The novelist, famous for his Spenser and Jesse Stone novels, both of which became the basis for television productions, has died, according to published reports. When I first discovered the Spenser novels, I immediately became a fan, and for many years after would not miss one of them. Spenser had the wisecracking quality of an old-school private eye, but what I most liked was the seasoned aspect of him; he believed in mature relationships, and showed some age as the books went along.
I also liked the Jesse Stone tales, and some of the free-standing Parker titles. I did not read Parker as often as I used to, but I always knew he would provide some reliable entertainment, and have often taken advantage of his work for vacation reading and breaks from work-related books.
I can't say I was a fan of Robert Urich's rendition of Spenser, since Urich seemed too handsome for the part. (I always thought Spenser looked something like Parker himself.) I was much more of an admire of Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone, and was looking forward to the next movie in the Stone cycle, which, according to a CBS rep, is done and waiting for an air date.