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Encyclopedia > Robert B. Parker
Robert B. Parker's novel Cold Service
Robert B. Parker's novel Cold Service

Robert B. Parker (born September 17, 1932) is an acclaimed American writer of detective fiction. His most famous works are the Spenser series, which achieved a far wider audience due to being dramatized as a television series, Spenser: For Hire, on the ABC network during the late 1980s. His works explore aspects of human nature and incorporate considerable knowledge about the Boston metropolitan area. Image File history File links Cold Service Front Cover This work is copyrighted. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Detective fiction is a branch of crime fiction that centres upon the investigation of a crime, usually murder, by a detective, either professional or amateur. ... Spenser (played by Robert Urich) and his girlfriend Susan Silverman (played by Barbara Stock) on the former television series, Spenser: For Hire. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Spenser: For Hire is a mystery, P.I. television series based on Robert B. Parkers Spenser novels. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Human nature is the fundamental nature and substance of humans, as well as the range of human behavior that is believed to be invariant over long periods of time and across very different cultural contexts. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Official website: www. ...

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Biography

Robert Brown Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He met his future wife Joan when they were both children in their hometown of Springfield; they began dating at Colby College. They married in 1956; they have two sons, David and Daniel. Robert Parker received a Ph. D. in English literature from Boston University in 1971, with a dissertation on the private-eye heroes of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald. He worked in technical writing and advertising and then in academia, eventually becoming a full professor at Northeastern University, Boston. He became a full-time writer in 1979. He and his wife separated in 1982 but reconciled in 1984, first living separately and since 1986 living on different floors of a house in Cambridge. Springfield MA skyline Nickname: City of Homes Official website: www. ... Colby College, founded in 1813, is one of the United States of Americas oldest independent liberal arts colleges. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Edgar Allan Poe was American, Salman Rushdie is Indian. ... For the unrelated Jesuit university in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. ... Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an Anglo-American author of crime stories and novels. ... Ross MacDonald (born January 24, 1965 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian sailor. ... Northeastern University or NU is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, in the New England region of the United States. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Squares Official website: www. ...


Parallels between Parker's life and his fiction are easy to find. His first literary collaboration with his wife, Three Weeks in Spring, is based on her first bout with breast cancer. Spenser's separation from and reconciliation with his girlfriend mirror the Parkers' marriage. Spenser's surrogate son, Paul Giacomin, is a dancer and choreographer like David Parker. Both David and Daniel Parker are gay, a situation that may be reflected in several sympathetic gay characters in Parker's fiction. In fact Daniel Parker, an actor, has played two of those characters (Spike and Detective Lee Farrell) in television film versions of his father's novels. Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ...


Selected bibliography

Spenser novels

  1. The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)
  2. God Save the Child (1974)
  3. Mortal Stakes (1975)
  4. Promised Land (1976)
  5. The Judas Goat (1978)
  6. Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980)
  7. Early Autumn (1981)
  8. A Savage Place (1981)
  9. Ceremony (1982)
  10. The Widening Gyre (1983)
  11. Valediction (1984)
  12. Catskill Eagle (1985)
  13. Taming a Sea Horse (1986)
  14. Pale Kings and Princes (1987)
  15. Crimson Joy (1988)
  16. Playmates (1989)
  17. Stardust (1990)
  18. Pastime (1991)
  19. Double Deuce (1992)
  20. Paper Doll (1993)
  21. Walking Shadow (1994)
  22. Thin Air (1995)
  23. Chance (1996)
  24. Small Vices (1997)
  25. Sudden Mischief (1998)
  26. Hush Money (1999)
  27. Hugger Mugger (2000)
  28. Potshot (2001)
  29. Widow's Walk (2002)
  30. Back Story (2003)
  31. Bad Business (2004)
  32. Cold Service (2005)
  33. School Days (2005)
  34. Hundred-Dollar Baby (2006)

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Jesse Stone novels

  1. Night Passage (1997)
  2. Trouble in Paradise (1998)
  3. Death In Paradise (2001)
  4. Stone Cold (2003) (also includes Sunny Randall)
  5. Sea Change (2006)

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Sunny Randall novels

  1. Family Honor (1999)
  2. Perish Twice (2000)
  3. Shrink Rap (2002)
  4. Melancholy Baby (2004)
  5. Blue Screen (2006)

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Philip Marlowe novels

  1. Poodle Springs (1990). A continuation of an unfinished manuscript by Raymond Chandler, authorized by Chandler's estate.
  2. Perchance to Dream (1991). An authorized sequel to Chandler's novel The Big Sleep.

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Other fiction

  1. Wilderness (1980)
  2. Love and Glory (1980)
  3. Three Weeks in Spring (with Joan H. Parker) (1982)
  4. All Our Yesterdays (1994)
  5. Gunman's Rhapsody (2001)
  6. Double Play (2004)
  7. Appaloosa (2005)

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Non-fiction

  1. Sports Illustrated Training with Weights (with John R. Marsh) 1974
  2. A Year At The Races (with Joan H. Parker) 1990

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External links

  • The Spensarium -The original online resource for fans of RBP & his Spenser series of novels and documents the literary and cultural references in the novels. est 1994
  • Spenser at Yahoo- A Yahoo discussion group for fans of Robert B Parker
  • http://bullets-and-beer.com/ A compendious fan site
  • 1984 and 1986 audio interviews of Robert B. Parker by Don Swaim of CBS Radio, RealAudio

 
 

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