A Baseball Book That’s Not About Baseball – ‘Mortal Stakes’

Mortal Stakes (1975)

BOOK DETAIL/INFORMATION: Mortal Stakes is the third Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1975.  Recurring character Patricia Utley makes her first appearance in this book. Preceded By: God Save the Child Followed By: Promised Land PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is back at it and has been hired by the Boston Red Sox to determine if their best pitcher (Marty Rabb) is throwing games… throwing them to the mob.  Along the … Continue reading

‘God Save The Child’ – The Second Spenser

God Save The Child (1974)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: God Save The Child is the second Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1974.  Of particular note here is the first appearance of Spenser’s love interest Susan Silverman. Preceded By: The Godwulf Manuscript Followed By: Mortal Stakes PLOT SUMMARY: Spenser is hired by the Bartlett family to find their son Kevin that has gone missing.  They aren’t sure if Kevin has been kidnapped or has run away … Continue reading

‘The Godwulf Manuscript’ – The Original Spenser

The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: The Godwulf Manuscript is the first Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1973.  Many know this character from the Spenser: For Hire television series in the 80’s where Spenser was played by Robert Urich. Followed by: God Save The Child PLOT SUMMARY: Set in the early 1970s, this novel serves as the introduction to Spenser, a private investigator in Boston.  Spenser is hired by a university to … Continue reading