Small Vices

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Small Vices
First edition
Author Robert B. Parker
Country United States
Language English
Series Spenser
Genre Detective novel
Publisher Putnam
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 308 pp
ISBN 0-399-14244-4
Preceded by Chance
Followed by Sudden Mischief

Small Vices is the 24th Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker. The story follows Boston-based PI Spenser as he tries to solve the murder of a college student.


Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

From Boston's back streets to Manhattan's elite, Spenser and Hawk search for suspects, including Melissa's rich-kid, tennis-star boyfriend. But when a man with a .22 puts Spenser in a coma, the hope for justice may die with him...[1]

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Spenser
  • Dr. Susan Silverman, Ph.D
  • Hawk
  • Lee Farrell
  • Martin Quirk
  • Frank Belson
  • Vinnie Morris
  • Gino Fish
  • Paul Giacomin
  • Henry Cimoli
  • Rita Fiori
  • Ives
  • Patricia Utley
  • Pearl the Wonder Dog
  • Healy
  • Rugar

In other media[edit]

Main article: Spenser (TV movies)

Spenser: Small Vices, is a made for TV movie starring Joe Mantegna as the character Spenser from the book series, as well as the main character of the television show Spenser: For Hire.[2]

Mantegna subsequently reprised the role in Spenser: Thin Air and Spenser: Walking Shadow.


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