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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