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Joe Mantegna portrayed Robert B. Parker's detective "Spenser" in three TV movies on the A&E cable network between 1999 and 2001.

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Joe Mantegna as Spenser and Marcia Gay Harden as Susan
Created byRobert B. Parker
StarringJoe Mantegna
Marcia Gay Harden
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3 TV movies



Robert B. Parker had a significant role in the development of these TV movies (all three movies were adapted by Parker, with his wife co-authoring Walking Shadow) as opposed to the earlier Spenser: For Hire. Nonetheless, he felt that the movies didn't get it right, not because of the performances but because of the limited budget.</ref> Parker had a small role in the first movie, and cameos in the later two movies. His son, Daniel, and wife, Joan, appear in Thin Air.

All three movies were filmed in Canada.

List of moviesEdit


Small Vices (1999)Edit

Thin Air (2000)Edit

Walking Shadow (2001)Edit


Joe Mantegna has also narrated a number of Spenser novels;[1]

Year Title
2012 Lullaby
2011 Sixkill
2010 Painted Ladies
2009 The Professional
2008 Rough Weather
2007 Now and Then
2006 Hundred Dollar Baby
2005 School Days
Cold Service
2004 Bad Business
Widow's Walk
2003 Back Story
2001 Potshot
2000 Hugger Mugger


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