RARA-AVIS: Don't Diss Parker

J. Kingston Pierce (jpwrites@sprynet.com)
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 09:20:13 -0700 I can't say that I have noticed a particular animosity among list members
toward Robert B. Parker, and I don't see why there should be one. We all
know good books when we see them, and Parker has written some very good ones
over the years. "Looking for Rachel Wallace" still makes it onto my top-25

All that said, however, I believe that there are better writers working in
this genre today. Writers less wedded to "codes of conduct" and more willing
to shake up the comfortable lives of their antagonists. If Spenser has grown
a bit stale, it's likely because Parker tries too hard to pump out a new
book in that series every year -- he seems to enjoy it too much. I'm hoping
that his companion Jesse Stone series and his new series (to be introduced
in the fall) about a female P.I. named Sunny Randall will draw his energies
away from Spenser for a while, maybe allow that wise-cracking Boston gumshoe
to recharge. I'd prefer fewer Spensers if it meant better ones -- books with
less predictable plots, more character development for its star, and far
less whining from Susan Silverman...

-- J. (Jeff) Kingston Pierce



April 1999 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ross Macdonald's
first Lew Archer detective novel, THE MOVING TARGET.

To celebrate, the online literary magazine January is publishing a series of
essays and interviews related to the author and his works. We've also
invited dozens of modern crime novelists -- from Lawrence Block and Sue
Grafton, to Michael Connelly, S.J. Rozan, Richard North Patterson, Laura
Lippman, and Richard Barre -- to share their thoughts on Macdonald's legacy.

Look for the Ross Macdonald series at: <http://www.januarymagazine.com/>

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