Robert B. Parker

"Hugger Mugger" read by actor Joe Mantegna.

By Robert B. Parker
October 6, 2000 3:57AM (UTC)
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Crime writer Robert B. Parker's novels featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis's comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971, books that later inspired the ABC-TV series "Spenser: For Hire." In 1999, his Spenser novel Small Vices was made into a television film for the A&E network, and his most recent national bestseller, Family Honor, will be made into a film starring Helen Hunt in the near future.

Parker's other works include the best-selling Hush Money and Poodle Springs, a novel completed from an unfinished manuscript begun by the late Raymond Chandler. Parker also went on to write Perchance to Dream, the sequel to Raymond Chandler's famous The Big Sleep.


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.

In his latest book, Hugger Mugger, Spenser returns to action once more and finds himself embroiled in a deceptively dangerous and multi-layered case: someone has been killing racehorses at stables across the south, and the Boston P.I. travels to Georgia to protect the two-year old destined to become the next Secretariat.

Hear an excerpt from Hugger Mugger (BDD Audio) read by actor Joe Mantegna.

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