American crime novelist Robert Brown Parker is most famous for a series of detective novels, which are said to have resuscitated and changed the detective genre. Parker was a well versed writer, earning a PhD in English Literature and working in the technical writing field through his career. In 1973 his first Spenser novel, The Godwulf Manuscript, was published. His success in the detective genre earned him the title“Dean of American Crime Fiction”, and the honorary title as “Grand Master of the Edgar Awards”given to him by the Mystery Writers of America in 2002.
Parker’s Surrogate, a signed limited first edition, one of only 50, sold at auction for $562.50 in 2012 by Heritage Auctions. A first edition printing of The Godwulf Manuscript published in Boston by Houghton Mifflin sold for $325.00 in 2013 through the same auction site.
Parker, Robert B. The Godwulf Manuscript. Houghton Mifflin Co, New York (1974). First 'Spenser Mystery' novel; 7500 copies printed
Parker, Robert B. Pale Kings and Princes. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1987). Limited edition of 225 numbered signed copies
Etchison, Dennis (editor). Lord John Ten. Lord John Press, Northridge, CA (1988). A Celebration; limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by all contributing authors: Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond Carver, James Crumley, Jack Dann, Dennis Etchison, William Everson, Gerald R. Ford, Bruce Francis, Stan Freberg, Tess Gallagher, Jim Harrison, Roberta Lannes, Patrick W. Magee, Barry N. Malzberg, William F. Nolan, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert B. Parker, Bronwyn G. Pughe, James Purdy, Whitley Strieber, John Updike, Diane Wakoski, Derek Walcott, Lorri Ziegler