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Friday Blogging, Robert B. Parker

January 22, 2010 · No Comments

Robert B. Parker died January 18th.  Parker was a crime fiction writer who authored 60 books, and is best known for the Spenser series–a Private-I series set in Boston that became a perfect stage for Parker’s crisp descriptive prose, his sense of humor, his wonderful ear for dialog.  He apparently died while at his desk, at work upon another Spenser novel.    The Canton Free Library has an excellent collection of books by Parker, and we have this sampling in ODY:

Perchance to Dream is a Philip Marlowe story…Parker took a one chapter fragment of a manuscript left by Raymond Chandler, and developed out a complete plot. Parker was a great admirer of Chandler, and so, with Parker in mind, some other recommendations on Chandler and kindred-crime-writer-spirits:

…to suggest a baker’s dozen.  Parker left several finished manuscripts that have yet to be published, so we haven’t quite read the last of the man’s work, and anything on this list would be a great mid-winters read, even if prompted by somewhat melancholy circumstances…

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