Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) was a prolific American novelist, who specialized in writing detective and western novels. Parker may be best known for his Spenser series, but that doesn’t mean he was a one-trick pony. His other series included Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Cole & Hitch (Appaloosa) and a couple of Philip Marlowe novels. He also had a number of standalone novels and non-fiction books to his credit.

Robert B. Parker has had a number of his works adapted to other mediums. Spenser For Hire starring Robert Urich was produced by ABC, Jesse Stone films were turned into TV movies starring Tom Selleck and Appaloosa was made into a film starring Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris. Parker’s Spenser and Jesse Stone series will be continued by Ace Atkins and Michael Brandman, respectively. Below is a list of Robert B. Parker’s books in order of when they were first published:

Publication Order of Spenser Books

The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)Description / Buy at
God Save the Child (1974)Description / Buy at
Mortal Stakes (1975)Description / Buy at
Promised Land (1976)Description / Buy at
The Judas Goat (1978)Description / Buy at
Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980)Description / Buy at
Early Autumn (1981)Description / Buy at
A Savage Place (1981)Description / Buy at
Ceremony (1982)Description / Buy at
The Widening Gyre (1983)Description / Buy at
Valediction (1984)Description / Buy at
A Catskill Eagle (1985)Description / Buy at
Taming a Sea-Horse (1986)Description / Buy at
Pale Kings and Princes (1987)Description / Buy at
Crimson Joy (1988)Description / Buy at
Playmates (1989)Description / Buy at
Stardust (1990)Description / Buy at
Pastime (1991)Description / Buy at
Double Deuce (1992)Description / Buy at
Paper Doll (1993)Description / Buy at
Walking Shadow (1994)Description / Buy at
Thin Air (1995)Description / Buy at
Chance (1996)Description / Buy at
Small Vices (1997)Description / Buy at
Sudden Mischief (1998)Description / Buy at
Hush Money (1999)Description / Buy at
Hugger Mugger (2000)Description / Buy at
Potshot (2001)Description / Buy at
Widow's Walk (2002)Description / Buy at
Back Story (2003)Description / Buy at
Bad Business (2004)Description / Buy at
Cold Service (2005)Description / Buy at
School Days (2005)Description / Buy at
Hundred-Dollar Baby / Dream Girl (2006)Description / Buy at
Now and Then (2007)Description / Buy at
Rough Weather (2008)Description / Buy at
The Professional (2009)Description / Buy at
Painted Ladies (2010)Description / Buy at
Sixkill (2011)Description / Buy at
Silent Night (With: Helen Brann) (2011)Description / Buy at
Lullaby (By: Ace Atkins) (2012)Description / Buy at
Wonderland / Spenser Confidential (By: Ace Atkins) (2013)Description / Buy at
Cheap Shot (By: Ace Atkins) (2014)Description / Buy at
Kickback (By: Ace Atkins) (2015)Description / Buy at
Slow Burn (By: Ace Atkins) (2016)Description / Buy at
Little White Lies (By: Ace Atkins) (2017)Description / Buy at
Old Black Magic (By: Ace Atkins) (2018)Description / Buy at
Angel Eyes (By: Ace Atkins) (2019)Description / Buy at
Someone to Watch Over Me (By: Ace Atkins) (2020)Description / Buy at
Bye Bye Baby (By: Ace Atkins) (2022)Description / Buy at
Broken Trust (By: Mike Lupica) (2023)Description / Buy at
Hot Property (By: Mike Lupica) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Jesse Stone Books

Night Passage (1997)Description / Buy at
Trouble in Paradise (1998)Description / Buy at
Death in Paradise (2001)Description / Buy at
Stone Cold (2003)Description / Buy at
Sea Change (2005)Description / Buy at
High Profile (2007)Description / Buy at
Stranger in Paradise (2008)Description / Buy at
Night and Day (2009)Description / Buy at
Split Image (2010)Description / Buy at
Killing The Blues (By: Michael Brandman) (2011)Description / Buy at
Fool Me Twice (By: Michael Brandman) (2012)Description / Buy at
Damned If You Do (By: Michael Brandman) (2013)Description / Buy at
Blind Spot (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2014)Description / Buy at
The Devil Wins (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2015)Description / Buy at
Debt to Pay (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2016)Description / Buy at
The Hangman's Sonnet (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2018)Description / Buy at
Colorblind (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2018)Description / Buy at
The Bitterest Pill (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2019)Description / Buy at
Fool's Paradise (By: Mike Lupica) (2020)Description / Buy at
Stone's Throw (By: Mike Lupica) (2021)Description / Buy at
Fallout (By: Mike Lupica) (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Sunny Randall Books

Family Honor (1999)Description / Buy at
Perish Twice (2000)Description / Buy at
Shrink Rap (2002)Description / Buy at
Melancholy Baby (2004)Description / Buy at
Blue Screen (2006)Description / Buy at
Spare Change (2007)Description / Buy at
Blood Feud (By: Mike Lupica) (2018)Description / Buy at
Grudge Match (By: Mike Lupica) (2020)Description / Buy at
Payback (By: Mike Lupica) (2021)Description / Buy at
Revenge Tour (By: Mike Lupica) (2022)Description / Buy at
Bad Influence (By: Alison Gaylin) (2023)Description / Buy at
Buzz Kill (By: Alison Gaylin) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Books

