The Godwulf Manuscript

The Godwulf Manuscript

Spenser Series, Book 1

eBook - 2009
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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.From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 2009
ISBN: 9780307569561

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JLHCKY
Oct 16, 2017

The first Spenser novel, it's from 1973, and one can see why it was the first in a successful and lengthy series. Non-stop action, wit and sarcasm, the mob, and an interesting dab of sex - that's a formula for longevity. Our P.I. takes on a case of a missing medieval manuscript which becomes murder by Chapter 3. The author gets right to it and throws in complications to follow. In Spenser's effort to help the young lady falsely accused, he encounters the 1970s underground, left-wing movement. Memories, memories.

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Dreamstime
Nov 09, 2016

I flew through this exciting novel. I am looking forward to more of P.I. Spenser's adventures. The story concludes with terrific action. Wow! Great book.

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7626dee
Apr 28, 2016

1st Spenser and the hero is not too likable in Parkers first try. To wise-ass, too full of himself and way too randy-Mom and daughter in two days -my oh my. Parker and Spenser would both mature nicely but I'm always glad this was not the first Spenser I ever read. Story line and character establishment is very good and you can see there was a long term plan for the character. Need to read this to appreciate how an author grows with time.

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loudem
Dec 31, 2014

Parker's first Spenser novel. Well constructed and easy going. It establishes Spencer as a no nonsense P. I. Sometime his personae is just a tad over the limit. You can't make up your mind to love him or hate his guts.

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Jan 29, 2014

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Cearasdaddy
Oct 21, 2013

I was put onto this series by my favorite librarian at the Bellingham library and I couldn't stop laughing. This start to a phenomenal series had me comparing Spenser to House. While this series of books turned into a loosely close to TV series and a few full length movies I find the books so much more entertaining. Spenser is a joy to follow and anyone who enjoys a "smartalec" will absolutely be addicted to this series of books.

JCLHopeH May 31, 2013

This, the first book in the long-running Spenser series, was my introduction to Robert B. Parker’s work, and I found it to be a fun and easy read. Perhaps a bit over confident, private detective Spenser nonetheless has the right combination of machismo, humor, and luck to weasel himself into and out of some sticky situations and get answers. He’s smart with a rough-edged style that makes him persuasive, and it seems to be a recipe for attracting the ladies, too! At times the storyline was a bit far-fetched but still entertaining. Written and set in the 1970s, this mystery is still relevant to today’s readers, and it’s definitely worth a try.

JCLHopeH May 31, 2013

This, the first book in the long-running Spenser series, was my introduction to Robert B. Parker’s work, and I found it to be a fun and easy read. Perhaps a bit over confident, private detective Spenser nonetheless has the right combination of machismo, humor, and luck to weasel himself into and out of some sticky situations and get answers. He’s smart with a rough-edged style that makes him persuasive, and it seems to be a recipe for attracting the ladies, too! At times the storyline was a bit far-fetched but still entertaining. Written and set in the 1970s, this mystery is still relevant to today’s readers, and it’s definitely worth a try.

libraryfamily_1 Jul 10, 2012

The first of Parker's "Spenser" novels is funny and interesting enough to make a reader want to continue on with the series which lasted several decades. A really funny PI not just the usual sarcastic remarks.

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