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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spenser Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780307705075
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For Spenser, no case is ever straightforward. In this first book to feature that most unorthodox of private detectives, he gets tangled up in organized crime, dope-pushing, theft, radical politics, adultery, and murder.

Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest.

The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon, but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn’t finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked “D”—for dead.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chap | 2/10/2017

    " I am a big Spenser fan which led my to pick up this book...The Godwulf Manuscript. This is the first book which has Spenser as the protagonist. To be frank, the book was good but the later books are better. Spenser develops into a smart yet tough private eye. In particular, Joe mantegna reads the later books and that, my friend, is a great combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/13/2014

    " I wanted to start at the beginning of the series. Spenser for Hire was based on this book series. I thought it was a good read, but didn't connect with the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Mallory | 1/15/2014

    " That was fun. Spenser is a major wise cracker. This was Parker's first Spenser book and it was a lot closer to Humphrey Bogart in a Raymond Chandler novel than the Robert Urich TV series. I missed Hawk and Susan, but all the humor, action, and suspense were all there. As was the Boston/Cambridge area- makes me want to visit to see everywhere it took place. An added plus, was what a great job Parker did of making the times come alive. It really felt like 1973. That reminded me of the short-lived ABC show "Life on Mars" with Jason O'Mara and Harvey Keitel a year or two ago. It's a shame Parker recently passed away, good thing he wrote more than 30 Spenser books. This is the first one in the series, and only the second I've read and I am hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 1/10/2014

    " I love the Spenser series. I read this when it first came out and fell in love with him. Over the years I read them all and loved every one of them. If you have a problem Spenser's the guy that can help you. I love the way Robert Parker wrote the books. Like he talking right to you. I love Spenser's smart mouth. He always had a great come-back. I'm going to miss him a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/24/2013

    " the 1st Spenser novel; the series never gets old, as the hero gets a girlfriend, susan Silverman, and the ongoing relationship, right up through the rest of the series becomes seriously complex. the mysteries are always good, the evil rich guys always get their comeuppence, for detective novels these are as good as it gets, even better than the grand poobah himself, raymond chandler "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/23/2013

    " A fun homage and (for its time) updating of the classic hard-boiled PI. I probably won't go out and read the whole series (though it makes me want to read more Hammett and Chandler), but I'm glad to have gotten to know Spenser a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 12/16/2013

    " Spencer is a badass. Quick read, more spencer novels lined up... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merri Hawkins | 12/12/2013

    " Parker writes crime novels with all different kinds of spins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Jordan | 12/7/2013

    " The first of Parker's books about his Boston detective, Spenser, and one of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sc | 11/27/2013

    " Full of cliches and charicatures but rattles along at a good pace and is very enjoyable in a brain-candy sort of way. I might even read another at some point. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 11/23/2013

    " 1 and a half. Sorry to all the Spenser fans who may read this, but BLAAAAAH! Not to my taste at all! Too cocky and smart-alecky for me! It also was dated in a way that didn't bring on nostalgia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Weimer | 5/29/2013

    " Spencer is my kind of guy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaine | 9/27/2012

    " After the main character takes advantage of the daughter of a client of his, I had had enough. Didn't finish reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 10/27/2011

    " four stars for being an engaging mystery. the fifth star is for Spenser's wittily knowing but unpretentious references to an episode from Huck Finn, Frost's "Birches" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and a debated point of Hamlet scholarship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 7/13/2011

    " What can you say..... It's Spencer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/28/2011

    " First book in a private detective series that is a little dated, but an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 5/9/2011

    " Listened to it--horrible narrator! Had to get from library to finish. Good story--LOVE Spenser mysteries! :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/18/2011

    " Pretty good book. It was fun to read a book that was written in the 70s, rather than one that attempts to reach back to 70s from today. Good mystery. I can see why the series lasted so long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catharine | 3/3/2011

    " Good, not my favorite of his but anything he writes is worth reading...this is my second time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/16/2011

    " Everything I could have hoped for and more. Now I know why the character was so popular and I'll never have to go back to living in a world without that knowledge. If you think you have even a slight interest in the material, do yourself a favor and give in to Spencer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenreadsyahoo.com | 1/25/2011

    " I'm glad I have a whole backlist of Spenser to catch up on. They'll be great for a reading slump. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/20/2011

    " I read Robert Parker as much for his style as his content. Though this is an early book when his style hasn't matured yet, I still got enough of it to enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyn | 1/11/2011

    " Surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Definitely will continue, at some point, wit the Spenser serie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/9/2011

    " This was his first Spenser novel and it shows. His writing has matured quite a lot since he wrote this one. I have read many of his Spenser novels and like them. This one was good for a first one, though. "

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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.
About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.