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Robert B. Parker has died - what a loss!

Robert B Parker

Robert B Parker, the American crime novelist, who has died aged 77, helped revive and modernise the hard-boiled private eye genre through his Spenser series of novels.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obituaries/7038200/Robert-B-Park...

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Re: Robert B. Parker has died - what a loss!

He was just always kind of there...I can't believe he's gone.

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I know! I've been reading his books since the first one came out.

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Re: Robert B. Parker has died - what a loss!

what on earth will i read now??!! 

 

ive read ALL his books and he was my all time favorite.  i just bought "night and day" and finished it in a day.  i hear he has a couple others that will be out and then thats it!  : (

 

im really bummed.  i met Andrew Mccall Smith last summer and was hoping some time to meet Robert Parker. 

 

If you all have some good recommendations for me as to new authors to read...let me know.   i need some good funny, whitty, good reads.  : ) 

 

Thanks

 

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Hmm. When you say funny and witty, do you mean laugh out loud funny or witty, clever dialogue? Do you like cozy type mysteries?

 

Janet Evanovich, Tamar Meyer, Donna Andrews, Anne George -- all of these authors are funny, as are Mary Kay Andrews and a lot of others I'm forgetting. Oh, Toni McGee Causey is a good one and she just visited with us.

 

What about the rest of you -- suggestions?

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I've been a fan of Parker for decades. He single-handedly revived and much-need vigor to the American private eye genre...

 

I loved Spenser. And I loved his travels in Boston.

 

I will miss Mr. Parker. His writing gave me hours of sheer reading pleasure.

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Re: Robert B. Parker has died - what a loss!

And now Dick Francis has died, too. Two of mystery's greats.

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Dick Francis had a special gift for creating the "nice" narrator that you wanted to have win in the end. The kind of guy you'd want as brother or husband or neighbor. That you knew he would win in the end never subtracted from the suspense and the joy of reading the books.

 

An acquaintance of mine knew Francis fairly well and says he was as nice as the heroes he wrote about - a real gent.

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Hi G.M. - great to see you back here! Wasn't this sad? I discovered Dick Francis' books when I lived in England in the 1970s. I've read them all, some multiple times. He was a great writer and a fascinating person. What a loss.