Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robert Parker Dead at 77

Author David Morrell reports on Twitter this morning that his friend, author Robert B. Parker, died earlier today "sitting at his desk." Parker is the author of, most famously, the Spenser novels, which became a popular television series, Spenser: For Hire.

According to Wikipedia, Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, married Joan H. Parker on 26 August 1956, and had two sons, David and Daniel. After earning a BA degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Parker served in the US Army in Korea. In 1957, he earned his Master's degree in English literature from Boston University and then worked in advertising and technical writing until 1962.

Parker received a PhD degree in English literature from Boston University in 1971. His dissertation, titled "The Violent Hero, Wilderness Heritage and Urban Reality", discussed the exploits of fictional private-eye heroes created by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald. He wrote his first novel in 1971 while at Northeastern University.

Another of Parker's characters, Jesse Stone, has a new novel, SPLIT IMAGE, set for release February 23.

And here's a blog with a lot more information.


Ann ODyne said...

oh Vale RBP.
loved Spenser's preoccupation with his ensembles, and the cooking, his respect for Susan Silverman, and indulgence of Pearl, but RBP's great creation was the fabulous HAWKE.

and Avery Brooke in the TV version was pretty damn good too.

Austin Carr said...

I've read many of his books and enjoyed the TV shows, too. Hawke is my favorite character. But I never got "the fever" for a new episode with Spencer and Hawke the way I do with some others, including Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. I love series. John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee being my fave of all time. I want to hang out with the characters. RBP made PIs popular again, so I guess we all owe him plenty.