Friday, July 27, 2012

In Pursuit of Spenser

   The other day I was posting about missing Robert B. Parker and particularly his private eye hero, Spenser. Well apparently I'm not the only one. I've been reading a nifty book called IN PURSUIT OF SPENSER, which is a collection of essays by various mystery writers about Parker and Spenser. Ace Atkins, who was chosen to continue Spenser's adventures, writes a heartfelt essay about what the character means to him. Lawrence Block, creator of Matt Scudder, another favorite PI, examines Parker's style. Max Allan Collins, author of the Nate Heller series and many other books, takes a look at Spenser on television. (Collins has done a lot of writing about TV and movie mystery series, including a new book on Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer. More on that later.) Ed Gorman takes a look at Parker's Westerns. Plus interesting articles by those other two well known writers of Boston PI series, Jeremiah Healy and Dennis Lehane. It's a very interesting book and a must have for any major fan of Spenser and of Robert B. parker.


Paul R. McNamee said...

Being from the Boston area, I should read more Spenser. I did one audiobook (with a scuffed ending on the CD, so the big mystery reveal I had to read at the library!)

I really enjoyed some of the Spenser and Hawk banter.

Charles R. Rutledge said...

Dialog is one of Parker's strengths. The banter always flies fast and furious.