Robert B. Parker

The Spenser series.  Spenser is a former Massachusetts state trooper who is now a private detective living in Boston (where the author also lived).  His first name is never mentioned.  He is a tough guy with an irreverent, wise-cracking way of speaking to most people.  He is not married, but has a long-term, committed relationship with Susan Silverman, a Harvard-trained psychologist.  He is often accompanied by his friend, Hawk.

A TV show, Spencer for Hire, starring Robert Urich as Spenser and Avery Brooks as Hawk, appeared on ABC from 1985-1988.  A few movies also were made, with Joe Montegna as Spenser:
Spenser: Small Vices (1999)
Thin Air (2000)
Walking Shadow (2001)

In 2020, Netflix released Spenser Confidential, an original movie starring Mark Wahlberg as Spenser.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenser_(character)

Publication Order of Spenser Books
1. The Godwulf Manuscript (1973) 
2. God Save the Child (1974) 
3. Mortal Stakes (1975)
4. Promised Land (1976)
5. The Judas Goat (1978)
6. Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980) 
7. Early Autumn (1980) 
8. A Savage Place (1981) 
9. Ceremony (1982) 
10. The Widening Gyre (1983) 
11. Valediction (1984) 
12. A Catskill Eagle (1985) 
13. Taming a Sea-Horse (1986) 
14. Pale Kings and Princes (1987) 
15. Crimson Joy (1988) 
16. Playmates(1989) 
17. Stardust (1990) 
18. Pastime (1991) 
19. Double Deuce  (1992) 
20. Paper Doll (1993) 
21. Walking Shadow (1994) 
22. Thin Air (1995) 
23. Chance (1996) 
24. Small Vices (1997)  
25. Sudden Mischief (1998)  
26. Hush Money (1999)  
27. Hugger Mugger (2000)  
28. Potshot (2001)  
29. Widow’s Walk (2002)  
30. Back Story (2003)  
31. Bad Business (2004)  
32. Cold Service (2005)  
33. School Days (2005)                   
34. Hundred-Dollar Baby (2005)  
35. Now and Then (2007)  
36. Rough Weather (2008)
37. Chasing the Bear (2009)  
38. The Professional (2009)  
39. Painted Ladies (2010)  
40. Sixkill (2011)

After Parker’s death in 2010, Ace Atkins was selected by Parker’s estate to continue the series.  Silent Night was unfinished at the time of his death and was completed by Helen Brann, his long-term literary agent.

41. Lullaby (2012)
42. Wonderland (2013)  
43. Silent Night  (2013)
44. Cheap Shot (2014)
45. Kickback (2015)  
46. Slow Burn (2016)  
47. Little White Lies (2017)  
48. Old Black Magic (2018)
49. Angel Eyes (2019)

Jesse Stone Series.  Stone is the police chief of a small town, Paradise, Massachusetts, who struggles with alcohol addiction.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Stone_(character)

Publication Order of Jesse Stone books
1. Night Passage (1997)
2. Trouble in Paradise (1998)
3. Death in Paradise (2001)
4. Stone Cold (2003)
5. High Profile (2007)
6. Sea Change (2006) 
7. Stranger In Paradise (2008) 
8. Night and Day (2009) 
9. Split Image  (2010)

After Parker’s death, the series was continued by Michael Brandman.
10. Killing the Blues (2011) 
11. Fool Me Twice (2012) 
12. Damned If You Do (2013) 

Reed Farrel Coleman next took over writing of the series:
13. Blind Spot (2014) 
14. The Devil Wins (2015) 
15. Debt to Pay (2016)
16. The Hangman’s Sonnet (2017) 
17. Color Blind (2018)
18. The Bitterest Pill (2019)

Nine TV movies were made with Tom Selleck playing Stone.

The Sunny Randall series.  Randall is sort of a female version of Spenser.
http://www.thrillingdetective.com/sunny_r.html

Publication Order of Sunny Randall Books
1. Family Honor (1999) 
2. Perish Twice (2000) 
3. Shrink Rap (2002) 
4. Melancholy Baby (2004) 
5. Blue Screen (2006) 
6. Spare Change (2007) 

The Cole & Hitch series.  Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are featured in 4 western stories.  They are itinerant lawmen, hired by towns that need their help.

Publication Order of Cole & Hitch Books
1. Appaloosa (2005)
2. Resolution (2008)
3. Brimstone (2009)
4. Blue-Eyed Devil (2010)

The series was continued by Robert Knott.
5. Ironhorse (2013)
6. Bull River (2014)
7. The Bridge (2014)
8. Blackjack (2016)
9. Revelation (2017)
10. Buckskin (2019)

Appaloosa was made into a 2008 movie starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen.

Publication Order of Philip Marlowe Books
1. Poodle Springs (1989)
2. Perchance to Dream (1991) 

Publication Order of Standalone Novels
1. Wilderness (1979) 
2. Love and Glory (1983) 
3. All Our Yesterdays (1994) 
4. Gunman’s Rhapsody (2001) 
5. Double Play (2004) 
6. Edenville Owls (2007) 
7. The Boxer and the Spy (2008) 


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