Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am a little late to the game with regards to Parker and his great detective Spencer, but after hearing from many people about the series I decided to start at the beginning with this book. Spencer is a snarky, wise-cracking private detective in Boston who is called by the security department of a large university to investigate the theft of an illuminated manuscript from the university library. While investigating a possible suspect, Spencer becomes involved with a young woman who is accused of murder. Convinced the two cases are linked, Spencer peruses leads to clear the woman and the bodies start to pile up... The plot of the story was a little weak at times, but the character of Spencer was so well drawn that it made up for any weaknesses, he's definitely the template for many of today's detective heroes like Robert Crais PI Elvis Cole. Since this book was written in the early seventies so the descriptions of the student unrest and the clothes and slang of the time are quite interesting. Despite a few plot holes this was a consistently interesting story with a very compelling hero and I look forwards to reading other entries in this series.
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