RARA-AVIS: Robert Parker on Ross Macdonald

Gerald So (gso@optonline.net)
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 08:42:23 -0500 Hello, all.

Last night Robert B. Parker chatted on barnesandnoble.com about his
latest Spenser book. Given the fact that Parker's doctoral dissertation
examines the work of Hammett, Chandler, and Macdonald, someone asked
whether Parker felt an inspirational debt particularly to Macdonald.
Parker said he didn't feel indebted; however, he did say Macdonald's
work made people take detective stories seriously.
Also for the record, Robert Crais--whose name has come up in this
discussion--has cited Macdonald, Parker, and Rex Stout as early


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