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‘Spenser’ novelist Robert Parker dies at age 77
The Boston Herald ^ | January 19, 2010 | NA

Posted on 01/19/2010 1:32:59 PM PST by buccaneer81

‘Spenser’ novelist Robert Parker dies at age 77

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - Updated 60m ago

Robert B. Parker, the blunt and beloved crime novelist who helped revive and modernize the hard-boiled genre and branded a tough guy of his own through his "Spenser" series, has died. He was 77.

An ambulance was sent to Parker’s home in Cambridge on Monday morning for reports of a sudden death, said Alexa Manocchio, spokeswoman for the Cambridge police department.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: hawk; jessestone; parker; spenser
Sad. He'll be missed.
1 posted on 01/19/2010 1:32:59 PM PST by buccaneer81
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To: Temple Owl

ping


2 posted on 01/19/2010 1:36:22 PM PST by Tribune7 (Toll booths are devices funded by taxpayers to snarl traffic, waste gas and produce smog)
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To: buccaneer81

Yeah. He wasn’t Raymond Chandler, but he was the closest thing since. He even got the nod from the Chandler estate to finish Chandler’s Poodle Springs.


3 posted on 01/19/2010 1:37:45 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: buccaneer81

One of my favorite authors. Have read all his books but one early one that I haven’t been able to locate called “A year at the Races.


4 posted on 01/19/2010 1:38:36 PM PST by upcountry miss
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To: Spktyr

A very nice guy, too.


5 posted on 01/19/2010 1:40:51 PM PST by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: karnage

Very sorry to hear of his loss.

Read all his books too. The Jesse Stone made for tv movies were almost as good as the books - some of the supporting characters could have been cast a little better. The Spenser show wasn’t that good IMO.

Tried one of the westerns but gave up about half way through. It was Spenser and Hawk out west. Westerns are my favorite genre so I could have been too picky.


6 posted on 01/19/2010 1:52:05 PM PST by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: buccaneer81

Mystery Science Theater 3000 did a an episode on a movie named Spenser (or Spencer). Is this the same character?


7 posted on 01/19/2010 2:21:55 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: buccaneer81

Mystery Science Theater 3000 did a an episode on a movie named Spenser (or Spencer). Is this the same character?


8 posted on 01/19/2010 2:22:04 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: buccaneer81

That’s sad. Thoughts for his family. Love his books especially Jesse Stone stories.


9 posted on 01/19/2010 2:24:17 PM PST by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: buccaneer81
He's one of those guys I've always meant to get around to reading, and only just have. I read the first Spenser book, The Godwulf Manuscript, less than a week ago.

Parker was an interesting guy. He was a PhD in literature who was teaching at a university when he wrote the first Spenser book, mostly because he loved Raymond Chandler books and no one was writing that hardboiled styled anymore. He quit teaching after his fifth novel was published.

10 posted on 01/19/2010 2:33:45 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: DallasMike
I doubt if MST3K did a Spenser episode. I'd love to see it, though, if it really exists.

The Spenser novels were adapted to a series on ABC from 1985-1988, starring Robert Urich and Avery Brooks:


11 posted on 01/19/2010 2:37:36 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

I never liked the Jessie Stone series as much as the Spenser books, but to each his own.

It’s sad when a beloved novelist dies. I can still remember being heartbroken for days after Robert Heinlein passed on.

As the years go by, you get more used to it, I guess.


12 posted on 01/19/2010 2:42:19 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Let's Roll

I got tired of the self-examining, self-congratulating characters. And except for guns and self-defense, the novels became more and more naggingly liberal.

May he rest in peace nonetheless.


13 posted on 01/19/2010 2:42:40 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Let's Roll

I got tired of the self-examining, self-congratulating characters. And except for guns and self-defense, the novels became more and more naggingly liberal.

May he rest in peace nonetheless.


14 posted on 01/19/2010 2:42:57 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Let's Roll
The Spenser show wasn’t that good IMO.

I heard Parker wasn't happy with the casting, especially Robert Urich.

15 posted on 01/19/2010 2:43:44 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

My wife and I have read all his books and liked them all. We will miss him.


16 posted on 01/19/2010 2:56:08 PM PST by arjay (2010 Old blood out. New blood in.)
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To: buccaneer81

Oh, I hate to hear this. I loved his writing. He was so clever. He will be greatly missed.


17 posted on 01/19/2010 3:09:44 PM PST by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: heartwood

Some things, most things, are simply not about politics. The writings of Robert B. Parker are one of these things. He was a wonderful, clever writer.


18 posted on 01/19/2010 3:49:09 PM PST by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: Tribune7

He was one of my favorites. I’m going to miss Spenser and Hawk.


19 posted on 01/19/2010 3:55:51 PM PST by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: buccaneer81

Dammit!

I’m really going to miss looking forward to his stuff. Another loss.

Like John D. MacDonald - Travis McGee.

And Ross Thomas - especially the very few Woo and Durant stories.

Great, fun, memorable characters and stories...


20 posted on 01/19/2010 4:15:03 PM PST by Chasaway (Tonto: "What do you mean "We", White Man?")
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
I read the first Spenser book, The Godwulf Manuscript, less than a week ago.

The weakest of the series, IMHO-- it reads very much like a Raymond Chandler pastiche updated to the 1970s. The Spenser series got much better after that. He really hit his stride with the 3rd or 4th books.

21 posted on 01/19/2010 4:21:45 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
He really hit his stride with the 3rd or 4th books.

Many writers seem to. Stephen King's third and fourth books were "The Shining" and "The Stand."

22 posted on 01/19/2010 4:29:24 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
The weakest of the series, IMHO

Well, I read one other one a few weeks ago, Potshot was easily weaker than Godwulf. I got the sense that it was like one of those James Bond movies before they rebooted the series, where all the obligatory elements that fans expected ended up crowding out anything like an interesting story. Enjoyable, but thin. A friend of mine who has read a lot of them agreed that the later ones got kind of weak. So I decided to go back to the beginning and read Godwulf. I have to get my local used book store this week to see if I can find a copy of God Save the Child cheap. I'm gonna go broke paying $7.99 each for the paperbacks.

I've been catching up on a lot of detective series books that I've always missed lately. I've read about three or four John D. MacDonald Travis McGee books and one Ross MacDonald Lew Archer in the last couple of months. I think I'm avoiding diving into the new James Ellroy for now.

23 posted on 01/19/2010 5:23:41 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
I've read about three or four John D. MacDonald Travis McGee books and one Ross MacDonald Lew Archer in the last couple of months.

Ross Macdonald was not only a great detective novelist, he was a great novelist, period. His "The Chill" was awesome, as were most of the novels he wrote after that (i.e., in the 1960s and 70s; his 50s books were mixed). "The Instant Enemy" is another favorite of mine.

24 posted on 02/05/2010 1:56:27 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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