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Old 12-05-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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After Spenser, what?

I've read Parker's Spenser series. Which of his other books or series would you recommend next?
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I liked the Jesse Stone Series.
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Lee Child books on "Jack Reacher" (don't be turned off the movies, if you have been. the books overall are much better and very enjoyable.
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I liked the Jesse Stone Series.
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Sounds good, thanks. I'll check them out.
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Lee Child books on "Jack Reacher" (don't be turned off the movies, if you have been. the books overall are much better and very enjoyable.
Thanks, but looking for more Parker.
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There is also his western series Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.
And he finished Raymond Chandler's eighth Philip Marlowe book Poodle Springs.
And he wrote a sequel to the first Phillip Marlowe book The Big Sleep, Perchance to Dream.
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There is also his western series Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.
And he finished Raymond Chandler's eighth Philip Marlowe book Poodle Springs.
And he wrote a sequel to the first Phillip Marlowe book The Big Sleep, Perchance to Dream.
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I might be interested in those Marlowes. Probably not the westerns. The list is growing.-)
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I've also read Parker's Spenser series. I didn't care for the Jesse Stone Series. I had doubts about western fiction but the Cole series was enjoyable.
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I've also read Parker's Spenser series. I didn't care for the Jesse Stone Series. I had doubts about western fiction but the Cole series was enjoyable.
Aha! A conflicting clue.

Did you read any of the Spensers published after Parker's death?
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Aha! A conflicting clue.

Did you read any of the Spensers published after Parker's death?
No, I haven't. Parker's particular appeal for me was his ruminations on masculinity. I doubt that the follow up authors can successfully pull on that thread. After 40 novels, I've been content to let the series end.
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No, I haven't. Parker's particular appeal for me was his ruminations on masculinity. I doubt that the follow up authors can successfully pull on that thread. After 40 novels, I've been content to let the series end.
I read the one that was finished by his agent, and it was okay. The ending might have been a little more sentimental, but okay. Then I read one that was written by someone else, and I thought it didn't measure up. Didn't quite get his voice right. Also longer than he'd have written it.
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Finished the first Jesse Stone novel -- Night Passage -- and found it to be okay. Heavy on the set up, and a bit obvious that it was setting up a series rather than this novel, but okay. I find it interesting that Stone is meeting some of the characters from the Spenser series.
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There is also the Sunny Randall series (6 in total, starting with Family Honor). Sunny is a Boston P.I. and is pretty much a female Spenser, and they are set in the same universe. I enjoyed them, though nothing can match up to Spenser.

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PS - although I understand you are after Parker stuff, I would give the Jack Reacher books some serious consideration. It's the only post-Parker series that has given me a similar sense of anticipation waiting for the new books to arrive.
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There is also the Sunny Randall series (6 in total, starting with Family Honor). Sunny is a Boston P.I. and is pretty much a female Spenser, and are set in the same universe. I enjoyed them, though nothing can match up to Spenser.
I've explored Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall. I had fun finding characters from the Spenser books in there.
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