Appaloosa (2005)Description / Buy at
Resolution (2008)Description / Buy at
Brimstone (2009)Description / Buy at
Blue-Eyed Devil (2010)Description / Buy at
Ironhorse (By: Robert Knott) (2013)Description / Buy at
Bull River (By: Robert Knott) (2014)Description / Buy at
The Bridge (By: Robert Knott) (2014)Description / Buy at
Blackjack (By: Robert Knott) (2016)Description / Buy at
Revelation (By: Robert Knott) (2017)Description / Buy at
Buckskin (By: Robert Knott) (2019)Description / Buy at
Opium Rose (By: Robert Knott) (2026)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wilderness (1979)Description / Buy at
Surrogate (1982)Description / Buy at
Love and Glory (1983)Description / Buy at
All Our Yesterdays (1994)Description / Buy at
Gunman's Rhapsody (2001)Description / Buy at
Double Play (2004)Description / Buy at
Edenville Owls (2007)Description / Buy at
The Boxer and the Spy (2008)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Training with Weights (With: John R. Marsh) (1974)Description / Buy at
Three Weeks In Spring (With: Joan H. Parker) (1978)Description / Buy at
A Year at the Races (With: Joan H. Parker) (1991)Description / Buy at
Spenser's Boston (1994)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Philip Marlowe Books

The Big Sleep (By: Raymond Chandler) (1939)Description / Buy at
Farewell, My Lovely (By: Raymond Chandler) (1940)Description / Buy at
The High Window (By: Raymond Chandler) (1942)Description / Buy at
The Lady in the Lake (By: Raymond Chandler) (1943)Description / Buy at
The Little Sister (By: Raymond Chandler) (1949)Description / Buy at
The Long Goodbye (By: Raymond Chandler) (1953)Description / Buy at
Playback (By: Raymond Chandler) (1958)Description / Buy at
Poodle Springs (With: Raymond Chandler) (1989)Description / Buy at
Perchance to Dream (1991)Description / Buy at
The Black-Eyed Blonde (By: Benjamin Black) (2014)Description / Buy at
Only to Sleep (By: Lawrence Osborne) (2018)Description / Buy at
The Goodbye Coast (By: Joe Ide) (2022)Description / Buy at
The Second Murderer (By: Denise Mina) (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Young Spenser Books

Chasing the Bear (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at
Spenser (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories 1997(1997)Description / Buy at
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe(2011)Description / Buy at
Boston Noir 2(2012)Description / Buy at

Notes: Poodle Springs was finished by Robert B. Parker after Raymond Chandler died before finishing the novel. As of Lullaby, the Spenser series is written by Ace Atkins (with the exception of Silent Night, which is written by Helen Brann). Starting with Killing the Blues, the Jesse Stone series is written by Michael Brandman, except for Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman. As of Ironhorse, the Cole & Hitch books are written by Robert Knott.

If You Like Robert B. Parker Books, You’ll Love…

Robert B. Parker Synopses: Gunman’s Rhapsody is a book about the famous gunslinger Wyatt Earp that takes place in 1879. It is not about the shootout like you’d expect from a movie, but instead is more of a character story of Wyatt Earp.

The Boxer and the Spy is a standalone title by Robert B. Parker. Terry Novak, fifteen, doesn’t know what to think when the body of a shy high school student is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town. It appears that the student committed suicide. He decides to conduct his own investigation with the assistance of his best friend Abby because something seems to be going on. They quickly realize that asking questions puts them in serious danger and will be difficult to survive.

Fortunately, a retired boxer by the name of George has been teaching Terry a few things about fighting. He teaches Terry to use his head and keep his feet planted, lessons that Terry takes to heart in more than one way. He’ll have to.

In Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker, there is an evil presence in the air; Bobby can tell. Who is the man he observed quarreling with his pretty new English teacher? Although Bobby is aware that he ought to concentrate on his own matters, the circumstances are perplexing. What is happening in the world now that World War II is over? Particularly Bobby’s world. One example is Joanie. Why does it feel awkward to be her friend? The junior varsity Edenville Owls, his basketball friends who need a leader, are another group. Can they assist one another on and off the court in the same way that they can?

Spenser’s Boston by Robert B. Parker chronicles the history of Boston through the eyes of one of its most well-known residents, Spenser, the tough guy who is also sensitive and intelligent. It includes photographs and passages from the best-selling mystery novels.

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3 Responses to “Order of Robert B. Parker Books”

  1. Teresa Vaughan: 4 years ago

    How should I read Jesse stone and sunny Randall to keep their relationship straight?


  2. Pat dearmore: 10 years ago

    What Jesse Stone books were made into movies and in what order?


    • Brandon: 10 years ago

      The movies were made in this order:

      Stone Cold
      Night Passage
      Death in Paradise
      Sea Change
      Thin Ice
      No Remorse
      Innocents Lost
      Benefit of the Doubt

      Night Passage is a prequel to Stone Cold, although I’m going to guess that the best way to watch the films is in the order they were produced, if it matters at all. Benefit of the Doubt doesn’t appear to be adapted from a novel.


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