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.
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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...)...
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!