The Godwulf Manuscript

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Dell Publishing Company, 1987 - Fiction - 204 pages
243 Reviews
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 surpised 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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Good read, great dialogue and narrative prose. - Goodreads
The plot is a little weak and underdeveloped. - Goodreads
Good intro to Parker's style - Goodreads
Great characters, wonderful writing & quick fun reads. - Goodreads
As to plot, the story started a bit light and annoying. - Goodreads
So was the colorful prose. - Goodreads

Review: The Godwulf Manuscript (Spenser #1)

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

7-3-2013 Re-read the same musty volume. I have since 2009 read 59 Parker books (I just counted them in my Goodreads list). This is the original Spenser and he is NOT what he ends up many books later ... Read full review

Review: The Godwulf Manuscript (Spenser #1)

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
15
Section 3
23
Section 4
32
Section 5
39
Section 6
47
Section 7
61
Section 8
72
Section 14
130
Section 15
133
Section 16
139
Section 17
147
Section 18
153
Section 19
160
Section 20
167
Section 21
172

Section 9
82
Section 10
89
Section 11
99
Section 12
108
Section 13
120
Section 22
177
Section 23
185
Section 24
192
Section 25
198
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Robert Brown Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1932. He received a B.A. from Colby College in 1954, served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and then returned to receive a M. A. in English literature from Boston University in 1957. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University in 1971. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he taught at Lowell State College, Bridgewater State College and Northwestern University. In 1971, Parker published The Godwuff Manuscript, as homage to Raymond Chandler. The character he created, Spencer, became his own detective and was featured in more than 30 novels. His Spencer character has been featured in six TV movies and the television series Spencer: For Hire that starred Robert Urich and ran from 1985 to 1988. He is also the author of the Jesse Stone series, which has been made into a series of television movies for CBS, and the Sunny Randall series. His novel Appaloosa (2005) was made into a 2008 movie directed by and starring Ed Harris. He has received numerous awards for his work including an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1977 for The Promised Land, Grand Master Edgar Award for his collective oeuvre in 2002, and the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He died of a heart attack on January 18, 2010 at the age of 77.

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