The Godwulf Manuscript (Spenser Series #1)

The Godwulf Manuscript (Spenser Series #1)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307569561
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Series:
Spenser Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
18,405
File size:
2 MB

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The Godwulf Manuscript (Spenser Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Dazzle27 More than 1 year ago
Parker's "Spencer" is one of my favorite series of all times. You must read this first book in order to fully enjoy how each character came to be throughout the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most first attempts are a tad awkward and Robert Parker's GODWULF MANUSCRIPT is no exception. However, this book is actually quite excellent, our hero just isn't developed yet. There is no Hawk (his sometime sidekick) and we haven't met Susan yet. What makes the rest of the series so incredible is that we know Spenser already and now it's just a matter of seeing what happens next. Don't be skeptical. This is where it all began; a series that has so far produced about thirty novels, movies, and a TV series. These aren't 'whodunnits' in the classical sense where the guilty person could be one of several characters. The excitement of the books is finding out what Spenser will do next. The reader often knows who did it from the beginning. It's just a matter of watching Spenser do his job. Once you read one Spenser novel you'll be addicted, so you might as well start here and begin the journey. Not only are they quick reads, you'll never want to put them down. Trust me.
Bobby89 More than 1 year ago
I highly encourage you to start at the beginning and enjoy the SPENSER book series. The entire series can be read individually but I would start at the beginning. The late Robert Parker has such a feel for the Boston area and using that for great mysteries. Spenser is a private eye, that was a former police officer, and helping those who need the help the most is his thing. Book one does not have the main characters you will see later on in the series (Susan and Hawk) but I think that is why I started back at the beginning again after reading the entire series over the last decade.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
First in the Spenser series - funny how the genre has changed over the years. How often do we find 200 page novels these days? Mysteries/thrillers these days are much longer and involve all types of protagonists - cops, detectives, agents, ex-military cops, etc. Spenser? Stereo-typical private eye, but Parker does it right. While short in length, this was a solid introduction to Spenser and a couple of the recurring characters. The rating is three stars, but it probably is more like 3.5 or 3.75. Just not enough there to get it to a four star level. I am doing more and more "series" reading from the beginning (Camel Club, Jack Reacher, Lucas Davenport, Harry Bosch, etc.) and I'm glad I started the Spenser series. This first outing leaves me wanting more - so I'm jumping right into book #2, God Save the Child.
overkill570 More than 1 year ago
Early Parker was the best. If you've never read the early stuff start here you won't go wrong.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A charming, if predictable, detective story. Nicely thought out, with a few twists and incongruous characters. Good read for a rainy weekend.
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BabetteCT More than 1 year ago
Before Hawk, when Susan Silverman was new on the scene, set in 1970's Boston -- A great read of the beginning of the Spenser series.
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I had read all of the Jesse Stone novels, even the newer ones not by Parker (they're missing the master's touch), so I thought I'd try the Spenser ones. I didn't care for the main character, as sacrilegious as that sounds, so I didn't enjoy the book.
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Not a bad entry into detective stories for someone that hasn't had much experience with them. I went in blind, so I was a bit unprepaired for how heavily dated the book feels. It wasn't too distracting. There were just moments where I wasn't catching the reference or I had to look up what a term I was unfamiliar with meant. What I really liked the bits of business that helped develop the main character. I'm not a huge fan of stories where the action gets paused for several pages to give descriptions I think it works here because it helps to establish the character's attention to detail. Like someone taking stock of all the important notes they would want to remember if they needed to provide that information to a police officer later. Also there was some nice showing and not telling of the main character's off hours hobbies. I'm undecided on if I'll come back to this series. There wasn't anything here that really put me off of it. It's just that it's not in my usual wheelhouse
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