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Old 01-27-2010, 02:15 AM   #1
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Unhappy RIP Robert B. Parker 1932-2010

Now I know the man was an author but so many of his books have been adapted to film and screen. This comes as really shocking news to me, as I have been a fan of his since I first read his books 5 years ago and have read every book of his Jesse Stone series I could get my hands on, my favorite author of all-time has passed, who is responsible for the amazing Appaloosa (adapted to film in 2008), Resolution and Brimstone saga that I was eagerly awaiting the continuation of. RIP Robert B. Parker, you will definitely be missed




BOSTON — 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.

The cause of death was unclear. Parker's longtime agent, Helen Brann, said the author's widow, Joan, called her Monday right after finding him dead at his desk in their Cambridge, Mass., home.

"They had had breakfast together Monday, and he was perfectly fine," Brann said. "She went out to do her running and when she came back about an hour later, he was dead."

Prolific to the end, Parker wrote more than 50 novels, including 37 featuring Boston private eye Spenser. The character's first name was a mystery, with his last name emphatically spelled with an "s" in the middle, not a "c."

The character was the basis for the 1980s TV series "Spenser: For Hire," starring Robert Urich. Parker later said the only thing he liked about the program was the residual checks.

Parker admired Raymond Chandler and other classic crime writers and helped bring back their cool, clipped style in the first "Spenser" novel, "The Godwulf Manuscript," from 1973. Within a few years, with "Looking for Rachel Wallace" and "Early Autumn," he was acclaimed as a master in his own right.

Parker also was known for his Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series. His other books included a novel inspired by the life of Jackie Robinson, "Double Play"; the Westerns "Appaloosa," "Resolution" and "Brimstone"; and "Perchance to Dream," a sequel to Chandler's "The Big Sleep."

Parker won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and a Grand Master Edgar in 2002 for lifetime achievement. A new Jesse Stone novel, "Split Image," is scheduled to come out next month.

More than 4 million copies of Parker's books have sold worldwide, Brann said.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Parker studied as an undergraduate at Colby College and received a Ph.D. in English from Boston University, where his dissertation was on Dashiell Hammett and Chandler, whom he made no secret of imitating. He was teaching at Northeastern University when he created Spenser, observing later that he was inspired in part because Chandler was dead and he missed his famous detective, Philip Marlowe.


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Loved the book and film Appaloosa
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I read all three books of his Appaloosa, Resolution and Brimstone series in probably 5 days. I couldn't put them down with the exception of work not allowing me to. Having just released Brimstone, I knew it was going to be awhile before he read anymore of Virgil and Everett. That really destroys me, knowing we will never read another one of their adventures. The man who actually got me to read and inspired me to write is gone........
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I read all three books of his Appaloosa, Resolution and Brimstone series in probably 5 days. I couldn't put them down with the exception of work not allowing me to. Having just released Brimstone, I knew it was going to be awhile before he read anymore of Virgil and Everett. That really destroys me, knowing we will never read another one of their adventures. The man who actually got me to read and inspired me to write is gone........
I hear ya! I look forward to reading the rest of his collection
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This is the last book that Robert completed before he died, due to be released in less than 1 month:

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I was deeply saddened when I heard about his passing a few days ago. I really enjoyed his Jesse Stone novels. RIP Mr. Parker.
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I was deeply saddened when I heard about his passing a few days ago. I really enjoyed his Jesse Stone novels. RIP Mr. Parker.
I didn't see any news about this anywhere until tonight. Ironically, I was logging in to my local libraries website to see if I had gotten the latest Jesse Stone book he wrote, and his death was the headline. How is that for surreal?
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I saw this thread title and thought you meant Bob Barker, former host of Price is Right! LOL!
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I saw this thread title and thought you meant Bob Barker, former host of Price is Right! LOL!
No I meant a man with real talent.
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Man that sucks. The Appaloosa trilogy was by far my favorite book series.
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Man that sucks. The Appaloosa trilogy was by far my favorite book series.
I read the saga probably 5 times through, I was so excited for a 4th book too.
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