I love reading a good book particularly a good who-done-it. I really enjoyed Robert B. Parker author extrodinare of the Spenser, Jessie Stone novels. The man could write like most authors only dream about. His characters are intelligent, good for a laugh, and in at least my minds eye can sweep me off my feet. (Of course having actors such as the late Robert Urich, Tom Sellek, Joe Montagna, playing your characters certainly doesn’t hurt the hot factor.)
What I admired most about Mr. Parker’s books. Was his ability to show that each character was there for a reason. He didn’t add characters to a scene that didn’t need to be there. He didn’t go over board on telling. You knew what was going on and why.
In the Spencer books you could expect a good buddy story with the characters of Hawk and Susan helping Spenser. He added a smattering of other delightful and sometimes lethal characters that would come in from time to time to help out in a situation. But none stayed like Hawk and the ever delightful Susan.
Most of his books had people that the main character could play off of. In his westerns it was the cowboys Everette Cole and Virgil Hitch. In the last of his Paradise books you found Sunny Randall and police chief Jesse Stone. Two very individual people that came together to work a case and found they had a lot more in common than they knew.
In the end Robert B. Parker’s two most famous characters will continue. Both Spense and Jesse Stone will continue on by new authors and under the guidence of the Parker family. Good Bad or indifferent those two story lines will not shut down anytime soon. (I for one am glad to know that.)