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)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
God Save the Child (1974)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Mortal Stakes (1975)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Promised Land (1976)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Judas Goat (1978)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Early Autumn (1981)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
A Savage Place (1981)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Ceremony (1982)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Widening Gyre (1983)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Valediction (1984)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
A Catskill Eagle (1985)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Taming a Sea-Horse (1986)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Pale Kings and Princes (1987)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Crimson Joy (1988)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Playmates (1989)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Stardust (1990)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Pastime (1991)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Double Deuce (1992)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Paper Doll (1993)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Walking Shadow (1994)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Thin Air (1995)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Chance (1996)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Small Vices (1997)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Sudden Mischief (1998)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Hush Money (1999)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Hugger Mugger (2000)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Potshot (2001)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Widow's Walk (2002)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Back Story (2003)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Bad Business (2004)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Cold Service (2005)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
School Days (2005)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Hundred-Dollar Baby / Dream Girl (2006)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Now and Then (2007)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Rough Weather (2008)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Professional (2009)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Painted Ladies (2010)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Sixkill (2011)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Silent Night (2011)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Lullaby (By: Ace Atkins) (2012)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Wonderland / Spenser Confidential (By: Ace Atkins) (2013)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Cheap Shot (By: Ace Atkins) (2014)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Kickback (By: Ace Atkins) (2015)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Slow Burn (By: Ace Atkins) (2016)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Little White Lies (By: Ace Atkins) (2017)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Old Black Magic (By: Ace Atkins) (2018)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Angel Eyes (By: Ace Atkins) (2019)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Someone to Watch Over Me (By: Ace Atkins) (2020)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Bye Bye Baby (By: Ace Atkins) (2021)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Jesse Stone Books

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

Publication Order of Sunny Randall Books

Family Honor (1999)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Perish Twice (2000)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Shrink Rap (2002)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Melancholy Baby (2004)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Blue Screen (2006)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Spare Change (2007)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Blood Feud (By: Mike Lupica) (2018)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Grudge Match (By: Mike Lupica) (2020)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Payback (By: Mike Lupica) (2021)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Books

Appaloosa (2005)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Resolution (2008)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Brimstone (2009)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Blue-Eyed Devil (2010)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Ironhorse (By: Robert Knott) (2013)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Bull River (By: Robert Knott) (2014)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Bridge (By: Robert Knott) (2014)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Blackjack (By: Robert Knott) (2016)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Revelation (By: Robert Knott) (2017)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Buckskin (By: Robert Knott) (2019)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wilderness (1979)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Surrogate (1982)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Love and Glory (1983)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
All Our Yesterdays (1994)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Gunman's Rhapsody (2001)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Double Play (2004)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Edenville Owls (2007)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Boxer and the Spy (2008)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Training with Weights, (With: John R. Marsh) (1974)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Three Weeks In Spring (With: Joan H. Parker) (1978)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
A Year at the Races (With: Joan H. Parker) (1991)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Spenser's Boston (1994)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Philip Marlowe Books

The Big Sleep (By: Raymond Chandler) (1939)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Farewell, My Lovely (By: Raymond Chandler) (1940)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The High Window (By: Raymond Chandler) (1942)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Lady in the Lake (By: Raymond Chandler) (1943)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Little Sister (By: Raymond Chandler) (1949)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Long Goodbye (By: Raymond Chandler) (1953)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Playback (By: Raymond Chandler) (1958)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Poodle Springs (With: Raymond Chandler) (1989)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Perchance to Dream (1991)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
The Black-Eyed Blonde (By: Benjamin Black) (2014)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Only to Sleep (By: Lawrence Osborne) (2018)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Young Spenser Books

Chasing the Bear (2009)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories 1997(1997)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe(2011)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com
Boston Noir 2(2012)Amazon.ca | Amazon.com

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.

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

  1. Teresa Vaughan: 1 year ago

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

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  2. Pat dearmore: 7 years ago

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

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    • Brandon: 7 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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