A Catskill Eagle

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A Catskill Eagle
First edition
Author Robert B. Parker
Language English
Series Spenser
Genre Detective fiction
Publisher Delacorte Press/Dell
Publication date
May 1, 1985
Media type Hardcover, paperback
Pages 311, 384
ISBN 0-385-29385-2
OCLC 11574237
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3566.A686 C3 1985
Preceded by Valediction
Followed by Taming a Sea Horse

A Catskill Eagle is the 12th Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, first published in 1985. The title comes from a quote from Herman Melville.


Spenser receives a letter from his lover, Susan Silverman, who has relocated to the West Coast. His friend and associate, Hawk, is in jail and she needs help.

Storyline summary[edit]

Susan Silverman, in an effort to discover her own identity, has moved to the West Coast. There she engages a relationship with a wealthy heir, Russell Costigan. The story begins with her letter.

Spenser flies to San Francisco, California after making preparations to break Hawk out of jail using a gun hidden in the bottom of a fake leg cast. Spenser and Hawk then have to deal with a man rich enough to do anything he wants, legal or not. Spenser and Hawk follow Russell's trail across the country in an attempt to locate Susan and reunite her with Spenser. The book climaxes with a deadly encounter deep in an underground shelter between Spenser and the Costigans.


Several characters from previous books make an appearance in A Catskill Eagle.

  • Spenser: Boston private investigator
  • Hawk
  • Susan Silverman
  • Russell Costigan
  • Jerry Costigan
  • Grace Costigan
  • Henry Cimoli
  • Paul Giacomin (first seen in "Early Autumn")
  • Rachel Wallace (from "Looking for Rachel Wallace")
  • Lt. Martin Quirk, Boston PD
  • Sgt. Frank Belson, Boston PD
  • Hugh Dixon, a wealthy previous client (from The Judas Goat)