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Crime novelist, 'Spenser' creator Robert Parker dies

Fans of crime fiction may want to read The Post's obituary of author Robert B. Parker, creator of the Spenser series, who died Monday at 77.

From Patricia Sullivan's obituary:

Mr. Parker helped revive the detective fiction genre with Spenser (no first name), a wise-cracking, street-smart and surprisingly literate Boston private eye.
The character -- a former boxer and former state police officer -- is a gourmet cook who grapples with complex relationships with a witty female companion, an African American alter ego and a foster son. Named for Edmund Spenser, a Shakespeare contemporary, the character and series became favorites of literati who enjoyed crisp, witty prose.
Mr. Parker's work was notable for its quick pace, evocative descriptions, sharp dialogue and focus on themes such as women in contemporary society and the troubled status of adolescents.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  January 20, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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