Robert B. Parker
Crime novelistDied when: 77 years 123 days (928 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American writer of fiction, primarily of the mystery/detective genre.His most famous works were the 40 novels written about the fictional private detective Spenser.
ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the mid-1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character was also produced.
His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area.The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre.
Parker also wrote nine novels based on the fictional character Jesse Stone, a Los Angeles police officer who moves to a small New England town; six novels based on the fictional character Sunny Randall, a female private investigator; and four Westerns starring the duo Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.
The first, Appaloosa, was made into a film starring Ed Harris.