RIP Spenser

I vividly remember Robert Parker from hearing him speak at an ALA. Very likely, it was an ALA held in Boston, a city I know more through his books than from personal experience. At that event, Parker made gentle but uproarious fun of a bit of library pomposity that went on before he spoke; he was totally charming and had the audience eating out of his hand.

And, now, upon returning from an ALA in Boston, I learn that Parker has died. He was 77 and, according to reports, he died at his desk in his home in Cambridge.

Below are links to some of the first tributes:

The most recent Spenser novel, The Professional, came out in October, 2009. His next novel, in the Jesse Stone series, is coming next month.

Split Image (Jesse Stone)
Robert B. Parker
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2010-02-23)
ISBN / EAN: 0399156232 / 9780399156236

Random House Audio; UNABR; 2/23/10; 9780739357484; $32
Thorndike Large Print; 2/1/10; 9781410421876; hdbk; $35.95
Audio available from OverDrive

Coming in May is the fourth in his Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch western series, following Appoloosa, Resolution and Brimstone.

Blue-Eyed Devil
Robert B. Parker
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2010-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0399156488 / 9780399156489

Random House Audio; UNABR; 5/4/10; 9780307735478; $32

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