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Old 01-19-10, 11:49 AM
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RIP Robert B. Parker

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.ac...59174697244816

Robert B. Parker Found Dead "Sitting At His Desk"

I haven't seen any "real" news articles on this yet, but according to several mournful Tweets this morning author Robert B. Parker was found dead "just sitting at his desk." Those who know about this seem to be either on his publisher's email list, or have just stumbled upon the news in Twitter or Google Trends like I just did. Parker was 77 years old.

Robert B. Parker is of course best known for his "Spenser" series of mystery novels. The character Spenser was the subject of nearly 40 novels (and perhaps more yet to be published). The television series Spenser: For Hire aired from 1985 to 1988.

He's also known for his "Jesse Stone" series of detective novels, which CBS has been making into TV specials lately.
I first heard via a Tweet this morning. Sad news -- he will be missed.
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Just saw this on another site. I am very saddened by this and he will truly be missed. I loved everything he wrote and looked forward to each release with great anticipation. Snappy dialogue, fun stories (even when the story was serious) and a perfect "beach" book.
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Wow, that sucks. Such a great writer.
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I see he has both a Spenser and a Stone novel due this year. I believe I have one Parker novel in my to-read pile ("Resolution") which I will be choosing to read next.
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Sad news. I stopped reading the Spenser novels about a decade ago -- no real reason, just too many other commitments on my time -- but I really enjoyed his stuff. RIP, Mr. Parker.
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Re: RIP Robert B. Parker

Bummer. I read all his published novels in the mid-80s. Then I stopped reading him for a long while. Lately, we like to listen to his novels on tape or CD while we're taking road trips. The format works well with his snappy dialogue and short chapters.
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Loved his Spenser, Jesse Stone, and Sunny Randall books. They were perfect over the weekend reads.
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Re: RIP Robert B. Parker

I don't think that I've ever read any of his books. Where should I start?
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I don't think it really matters which book you read first. He developed the Spenser character over the first novels, but it hasn't changed much since the 1980s.
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Re: RIP Robert B. Parker

My appreciation of Parker ran this morning in the Chicago Sun-Times:

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainmen...-12410.article

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