The wife of famed author Robert B. Parker died last week.
Parker, called the The Dean of American Crime Fiction, used his wife Joan Parker as a model for one of his characters. (Spenser’s girlfriend, Susan Silverman.)
Parker was one of my favorite authors and a huge influence on me. I’m not sure anyone writes dialogue better, and his short chapters and fast pace are a model I try my best to follow.
His wife seemed like an incredible lady — running stadium stairs even in her 70s, for instance — and I enjoyed reading about her life in The New York Times. (Here’s the story: Joan H. Parker, 80, Mystery Writer’s Muse, Dies.)
I feel like after reading it that I know him better, and if you’ve never checked out any of his books, make sure you do someday. I think you’ll really enjoy them.
It’s really weird, but after reading about thirty of his books, watching interviews, and doing quite a bit of research on him, I just feel I know him in this intimate way. Any of you out there Robert B. Parker fans?
And have any of you gone over the top in love with an author like I have with Robert B. Parker. (I’d say he’s in my top 5 of favorite authors.)
UPDATE: 1:26 P.M., 6/18/13 — The Robert B. Parker facebook page just linked to the Times article referenced above, but added this:
For the record, she was an extraordinary woman in her own right and much much more than a muse for Bob. And she would not like to be remembered as Susan Silverman.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.