Thursday, January 21, 2010

Robert B Parker 1932-2010

American novelist Robert B Parker has died at the age of 77. Best known for creating the private detective Spenser, he wrote more than 60 books for adults and children.

There are many obituaries online, including in the New York Times, the Washington Post and by Dennis McLellan in the LA Times:
"In the line of great American hard-boiled writers that went from Dashiell Hammett to Raymond Chandler to Ross Macdonald, Robert B. Parker is the next great one in that line," said Otto Penzler, owner of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and a publisher of crime fiction.

Parker, he said, "had a spare style that made his books entertaining and readable consistently. His protagonist, Spenser, was a real hero, and I think people love heroes."


  1. Anonymous9:56 pm

    It'll be interesting to see how much of that 70% the publisher hands to the author.

  2. I have had great enjoyment from reading Robert B Parker`s Spenser character. His work will of course be a tribute to his memory
    Liam Leddy


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