The Early Spenser Author:Robert B. Parker THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, GOD SAVE THE CHILD, and MORTAL STAKES, first published in the early seventies, introduced mystery fans to Spenser, a fascinating new privae eye. Spenser and his creator, Robert B. Parker, were welcomed and acclaimed by the critics: THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS said, 'If you like your private eyes to be smart-talking, attracti... more »ve, and impervious to threats from...the police and the Mafia, then you will enjoy Spenser," and Robert B. Parker was soon hailed as a worthy successor to Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald.
Now these first three titles in the Spenser series are together in one hardcover volumn for the first time. In THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, Spenser is hired by a Boston university to recover a stolen rare manuscript. The police suspect a pretty blond student, but Spenser isn't ready for easy answers--especially when a radical student who can provide his only lead is murdered. The LOS ANGELES TIMES said THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT was 'a book to be thankful for...if one is permitted to think that this is the first of a series." In GOD SAVE THE CHILD, Spenser investigates the disappearance of a fourteen-year old boy, an assumed runaway until a ransom note arrives. The investigation leads Spenser to some startling revelations about the boy's family...and to Susan Silverman, the psychologist who becomes an important part of Spenser's life. MORTAL STAKES brings Spenser into the world of baseball, when he is called in to find out the reasons behind the blackmailing of a Red Sox pitcher.« less