Spenser is a series of fictional detective novels by American author Robert B. Parker and later by Ace Atkins. Spenser is a private detective in Boston, although originally from Wyoming.

In addition to the 40 novels he has appeared in, Spenser was portrayed by Robert Urich in the ABC hit TV series Spenser: For Hire that ran from 1985 until 1988. The character has also made it to a number of Lifetime and A&E TV movies. Below is a list of all of the Spenser novels in order of when they were released:

Publication Order of Spenser Books


The Godwulf Manuscript(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
God Save the Child(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortal Stakes(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Promised Land(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Judas Goat(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Looking for Rachel Wallace(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Early Autumn(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Savage Place(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ceremony(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Widening Gyre(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Valediction(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Catskill Eagle(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Taming a Sea-Horse(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pale Kings and Princes(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crimson Joy(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Playmates(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stardust(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pastime(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Double Deuce(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paper Doll(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Walking Shadow(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thin Air(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chance(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Small Vices(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sudden Mischief(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hush Money(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hugger Money(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Potshot(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Widow's Walk(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Back Story(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Business(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Service(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
School Days(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hundred-Dollar Baby(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Now and Then(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rough Weather(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chasing the Bear(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Professional(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Painted Ladies(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sixkill(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lullaby(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wonderland(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silent Night(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Starting with Lullaby, the series is written by Ace Atkins. Silent Night was written with Helen Brann. Chasing the Bear is a Young Spenser novel that is a prequel to the rest of this series.

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Spenser Synopses: Promised Land is the fourth book in Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Spenser has no problem being able to find Pam Shepard for husband Harvey, but he gets the notion that Harvey himself is a victim as well. Promised Land was adapted into the pilot of the ABC Spenser: For Hire series.

A Savage Place is the eighth novel in the Spenser series. Somebody is threatening a TV reporter to keep her from getting too close to their business. Spenser has to keep her safe so she can break this gigantic case. Lifetime adapted A Savage Place into a made-for-TV movie.

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