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Robert B. Parker, 1932-2010 January 24, 2010

Posted by Donna in Mystery, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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Robert B. Parker, the author of more than 60 books, died on January 19, 2010.  He has often been called the “Dean of American Crime Fiction” and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2002. Most of his books featured Spenser, a wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private eye. Spenser never had a first name but was dubbed by many as the  “thinking man’s private eye.” Parker created Spenser after he completed his doctorate dissertation on classic mystery crime writers, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald from Boston’s Northeastern University. Spenser first appeared in The Godwulf Manuscript in 1973 and was featured in more than thirty-some other novels. Wow! I think I have read every single one of them. I have had a secret crush on Spenser for years and I love Pearl the dog too. I read and enjoy all kinds of books but a Spenser book to me was one that I treasure as much as a  delicious Starbuck’s  Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Robert B. Parker and Spenser will be missed by me!

“It was not just that Ross Macdonald taught us how to write; he did something much more, he taught us how to read, and how to think about life, and maybe, in some small, but mattering way, how to live.”

~Robert B. Parker~

Happy Reading!   ~Donna

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