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Novels by Robert Parker
Intend to read them all? For your convenience, a printable Spencer Series Checklist.
Night Passage (1997)
Trouble in Paradise (1998)
Death in Paradise (2001)
Stone Cold (2003)
Sea Change (2006)
High Profile (2007)
Stranger In Paradise (2008)
Night and Day (2009)
Split Image (2010)
Family Honor (1999)
Perish Twice (2000)
Shrink Rap (2002)
Melancholy Baby (2004)
Blue Screen (2006)
Spare Change (2007)
VIRGIL COLE AND EVERETT HITCH
Blue-Eyed Devil (2010)
A printable checklist for the Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Cole and Hitch Series.
|Beloved author Robert B. Parker died suddenly of a heart attack at his Cambridge Massachusetts home on Monday, January 18, 2010. He was 77. It was reported that he was at work at his desk when he passed away. For more information, read his New York Times obituary.|
Robert Parker Bio
Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parker married Joan H. Parker on 26 August 1956, whom he claims to have met as a toddler at a birthday party (they spent their childhoods in the same neighborhood).
Parker and his wife had two sons, David and Daniel. Originally, Parker's character Spenser was to have the first name "David", but he didn't want to omit his other son. So Parker removed the first name completely and to this day, Spenser's first name remains unknown and rarely referred to.
After earning a BA degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Parker served in the US Army in Korea. In 1957, he earned his Master's degree in English literature from Boston University and then worked in advertising and technical writing until 1962. Parker received a PhD degree in English literature from Boston University in 1971. His dissertation, titled "The Violent Hero, Wilderness Heritage and Urban Reality", discussed the exploits of fictional private-eye heroes created by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald.
Parker wrote his first novel in 1971 while at Northeastern University. He became a full professor in 1976, and turned to full-time writing in 1979 with five Spenser novels to his credit. ¹
Robert Parker Quotes
"Spenser’s operating principle is probably living life on his own terms, happily with Susan, as best he can. But obviously there is a knight-errant dimension about him, which Hawk’s ferocious practicality balances off."
"I write ten pages a day. Chapter two grows out of chapter one, and chapter three grows out of chapter two, etc. I often don’t know who did it until the book lays out and I may not know until nearly the end."
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