This is the first Spenser novel! It's fun & a quick read. Parker does a great job describing his characters - particularly their clothing - and since this one was written in 1973, it's a real flashback for me!
I love reading the Spenser books out of order. I've read more than half of them and finally got around to this, the first in the series. Spenser is still Spenser, but it's nice to be able to go back to a time before Susan Silverman. It breaks the monotony and adds another dimension to the Spenser character.
A friend recommended Robert B. Parker's SPENCER series to me, and all I can say is 'How come I didn't learn of this neat mystery writer until now?!!' THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT is really good who-dunnit which introduces a gumshoe (private eye) like no other.
From back cover: Spenser had earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he was ready when a Boston university hired him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He was hardly surprised that his only clue was a radical student with four bullets in his chest.
The cops were ready to throw the book at the pretty blonde coed whose prints were all over the murder weapon but Spenser wasn't there for easy answers. The lovely lady offered a cram course in campus love--but first there was the question of who had splashed blood on the ivory tower, some very heavy homework, and the grim possibility that, if he didn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked 'D'--for dead.
This book wound up being a really fun read in its "retro-ness." It was written in the 70's, and every time the author described a scene it included people clad in bell bottoms, platform shoes, vinyl thigh high boots, tie dye, etc. They're supposed to be very fashionable but it's good for a chuckle now. As for the story line, it isn't bad, but the Spenser books surely do get better as the series progresses. Still and all a kick to read... and it's a short book at that.
Wonderful read -- it was great to see where Spenser started. A little rougher and cruder than now, before SuSan and Hawk. This is where he started with Belson and Quirk. Spenser is great anytime - but I just finished this (his first book) and it filled in some blanks. Super!
Spenser had earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he was ready when a Boston university hired him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript, and hardly surprised that his only clue was a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops were ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints were all over the murder weapon, but Spenser wasn't there for the easy answers.
I have been a fan of hard boiled detectives ever since I discovered "I The Jury" when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Spenser doesn't disappoint. He is big, tough, smart and never breaks the rules he lives by. They don't come any better.