RARA-AVIS: Another Parker Fan

Gerald So (gso@optonline.net)
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 23:19:52 -0400 Echoing Bill Crider's sentiments: Wait a minute. I owe my
introduction to and lasting interest in detective fiction to Parker.
Sure, Spade, Marlowe, and Archer set the standard,
but to me they always seemed larger than life or maybe somewhat less
than real. I know Spenser has been accused of the same superhumanity,
but he was one of the first in the lineage of
hardboiled PIs to be defined by more than his job or his tough-guy
attitude. He had a multi-dimensional life with other interests (sports,
cooking, etc.) and friendships.
Readers might have assumed that Spade and Marlowe were
self-sufficient men making their way in the world, but with Spenser,
they see that independence in action. They have a sense of the unique
way only he would react to situations.
I think Parker is more criticized when he turns out a mediocre book
because of his (deserved) reputation for writing crisply, lucidly, and

Also, I once asked Parker how old he envisioned Spenser being:
"Thirty-nine," he joked.
To do the math, Spenser's Korean War experience puts him in his
sixties; however Parker said seriously that he sees Spenser as timeless.


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