Spenser Goes ‘Looking For Rachel Wallace’

Looking For Rachel Wallace

BOOK DETAIL/INFORMATION: This is the sixth Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1980.  The book’s title character Rachel Wallace would go on to be a recurring character in the Spenser universe. Preceded By: The Judas Goat Followed By: Early Autumn PLOT SUMMARY: Rachel Wallace is a lesbian feminist author who hires Spenser for a security detail.  She’s completely biased against him and his macho ways and eventually fires him.  … Continue reading

A Man Called Hawk Appears – ‘Promised Land’

Promised Land (1976)

BOOK DETAILS/INFORMATION: Promised Land is the fourth Spenser novel written by Robert B. Parker.  It was originally published in 1977.  Of particular note here is the first appearance of Hawk. Preceded By: Mortal Stakes Followed By: The Judas Goat NOTE: This review will contain spoilers. PLOT SUMMARY: Real estate magnate Harvey Shepard hires Spenser to find his wife Pam who’s gone missing.  He quickly locates her and determines that for a variety of reasons she does not … Continue reading

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