead in a lake. The only clue is a class ring on a necklace. ...
Double Play (Literature)
Putnam, May 2004, 24.95,288pp ISBN: 0399151885 In 1947, Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, shocks America when he announces that he is breaking the color barrier by bringing up Jackie Robinson from the Montreal farm team. However, Mr. Rickey knows that many people do not want to see the line broken so to keep Jackie safe, he hires former World War II marine Joseph Burke to act as a bodyguard. Robinson and Burke quickly develop mutu...
Double Play (Thriller/Action)
Returning from WWII, Joseph Burke seeks to find life, love and employment in the new America. He is recently divorced and scarred by the process. He becomes a fighter but is not quite good enough, and without alternate skills, becomes a bodyguard. He is hired to guard a young, wild, narcissistic young woman. After a scene of passionate lovemaking in the public park, Burke finds himself in love with the young woman, but is ultimately fired by her fath...
Early Autumn
Early Autumn, by Robert B. Parker, was a very well written book but lacked the suspense needed to make it a mystery. While the plot was very descriptive there was no murder or suspense to make it interesting. Paul Giacomin was kidnapped by his father in an act of revenge against his ex-wife. Spenser, hired by Mrs. Giacomin, gets the kid back but decides to take things into his own hands. This book is not a good one to read if you want to read a myster...

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God Save the Child
In Apple Knoll, a small suburban town, something has gone terribly wrong. Kevin Bartlett, the son of Roger and Margery Bartlett is missing. Private investigator Spenser is appointed the task of finding the Bartlett's son. At first there are signs of a simple escape from a drunk mom and a raging household, then the arrival of a ransom note brings other ideas to mind. Spenser begins collecting clues and following leads as well as becoming side tracke...
Hush Money
Spencer is hired by Hawk to discover why his friend was denied tenure at a local university. At the same time, Susan asks Spencer to help her friend who is being stalked. Spencer takes on both jobs, and things develop into something much more complicated....
Melancholy Baby
Sarah Markham, a student, thinks she is adopted, and hires Sunny to figure out who are her real parents Mr. and Mrs. Markahm deny having adopted Sarah, and refuse DNA testing. As Boston P.I, Sunny Randal, looks into the Markhams' background, Sarah is beaten by two men, and is urged to call off the investigation. Sunny receives a phone call from somebody with information about her case. She goes and meets them in the woods (bringing her gun and her friend...
Night Passage
Jesse Stone, recently fired from the LAPD for drinking on the job, takes a job as a police chief in a small Massachusetts town. But all is not right in Paradise. In a town with no violence, a murder happens within a few days of his arrival. And the mayor seems to have something to hide. ...
Pale Kings and Princes
This book is part of a series starring Spencer, a private detective. This series is the basis for the TV series called Spencer for Hire, starring Robert Urich. Spencer lives in Boston, used to be a cop, but now is a private detective. He is hired by a local newspaper to find out what happened to one of their reporters. He was investigating the cocaine traffic in a nearby small town called Wheaton when he was killed. But the police all seem to be on ...
Perish Twice
Sunny is hired to protect Mary Lou Goddard, a feminist activist who is being stalked. Soon, Gretchen, a research assistant at Mary Lou's office is shot and everybody suspects a case of mistaken identity. Then, the murder suspect (and suspected stalker) dies. He seems to have committed suicide. Sunny suspects Mary Lou did not tell everything she knew about the stalker and does not believe the man would have commited suicide. Mary Lou is officially a lesbi...

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Potshot
Putnam, Apr 2001, 23.95, 304 pp. ISBN: 039914710 Since he has nothing better to do, Boston's most beloved private detective (at least in Susan's mind), Spencer takes on the case of Mary Lou Buckman. She left Los Angeles to live in Pothole Arizona. However, the Dell, local thugs living in the nearby foothills, threatens the tranquillity of the town. Mary Lou believes the group leader The Preacher ordered his membership to kill her spouse o...
Sea Change
The partially decomposed body of a woman is found floating in the harbour at Paradise, just as Race Week is about to kick off. The question facing Jesse Stone, the police chief, is whether this is a muder or an accident. Because of Race Week there are boats from all parts of the country moored, either to take part in the races of just there for the occasion and when the woman's boat turns up, Jesse's initial investigations begin to lead him to a wealthy...
Shrink Rap
Putnam, Sept 2002, 24.95, 304 ISBN 0399149309 When a person sees Sunny Randall for the first time, the individual thinks cute and perky. However, Sunny is a private detective with a spine of steel and she's not afraid to use the gun she's permitted to carry. Psychiatrist Dr. John Melvin stalks romance author Melanie Joan Hall, so while she is going on a book tour she hires Sunny to be her bodyguard. While on tour, the two women see Dr. Melvin...
Small Vices
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Stone Cold
Putnam, Oct 2003, 24.95, 336 pp. ISBN 0399150870 When his marriage to Jenn broke up, Jesse Stone left California and accepted a job as chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts. Jenn followed soon after and although they see each other on occasion, they also date other people. Jesse tells every woman he's involved with that he's still in love with Jenn and until she tells him it's over, he won't commit to anyone else. Usually Paradise is a ...
The Godwulf Manuscript
Spenser is hired to find out who stole the priceless Godwulf Manuscript from a Boston College. As he investigates a radical student group for the deed, a young girl is framed for the murder of her boyfriend. Spenser thinks the missing manuscript and the murder are connected....

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Trouble in Paradise
Jesse Stone (hero of Night Passage, the first book in this series) has just settled in new job as police chief of Paradise Massachusetts. His ex-wife has moved to the East coast and now works at the local TV station. Some thieves decide to take over Stiles Island, an enclave for the rich with its own security. Macklin and his girlfriend Faye, claim to be wealthy buyers and befriend the local realtor, Marcy, one of Jesse's girl-friends. Macklin recruits...
Widow's Walk
Parker's venerable wiseguy detective Spenser is asked by a friend to investigate the death of a wealthy older man whose arm candy wife is accused of the crime, and is far too dimwitted to even consider such an act. Along the way, he uncovers a financial scandal that leads to more murders, and is (naturally) threatened physically himself. Will these brutes never learn? Parker's formula continues to work splendidly, although this is not one of the mor...


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