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by ROBERT B. PARKER 185 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $5.95.

It seems that this thriller writer is not trying to put anything over on anybody. Two years ago, he announced on the jacket of his first book, The Godwulf Manuscript, that he had written his doctoral dissertation on Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Both of Robert Parker's novels, about a private eye known simply as Spenser, are filled with echoes of the masters. But Parker is really not a pirate. Instead, he resembles film makers like Jean-Luc Godard, who pay homage to...

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