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A Good Place To Start

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The Godwulf Manuscript 2
God Save the Child 1
Mortal Stakes 1

A Bad Place To Start

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A Catskill Eagle 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Robert B. Parker

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ed_kupfer January 29th, 2006 09:52 AM PST

Parker is best known for his Spenser series of books, which has spanned more than 30 years, and about as many books. The eponymous main character was a radical departure from the brooding, angst-ridden private eyes of the generation before. Here was a confident, wise-cracking dick who rarely lost a fight, and who spent as much time pondering the ethical implications of his own actions as he did breaking some punk's nose.

As with most series, it's best to start at the beginning, but even moreso with Parker, as the quality of his work has not improved over time. The early books are all excellent starting points, but after, say, the fourth book, Parker begins to include spoilers to previous stories. Start with _Godwulf_, _God Save_, or _Mortal Stakes_.

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From http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/robertbparker/about.htm:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded the Pearl Productions, a Boston-Based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in Parker's last few novels. He and Joan now live in the Boston area.

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