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Paper Doll is the 20th Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker. The story follows the Boston-based PI Spenser as he tries to solve the apparently random killing of the well-regarded wife of a local businessman.

Paper Doll
First edition
AuthorRobert B. Parker
CountryUnited States
GenreDetective fiction
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages223 pp
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3566.A686 P33 1993
Preceded byDouble Deuce 
Followed byWalking Shadow 


The novel's hero is Spenser, a private investigator in Boston. Spenser, who served as an infantryman in the 1st Infantry Division during the Korean War[1] and as a former State trooper, is hired by Boston aristocrat Loudon Tripp to investigate his wife's murder, and Spenser soon uncovers uper class scandals and a corpse who might not be dead after all.

Recurring charactersEdit

  • Spenser
  • Hawk
  • Dr. Susan Silverman, Ph.D
  • Lt. Martin Quirk, Boston Police Department
  • Sgt. Frank Belson, Boston Police Department
  • Detective Lee Farrell
  • Wayne Cosgrove
  • Henry Cimoli

Mentioned but not seen

  • Paul Giacomin
  • Vinnie Morris


  1. ^ Robert B. Parker, Paper Doll, G.P. Putnam & Son, 1993, page 1: "You fought in Korea. Were you an officer?".