Robert Parker, the writer died today. He was 77 years old. Apparently he died of a heart attack, at his desk working on a new book.
Parker was the creator of the private eye Spenser. I was a big fan of Spenser for years, but have to admit that in recent years I haven't been following the character. More recently Parker created Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall as series characters.
Parker was a very influential writer in the mystery field and is credited with helping bring back the tough guy private eye when he debuted Spenser. Reading that he died was a shock to me, even though I haven't been reading his books lately, I still admired him and always figured I'd go back to reading the books eventually.
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