The Godwulf Manuscript

by Robert Parker | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0440129613 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kiptrix of Summerville, South Carolina USA on 9/11/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Monday, September 11, 2006
Purchased used, to read and release. An old paperback in decent condition.

The very first Spenser novel. No Hawk or Susan; the only familiar names are two policemen, Lt. Quirk and Sgt. Belson. A good story about a manuscript stolen from a college, a student being framed for a murder, and a professor whom you wouldn't want teaching your child. Good start to the series.

Journal Entry 2 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Saturday, September 30, 2006
This book is now on its way to BCer Kinedi, who had it on her wish list. Hope you enjoy it, and have a great trip!

Journal Entry 3 by kinedi from Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, October 08, 2006
Oh wow. Had no idea it was THE FIRST Spenser novel !! Am even more impressed and eer so indebted to another bookcrossers kindness.Picked this up at my friend's house in Nova Scotia, Canada so the book has travelled even further. Thanks kiptrix !!

Journal Entry 4 by kinedi from Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
What a rare treat to read an early Spenser novel ! Written in 1973, Spenser is 37, single, sexually (very) open minded, dresses neatly, cooks up a treat and already a wise ass :o) Not much will change over the next 30 years which is probably why reading a Spenser novel feels like visiting an old friend. I did miss Hawk and Susan though but it was great to have Quirk and Belson in the novel and to see how their relationship started out. Fantastic treat ! Thanks ever soooo much !

Journal Entry 5 by Triggerfish from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 09, 2008
thanks Kinedi,I'm looking forward to reading first in the series!

Journal Entry 6 by Triggerfish from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, February 07, 2008
This was such fun, very enjoyable. I was at university myself in 1973, so I enjoyed the descriptions of the students' clothes. Great to have read the first book in this long running series.

Journal Entry 7 by kinedi from Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Thursday, March 13, 2008
Left over at Meet Up last night so have taken Spenser back home with me and will wild release him .

Journal Entry 8 by kinedi at Biblos, Chambers Street in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (7/14/2013 UTC) at Biblos, Chambers Street in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 9 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, September 06, 2013
I caught this at the September meet up. Very excited to see it is the first Spenser novel!

Journal Entry 10 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, September 08, 2013
Like the previous readers I really liked this introduction to Spenser. Has made me want to re-read them as I've not worked my way through the series in order before. First Robert B Parker I've read in AGES so a return visit is long overdue!

Journal Entry 11 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, September 14, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (9/14/2013 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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And off it goes to rainbow3 who also likes the occasional crime novel. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 12 by wingrainbow3wing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
bookfrogster what a treat, Robert B. Parker’s The Godwulf Manuscript arrived Tuesday thanks for posting it, quite understand that life is pretty busy for you at the moment I appreciate getting this. It was the late eighties, or maybe mid-eighties, when I first stumbled across Robert B. Parker, and I still have fond memories of his writing so am sure I will enjoy this, Spenser’s first outing.
Cheers rainbow3

Journal Entry 13 by wingrainbow3wing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 16, 2014
An extremely enjoyable read and these praise quotes garnered from the book blurb are so easy to agree with. “They just don’t make private eyes tougher or funnier. The dialogue sparkles, [there’s] plenty of action and expert writing. [Spenser’s] unexpectedly literate… spiked with a touch of real class [and] in many respects the very exemplar of the species….”

Tiny, tiny bells rang in my memory and on finishing this I knew I had read this previously, I assumed in the 1980s. Checking now on BookCrossing I find I released a copy of this in 2006 gosh! - http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3364286 - Well, that was obviously long enough ago that the mystery was fresh for me. Grand fun, many thanks to the previous BookCrossers for making this available especially in the latest instance, bookfrogster.
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Cover: “The toughest, funniest, wisest private eye in the field these days.” – THE HOUSTON POST
“The sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye around today… The legitimate heir to the Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald tradition.” - THE CINCINNATI POST

Spencer had earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he was ready when a Boston university hired him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript, and hardly surprised that his only clue was a radical student with four bullets in his chest.

The cops were ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints were all over the murder weapon, but Spenser wasn’t there for easy answers. The lovely lady offered a cram course in campus love – but first there was the question of who had splashed blood on the ivory tower, some very heavy-hitting homework, and the grim possibility that, if he didn’t finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked D-for dead.

