The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker


MysteryThe Godwulf manuscript The Godwulf ManuscriptRobert B. Parker; Houghton Mifflin Co. 1973WorldCat This novel introduces Spenser, Robert B. Parker’s private investigator that sparked the television show in the 80’s. Spenser is a smart mouth, but usually not rude, ex-boxer, but not pugilish unless needed, determined person. He stays with a job or a cause until he feels it is done.

A Boston university hires Spenser because a rare English document, The Godwulf Manuscript, has been stolen. They want him to recover it. As he begins his investigation, a student is killed in what appears to be a mob hit and his girlfriend is framed. The girlfriend’s rich father also hires him to find the truth.

Spenser starts stepping on toes. Even once the manuscript is anonymously returned, he does not drop the investigation. There is still the college girl framed for murder that bothers him. He needs to discover the complete story.

The Godwulf Manuscript is Robert B. Parker’s first Spenser novel, and introduces a gumshoe we tend to expect. Spenser is determined, a annoyance to police, the mob, and his employes, and gets the job done. He is a womanizer and a drinker, but does not let either deter him from discovering the truth he is hired to find.

The Godwulf Manuscript had a secondary appeal to me because of its time frame. It was published in the early 1970’s, and is about university campus life at the time. Spenser has to deal with revolutionary groups, the drugs of the time, the standards of the times, and the lingo of the times. I remember much of the era and was able to both identify with and laugh at the college scene as well.

More books by Robert B. Parker
Spenser series at Stop! You’re Killing Me!

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