CBC News - Books - Spenser crime series writer Robert B. Parker dies
A master of minimalism and dialogue, Parker was one of the few authors of tough guy fiction that added an extra dimension to his character. I read many of the Spenser novels and was a huge fan of the 1980's TV series.
It saddens me as a writer that we have lost someone of Parker's caliber. I can still remember him on the Oprah Winfrey show in the early 1990's looking at Elmore Leonard as if he was insane for confessing that he liked to act like the characters in his novels.
Parker was blunt and to the point and his relaxes style and humor will be sorely missed~