Spenser for hire no longer: RIP Robert Parker

January 20, 2010

In the midst of so many celebrity deaths as of late comes the news of the passing of a “celebrity author” of sorts.  Robert Parker was a genius of both the classic detective and western genres.  He passed away Monday at the age of 77.  I was introduced to Parker by my father, a big fan of the Spenser novels.  It seems like just the other day that Ronin and I were trying to find the TV series starring Robert Urich based on the Spenser novels, “Spenser For Hire.”  In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t exist on DVD.  We found some guy selling a very bootleg set on the internet, but there have been no official DVD’s made.  Either way, if you haven’t read any of Parker’s books, perhaps my urging here will motivate you to give him a look.  With all of the crap that passes for fiction these days, it should come as a refreshing change.  I’ll close by pointing you to a particularly good piece on his life (and death) from the LA Times.  Here is the link.

2 Responses to “Spenser for hire no longer: RIP Robert Parker”

  1. tophatal said

    Loved the ‘Spenser’ tv series with Dan Urich and Avery Brooks.

    Alan Parkins

  2. I have an appreciation of Parker and Spenser on my blog at http://midlifebatmitzvah.wordpress.com.

    I too was intoduced to him by my dad…

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