Yep, I'm a detective novel fan. And just ran across notice of his passing tonight. Man, he was one of the great detective novelists. I first ran across his work years ago when I was on a Raymond Chandler kick. RBP was chosen to write the sequel to "The Big Sleep." I always looked forward to new RBP books, it's a shame there won't be any more new ones brightening the fiction shelves.
Long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, Mr. Parker was named Grand Master of the Edgar Awards in 2002 by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen. He was renowned for his Spenser novels, featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye, which earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim. The New York Times Book Review said of the Spenser books: "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story." Mr. Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him the keeper of the flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction.
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