The Jury Talks Back


Robert B Parker, dead at 77

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 12:14 pm

For fans of the Spenser books, this is truly bad news.


  1. I think Taming a Sea Horse was the last book of his I bought, more that twenty years ago. The militant feminism got too much for me. May he rest in peace.

    Comment by nk — 1/20/2010 @ 7:06 pm

  2. “Militant feminism”? Your take isn’t common.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 1/20/2010 @ 11:10 pm

  3. I really enjoyed all of his books. And actually, one of the consistently enjoyable things that came with most of his books were the witty, brash, and loving devotions he expressed toward his wife in his dedications.

    I hadn’t considered the militant feminism too much, nk, but now that you mention it, it seemed he was always a bit concerned that his readers realized just how independent Spenser’s gfriend (the shrink) was….

    p.s. I’ve enjoyed the Jesse Stone series on tv with Tom Selleck, too. Like Parker’s books, easy to follow, understated and wry.

    Comment by Dana — 1/21/2010 @ 7:31 pm

  4. I liked that he was a boxer. I was too, but in a much lighter class, from his picture. I had not realized that he was twenty-five years older than me. Five or ten, if that much, I thought.

    Comment by nk — 1/22/2010 @ 10:10 am

  5. I’ve read most of his books more than once and enjoyed them all.

    I wouldn’t say that Parker supported militant feminism. Rather, he was interested in independence, doing what you want and accepting the consequences of your actions.

    Comment by Jack — 1/23/2010 @ 5:48 pm

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