The first in the series featuring private detective Spenser sees Spenser hired to return a stolen fourteenth-century manuscript to its rightful owners, an investigation that soon leads him into a complex web of murder, radical politics, adultery, drugs and organised crime.
Robert B. Parker is world-renowned as an internationally bestselling author. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He began writing his Spenser novels while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University in 1971. In 1997 he won an Edgar for Best Novel for Promised Land, and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2002. He passed away in January 2010.
Michael Brandman is uniquely qualified to carry the Jesse Stone series into the future. An award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, he collaborated with Robert B. Parker on more than a dozen of them. Brandman produced three Parker-written Spenser films for A&E, and their collaboration continued with the Jesse Stone TV movies currently being broadcast on CBS.