Thursday, December 31, 2015

Crossover Cover: Outlaws

A meeting about bank robberies being committed by a group of young radicals is held in the offices of Ward Keane, District Attorney of Plymouth County. The criminals are later put on trial for murder, with Special Assistant Attorney General Terry Gleason acting as prosecutor. The landlord of the Broad Street Grille is quoted in the Boston Commoner. Keane and Gleason were first mentioned in Higgins’ novel Impostors, which also features Roger Kidd from Higgins' Jerry Kennedy series. The first book in that series, Kennedy for the Defense, has a reference to Robert B. Parker's P.I. Spenser. The Boston Commoner newspaper appears in a number of Higgins’ books, including the aforementioned Impostors; the Jerry Kennedy series; Wonderful Years, Wonderful Years; Victories, a sequel to the novel Trust; and Bomber’s Law.


  1. How many characters have been tied in by Spenser?

    1. Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall, of course. Taft University in Walford, MS, where Spenser's girlfriend Dr. Susan Silverman teaches, first appeared in Parker's mainstream novel Love and Glory, and also appears in both of Parker's other series and the standalone novel The Boxer and the Spy. Win mentioned Deep Ones activity in Port City from the Spenser novel Walking Shadow in "The Vanishing Devil." John Lutz's P.I. Fred Carver mentions Spenser (though not by name) in the first book, Tropical Heat, which Win included in Volume 2, as he did David Gates' "China Blue," which has P.I. Buddy Margolies meeting an unnamed Spenser and Hawk in a bar. Creative mythographer Brad Mengel's "The Roads Not Taken," which shows Remo Williams' service in the Vietnam War, has Remo hearing a fellow soldier named Bolan recount how Spenser told him about the Sinanju during the Korean War. One of Warren Murphy's Trace novels mentions Spenser, as do two of Robert J. Randisi's Miles Jacoby books, though again neither author uses his name.