'Spenser' novelist Robert Parker dies at age 77I'm not sure if it's weird or apt that Parker's ending sounds like a beginning for one of his books.
By MARK PRATT, Associated Press Writer
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. An ambulance was sent to Parker's home in Cambridge on Monday morning after reports of a sudden death, said Alexa Manocchio, spokeswoman for the Cambridge police department.
Parker's longtime agent, Helen Brann, said that the author's widow, Joan, called her Monday right after finding him dead at his desk.
"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. We were in a complete state of shock and still cannot quite believe it."
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Fare Thee Well, Sir
One of my favorite authors has passed away.