The Spenser series by Robert B. Parker has always been a favorite of mine and now I am re-reading them in order. The first one is The Godwulf Manuscript. First published in 1973, this book introduces us to Spenser, tough guy, wise ass, detective, cook .... In this one, Spenser is hired to find a missing manuscript that was stolen from a college library. But that leads to investigations of drug selling, left wing cults, crazed professors ... and a few murders. There are many pleasures to the Spenser series. First, I like Parker's style of mystery: There is one plot, there are no huge conspiracies, no multi-generational sagas. Bad guys do bad things. Spenser finds them, usually after some violence, some humor and so on. Another pleasure is Spenser himself. Yes, he's big and he's strong and he's tough. But he quotes poetry, he cooks, he listens to music, he's knowledgeable about many things. He's interesting. (the review is from my blog).