Robert B. Parker has long been acknowledged as the
dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the
wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have
earned him a devoted following and reams of critical
acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis’ comment, “We are
witnessing one of the great series in the history of the
American detective story” (The New York Times Book
Review). G.P. Putnam’s will publish his latest novel,
Potshot, in April 2001 ($23.95). His previous
Spenser novel, Hugger Mugger, was a national
bestseller in the Spring of 2000. He also had a
national bestseller last Fall with Perish Twice, his
second Sunny Randall novel.
other works include the classic Poodle Springs, a
novel completed from an unfinished manuscript begun by the
late Raymond Chandler, and Perchance To Dream, the
sequel to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep.
Ironically, Parker wrote about Chandler in a chapter of his
doctoral thesis about the evolution of the American Hero,
beginning with the colonial period and ending with the
twentieth century mystery writers. As fate would have it,
Parker has now become one of the best of them: "Robert B.
Parker has taken his place besides Dashiell Hammett,
Raymond Chandler, and Ross MacDonald" (The Boston
raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in
Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a
Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife
Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel.
Together the Parkers founded the Pearl Productions, a
Boston- Based independent film company named after their
short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in
Parker’s last few novels. He and Joan now live in the
began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at
Boston’s Northeastern University. Little did he suspect
then that his witty, literate prose and psychological
insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America’s
rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker’s fictional
Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For
Hire. More recently, his Spenser novels, Small
Vices and Thin Air were made into television
films for the A&E network.