Looking for Rachel Wallace

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Looking for Rachel Wallace
First edition
Author Robert B. Parker
Country United States
Language English
Series Spenser
Genre Detective fiction
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
Media type print
Pages 219
ISBN 0-440-04764-1
OCLC 5412051
LC Class PZ4.P244 Lo PS3566.A686
Preceded by The Judas Goat
Followed by Early Autumn

Looking for Rachel Wallace is the sixth Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, first published in 1980.

Plot summary[edit]

Spenser is hired to protect a lesbian, feminist activist, the eponymous Rachel Wallace. Spenser defends her more vigorously than she would like and she fires him. Shortly afterwards, she is kidnapped and the police have almost nothing to go on. Though no longer officially employed to protect her, Spenser feels duty-bound to find her because he could have protected her if he had followed her orders and held onto the job.

His investigation leads him to an organization that is fiercely anti-communist, anti-gay, and loosely affiliated with the local Ku Klux Klan. Spenser gets free rein to operate because the police know that he can be more persuasive than they can in finding Rachel. A snowstorm paralyzes Boston and Spenser has to go on foot if he wants to get to Rachel Wallace before they kill her.


  • Spenser: Boston private investigator
  • Rachel Wallace
  • Susan Silverman
  • Julie Wells (Rachel Wallace's lover)
  • Lawrence English
  • Martin Quirk
  • Frank Belson
  • Mingo Mulready