The quarantine has not been helpful for people like me who have a tough time staying sober. I used to fill my hours with work to avoid thinking of alcohol, but that’s all I had in mind ever since my company had to operate remotely. My only savior at this time is the Spenser book series I have had in my collection for years.
Who is Spenser?
Spenser, a fictional detective whose name has not been divulged, is the hero in the Spenser novels that Robert B. Parker penned. The investigator appeared primarily in the author’s 1973 debut novel, The Godwulf Manuscript, which was released by the Houghton Mifflin Company. The Spenser book series falls under the crime fiction genre.
Spenser is a former boxer, a Korean War veteran, and an ex-State Trooper who hailed from a family of carpenters in Wyoming. The beginning of the first novel revolves around the time when he has already become a private detective in Boston. In this book, Spenser had to retrieve an ancient manuscript that the culprit would only return once the university donated a hundred thousand dollars to a specific school.
Robert B. Parker’s genius shows that Spenser meticulously probes every case in the series. The result, therefore, is an award-winning crime novel series since the 70s.
The Spenser series has steadily gained recognition from various institutions. Promised Land, the fourth book, bagged the Best Novel Award from the prestigious Edgar Awards in 1977. In 1983, the seventh novel called Early Autumn won the first Falcon Award, which is the highest honor given by the Maltese Falcon Society in Japan to mystery writers.
Best Spenser Books
A fantastic sequel in the Spenser series is called God Save The Child. Its story focuses on the hero’s search for Kevin, a teenage boy who has reportedly been kidnapped but still has not gone back home even after the ransom gets paid. As it turns out, Kevin has willingly stayed with his idol bodybuilder Vic Harroway, and the abduction note is a mere ploy to force his parents to send him money. The teenager falsely believes that Harroway can never be beaten by anyone in combat, and does not leave his side even when he has seen him kill their family lawyer, deal with drugs and prostitution, and batter his folks. This is a beautiful novel as it exhibits the immense physical and mental strength of Spenser, for he not only defeated Vic Harroway but also caught the law enforcer who often covers the bodybuilder’s tracks.
The Promise Land is a great read as well since it demonstrates Spenser’s skills and humanity. He has been hired at the start of the book by a real estate company owner to search for his wife’s whereabouts. He has indeed found her, yet Spenser has decided not to divulge her location to the employer until she gives her own permission. He also wants to imprison the feminists-cum-bank robbers that she has stayed with previously for the murder that they have committed. A lot of things have to be considered for Spenser’s plans to work, and it is admirable how he has made it all happen.
Early Autumn is the name of the novel where Paul Giacomin, a young man whom Spenser values like his own son, has been introduced. When Paul’s parents do not want to do anything with him, he has taken the boy under his wing. This can be viewed as one of the best books in the Spenser book series, as it gives light to the character’s paternal side and his desire to protect the people he cares most about.
Other Books You May Like
The Elvis Cole books by Robert Crais have caught the attention of Spenser series fans, due to its strong resemblance to the latter. Elvis Cole is a private investigator and a former Ranger who handles crime and kidnapping cases. Also, readers like Harry Bosch, a series crafted by Michael Connelly in 1992. He is a Los Angeles detective who has been turned over to homicide work after years in the Robbery-Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions.