This week we bid farewell to Robert Parker, prolific mystery author. His Spenser series is a staple of modern detective fiction. As I've said before, I think it started strong and got progressively weaker in later years, but there's no denying that even the later novels showed that Parker was a master of the craft — adept at crackling dialogue and at getting to the point. The characters he devised in later years are fresher, and remain quite good. Spenser, meanwhile, was the inspiration for a brigade of wiseass tough-with-a-conscience detectives, some of them (notably Dennis Lehane's) quite good.
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