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Spenser (played by Robert Urich) and his girlfriend Susan Silverman (played by Barbara Stock) on the former television series, Spenser: For Hire.
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Spenser (played by Robert Urich) and his girlfriend Susan Silverman (played by Barbara Stock) on the former television series, Spenser: For Hire.

Spenser (he never reveals his first name) is a fictional character in a series of detective novels by American mystery writer Robert B. Parker. Image File history File links Barbaraspenser. ... Image File history File links Barbaraspenser. ... Robert Urich (December 19, 1946 - April 16, 2002) was an Emmy-winning actor, best known for playing private investigators on the television series Spenser: For Hire (1985-1988) and Vega$ {1978-1981). ... Barbara Stock is an American actress, who appeared in the prime-time drama Dallas as Liz Adams. ... Spenser: For Hire is a mystery, P.I. television series based on Robert B. Parkers Spenser novels. ... 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. ... Robert B. Parkers novel Cold Service Robert B. Parker (born September 17, 1932) is an acclaimed American writer of detective fiction. ...


Spenser is a private eye in the mold of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, a smart-mouthed tough guy with a heart of gold. Unlike Marlowe, Spenser maintains a committed relationship with a woman (Susan Silverman). Although he is an extremely tough guy, an ex-boxer (who likes to remind readers that he once fought the former heavyweight champ Jersey Joe Walcott) who lifts weights to stay in shape, he is also quite erudite, cooks, and lives by a code of honor he and Susan sometimes discuss -- though as infrequently as he can manage. Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an Anglo-American author of crime stories and novels. ... Ed Bishop had the title role in BBC Radios The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. ... Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), better known as Jersey Joe Walcott was a world heavyweight boxing champion. ...


Spenser bears more than a passing resemblance to his creator, Robert B. Parker. Both are Bostonians, and both spent time in Korea with the U.S. Army. Unlike Parker, however, Spenser never grows older. (Comment: Not true. Spenser does age, but slowly. He was 38 when first introduced in The Godwulf Manuscript and is now 45, aging 7 years for about 30 years of real time. This requires some retconning -- Spenser no longer makes any reference to his military service in the Korean War as an eighteen-year old, as he did in the first novels.) Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ...


The other major character in the Spenser novels is his close friend Hawk (which is unlikely to be either of his real names), an equally tough but somewhat shady echo of Spenser himself. Hawk may be modeled on the sidekick in Book Five of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene; Artegal, the knight of justice, has a helper named Talus who is an invincible man of iron. Edmund Spenser Edmund Spenser (c. ... Una and the Lion by Briton Rivière The Faerie Queene is an epic poem by Edmund Spenser, first published in 1590 (the first half) with the more or less complete version being published in 1596. ...


Spenser regular seeks help from (or butts heads with) Martin Quirk (originally a lieutenant, currently a captain) of the Boston Police Department. Among his other police allies are Frank Belson and Lee Farrell, both detectives under Quirk's command; Healy, a captain of the Massachusetts State Police; and Samuelson, a Los Angeles police lieutenant.


The Spenser books were the inspiration for the late-1980s TV series Spenser: For Hire starring Robert Urich, Barbara Stock and Avery Brooks. Several made-for-TV movies based upon the series followed in the early 1990s. In 1999, Joe Mantegna played Spenser in the first of three TV movies. Spenser: For Hire is a mystery, P.I. television series based on Robert B. Parkers Spenser novels. ... Robert Urich (December 19, 1946 - April 16, 2002) was an Emmy-winning actor, best known for playing private investigators on the television series Spenser: For Hire (1985-1988) and Vega$ {1978-1981). ... Barbara Stock is an American actress, who appeared in the prime-time drama Dallas as Liz Adams. ... Brooks as Sisko Avery Franklin Brooks (born October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American actor. ... Joe Mantegna as Detective Will Girardi in Joan of Arcadia Joe Mantegnas character, Fat Tony in The Simpsons Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ...


External links

  • Bullets and Beer — The definitive online resource for Spenser and Parker fans. It exhaustively explores Parker's novels, the connections between them, and the literary worlds they inhabit.
  • The Spensarium — The original online resource for Spenser and Parker fans. It documents the cultural and literary references in the novels while providing news and tour schedules for the author.
  • Spensarium group at Yahoo — for discussion of the works of Robert B Parker
  • Spenser's Sneakers yahoo group
  • Thrilling Detectives page on Spenser — includes a complete list of the books, movies, and TV episodes

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Spenser (2880 words)
In the shows, Spenser was just a run of the mill TV dick, a bit smugger than most, and his literacy seemed to consist mostly of reading quotation books.
Spenser's "neat, TV dick car" was a dark, ivy green 1966 Mustang, and the on-location shooting in Boston was a nice change of pace.
Parker's Spenser novels were mentioned repeatedly as a major influence on many of these writers (it was also frequently stated, to be fair, that the early books were far superior to the more recent ones.) My opinion is that the countless imitations of the Spenser books--and there are many--have tarnished our perception of the originals.
Edmund Spenser - LoveToKnow 1911 (3582 words)
Spenser had too strong a genius not to make his own individuality felt in any form that he attempted, and his buoyant dexterity in handling various schemes of verse must always afford delight to the connoisseur in such things.
Spenser was appointed secretary to the lord-deputy of Ireland in 1580, and was one of the band of adventurers who, with mixed motives of love of excitement, patriotism, piety and hopes of forfeited estates, accompanied Lord Arthur Grey of Wilton to Ireland to aid in the suppression of Desmond's rebellion.
Spenser's View of the State of Ireland drawn up after fourteen years' experience, but first printed in 1633 by Sir James Ware, who complains of Spenser's harshnes3 and inadequate knowledge (History of Ireland, appendix), is not the work of a gentle dreamer, but of an energetic and shrewd public official.
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