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R.I.P. Robert B. Parker

R.I.P. Robert B. Parker

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Sad news today from the world of letters with the passing of Robert B. Parker, author of over 50 books, including the thirty-seven which comprise the Spenser series of detective novels.

I’ve been an unabashed fan of Parker’s since I read my first Spenser novel at the age of nineteen.  I was even lucky enough to have him sign a few of my first editions at a cattle call of a book signing in Pasadena many years ago.

Parker’s wit, irony, and strong moral center were very influential in the development of my approach to the world; Spenser taught me a great deal about what matters in the world and what doesn’t.

At least we still have the books.  All three of Parker’s series are best read chronologically; if you’ve yet to sample Dr. Parker’s work, I suggest you start with The Godwolf Manuscript and work from there.

-wp


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  • I saw a mini-eulogy at Amazon.com yesterday and I did a double-take... in fact, I did TWO double-takes.  Couldn't believe it.

    I've read every single one of Parker's books... and I've gotten spoiled by him turning out a new one about every 4-5 months.  After "Split Image" comes out in February, I'll probably be going through withdrawal... no more smartass dialog between Spenser and Hawk (and Quirk and Belson and...)...  

    Sigh.

  • I had somehow missed the news. I can't remember a time perusing the new book shelf at library when I didn't see a Parker book. I was waiting to see how Spence would grow old, at some point age becomes a factor!

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