RARA-AVIS: Spenser under Parker Part II

From: Etienne Borgers ( freeweb@rocketmail.com)
Date: 15 Dec 2000

This Spenser thing is growing out of proportion. No need for lengthy discussions to see that the RB Parker of today is way way distant from the earlier writer. Only in the wrong direction. His Spenser books are padded now with "real private life facts" leading to nowhere and having nothing to do with the first 5 or 6 brilliant novels of the Spenser series. But I'm sure the padding must appeal to the part of the American readership not really interested by HB/Noir etc. And this represents more (far more) people in the USA than those who are. I'm sure it is also part of the problem: readership at any costs.

In previous discussions here (and David White seems to remember some) I was told that I had no right to despise Parker as he was a very professional writer. Right! He is. Most of the problem comes from that. As I already said: since some time now he writes very professionally... totally uninteresting Spenser novels.

Do not forget his failure to bring up 'Poodle Spring'
... (but I was more shocked by his perverted foreword about Chandler than by the pedestrian novel he gave there). This must have been however a very good marketing coup, once more.

So obviously Parker choose to become a kind of 'best seller' novelist. Good for him. The only regret I have is that we lost a very good, successful and promizing writer of the crime/HB genre. All things he was at the time of the first 5/6 novels.

As for the Parker of today, just scrap good and promizing, and we are left only with : successful. So I suggest that Parker Part II does not belong anymore to the kind of lit we discuss here, as doesn't any other best-seller specialist. Otherwise, it would not be fair to very successful ones such as: Grisham, Crighton, Ludlum et al.

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