“Spenser is Boston’s answer to James Bond. With a little Sam Spade and Nero Wolfe thrown in…irreverent, witty, worldly…his first-person recital of his detective work makes for fast, amusing reading.” – THE PITTSBURGH PRESS

THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT by ROBERT B. PARKER (1973) ISBN: 0-440-12961-3 (US PB) Publisher: A Seymour Lawrence Book, Dell Publishing Co. New York

Journal Entry 14 by wingrainbow3wing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (1/16/2014 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Excited to be passing this onto two readers who are as far as I understand unaware of Robert B. Parker’s, Spenser. I’m almost envious to imagine how much fun discovering Spenser, the wisecracking, tough and decisive hero, for the first time would be. No mention this early in the series of the sublime, Spenser fascinator, Susan Silverman nor Spenser’s formidable back-up, Hawk, Mr tall-dark-and-silently-lethal. They are too look forward to encountering if this first in the series appeals - HAPPY READING!

PS Also included some brilliant “Not to be opened until the 25th of December” tape, good for future BookCrossing adventures! YEAH!
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ADDED Sun 26 Jan 2014: delayed posting so I could finish reading and pop into this parcel, EMIL AND KARL by YANKEV GLATSHTEYN, another book I promised to send you Flutterbies9, cheers rainbow3.

POST OFFICE: St James Post Office, St James Centre, Edinburgh. Lothian EH1 3SR
Date & Time: Sat 25 Jan 14:13 Session ID: 5-551175 Txn Id: 25 Dest: UK Quantity: 1 2nd Class postage.

Journal Entry 15 by Flutterbies9 at Meare, Somerset United Kingdom on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Received Wednesday 29th Jan. Many thanks for this book rainbow3. As you rightly say, I've not actually read any Robert Parker before so with such good reviews for the first in series I'm fascinated to see what it is like. I have a sneaking suspicion this may not be on tbr too long but I must read my Book Club book as we meet in eight days or so and I've not started it yet!
Thanks also for the other book and the super tape, I think it looks great though it will have to await the correct occasion now so it is off to join the rest of the tape I have stored.

Journal Entry 16 by Flutterbies9 at Meare, Somerset United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Well, it was about time that I got around to this book! It just descended tbr as others were piled on top of it when they came in. Sorry.
For an older book (1984 edition) it is still in remarkably good condition although a little 'yellowed' now and has a brilliant 'old fashioned' cover (not that illustrated above).

So glad I finally read this. I will have to follow it up and read more of Robert B Parker's Spenser. It was a product of its time as far as the fashions went (and I recall them too as they were part of my youth also!) but was ushering in a rash of "irreverent, witty, worldly" and world weary American detective novels which it did ably.

I'll check with TC but as this has been on my pile for a while now, if he read it, it was so long ago that he will have forgotten all about it to review.

I've no specific plans for this but will check wishlists.


Released 2 yrs ago (3/4/2017 UTC) at A Book box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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More than time that this moved on to an appreciative audience.
Joining a crime mystery bookbox on its journey.

Happy travels little book.

Journal Entry 18 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, May 26, 2017
Taken from Flutterbies9's Crime Bookbox.

I've never read any of this series & the first one is a good place to start. I visited Boston last year so it will be interesting to see if I recognise anywhere, although things have probably changed in the 30+ years since the book was written!

Journal Entry 19 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 10, 2017
Never read any Spenser before & book No. 1 seemed like a good place to start. This was a good read with a lead character that I liked - I enjoyed his attitude & wise cracks. Written in the early 70's parts of the story seemed very dated with some of the comments being what would now be classed as very un-P.C. ...& an awful lot of drink driving going on! How times have changed ;o)

I had intended to release this as part of the September Sapphire Challenge (it's stickered up ready to go!) but seeing the amount of journallers it's had, I hate to think of it not being heard from again so will probably add to a bookbox at some point :o)


Journal Entry 20 by wingPlum-crazywing at Bookbox, by mail -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 06, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (11/6/2017 UTC) at Bookbox, by mail -- Controlled Releases

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Added to Nataliec7's "What the Reviewers Said" Bookbox.

Released as part of the NOVEMBER "THE" CHALLENGE (#3)

Journal Entry 21 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 20, 2019
I hadn't heard of this book or author but it sounds interesting.

Journal Entry 22 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 25, 2019
Spenser is new to me but I quite like him and his witty remarks. Some things I found uncomfortable like comments about gay people and the drinking and driving. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

Journal Entry 23 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 08, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (9/9/2019 UTC) at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom

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