Books

Between 1973 and 2011, Robert B. Parker published nearly 70 books. Almost all of them were bestsellers.

He started each of his books with a very brief sketch of an idea—a sentence or two, sometimes more. There was never a detailed outline. As he wrote, Bob usually wasn't sure what would happen until it did.

He would sit down to write five and, later, ten pages a day. Once he was in his "groove," the words flowed easily, frequently leading him and his characters in unanticipated directions. Bob loved to write, and he always wondered at how his fingers often seemed to do the thinking for him. He disliked rewriting, however, and grumbled (not always to himself) whenever Joan or his editor, Chris Pepe, thought he should make changes. There were not a lot of them.

While Bob is best known for his bestselling detective series—those featuring Spenser, Jesse Stone or Sunny Randall—the range of things that mattered to him was much broader. He was thrilled when Ed Harris turned one of his westerns, Appaloosa, into an excellent motion picture.

Bob's publisher enabled him to produce books about things he thought about a lot, including baseball (Double Play), generations (All Our Yesterdays), and young love (Love and Glory). He and Joan wrote A Year at the Races, about the world of horse racing, and also combined to write Three Weeks in Spring, about Joan's first battle with breast cancer. Even though young adult novels did not come easily to Bob, he wrote three of them.

The Spenser Series | The Jesse Stone Series | The Sunny Randall Series
The Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series | Young Adult | Other Novels


The Spenser Series

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot

Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

Ace Atkins

Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel

Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby

Ace Atkins

Sixkill

Robert B. Parker

Painted Ladies

Robert B. Parker

The Professional

Robert B. Parker

Rough Weather

Robert B. Parker

Now and Then

Robert B. Parker

Hundred-Dollar Baby

Robert B. Parker

School Days

Robert B. Parker

Cold Service

Robert B. Parker

Bad Business

Robert B. Parker

Back Story

Robert B. Parker

Widow's Walk

Robert B. Parker

Potshot

Robert B. Parker

Hugger Mugger

Robert B. Parker

Hush Money

Robert B. Parker

Sudden Mischief

Robert B. Parker

Small Vices

Robert B. Parker

Chance

Robert B. Parker

Thin Air

Robert B. Parker

Walking Shadow

Robert B. Parker

Paper Doll

Robert B. Parker

Double Deuce

Robert B. Parker

Pastime

Robert B. Parker

Stardust

Robert B. Parker

Playmates

Robert B. Parker

Crimson Joy

Robert B. Parker

Pale Kings and Princes

Robert B. Parker

Taming a Seahorse

Robert B. Parker

A Catskill Eagle

Robert B. Parker

Valediction

Robert B. Parker

The Widening Gyre

Robert B. Parker

Ceremony

Robert B. Parker

A Savage Place

Robert B. Parker

Early Autumn

Robert B. Parker

Looking for Rachel Wallace

Robert B. Parker

The Judas Goat

Robert B. Parker

Promised Land

Robert B. Parker

Mortal Stakes

Robert B. Parker

God Save the Child

Robert B. Parker

The Godwulf Manuscript

Robert B. Parker

 

The Jesse Stone Series

Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

Reed Farrel Coleman

Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

Michael Brandman

Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice

Michael Brandman

Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

Michael Brandman

Split Image

Robert B. Parker

Night and Day

Robert B. Parker

Stranger in Paradise

Robert B. Parker

High Profile

Robert B. Parker

Sea Change

Robert B. Parker

Stone Cold

Robert B. Parker

Death in Paradise

Robert B. Parker

Trouble in Paradise

Robert B. Parker

Night Passage

Robert B. Parker

 

The Sunny Randall Series

Spare Change

Robert B. Parker

Blue Screen

Robert B. Parker

Melancholy Baby

Robert B. Parker

Shrink Rap

Robert B. Parker

Perish Twice

Robert B. Parker

Family Honor

Robert B. Parker

 

The Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series

Robert B. Parker's The Bridge

Robert Knott

Robert B. Parker's Bull River

Robert Knott

Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse

Robert Knott

Blue-Eyed Devil

Robert B. Parker

Brimstone

Robert B. Parker

Resolution

Robert B. Parker

Appaloosa

Robert B. Parker

 

Young Adult

Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

Robert B. Parker

The Boxer and the Spy

Robert B. Parker

Edenville Owls

Robert B. Parker

 

Other Novels

Wilderness

Robert B. Parker

Love and Glory

Robert B. Parker

Poodle Springs

Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker

Double Play

Robert B. Parker

Perchance to Dream

Robert B. Parker

All Our Yesterdays

Robert B. Parker

Gunman's Rhapsody

Robert B. Parker