Re: RARA-AVIS: Parker's Procedurals, Westerns, and Their Film Adaptations

From: Michael Jeter (
Date: 28 Feb 2010

For myself, the owner announced he wanted to devote February to Parker, I wrote a remembrance of Dr. Parker the night he died, and withing a half hour of my writing, people were taking shots at him.

I said how much I enjoyed his work, and the owner of the list responded with how much he did not like Dr. Parker´s work. In my remembrance, I mentioned the numerous holes in Parker´s work, and yet, people felt the need to begin discussing and dwelling on those holes.

Given that the man had not even been buried, and people began to take shots, I decided against initiating a discussion of his work, since it would seem to do nothing more than provide an opportunity for for people to tear the man apart.

I enjoy what he did, and I find much of his work valuable. Many don´t, and thatś fine with me, but if people could not help but attack the guy the day he died, I cannot imagine a discussion would prove fruitful.

On 3/1/10, JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:
> As far as I can remember, no one has actually talked about Parker's work
> this month (though, as I Recall, there was one thread about who might be
> Parker's replacement).  Oddly, most of the threads about Parker's actual
> work came LAST month, along with the suggestion that THIS month be
> supposedly devoted to Parker.
> Well, just so there's at least one comment about Parker during what was
> supposedly his month, I'll mention that, while, as I mentioned earlier, I
> found the tropes of the Spenser novels increasingly annoying the further I
> got into the series, in recent years I've found his small-town procedurals
> featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone and his westerns featuring itinerant
> lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch quite enjoyable.
> I probably woudn't have given them a try, but I liked both the series of
> TV-movies starring Tom Selleck as Stone, and the film adaptation of
> APPALOOSA, the first Cole/Hitch novel, very much, and, on that basis,
> decided to give the books a try.
> It may be that, whether or not he was aware of it, a tendency to "phone in"
> the Spenser books had set in, due to the subconscious knowledge that it was
> going to sell like a genuine 14 carat gold brick marked down to a nickel no
> matter how little trouble he actually took, while with his new stuff, he had
> to take a little more care.
> In any case, the Stone novels and the Cole/Hitch novels have all the Parker
> virtues, fast pace, extremely readable prose, a particular facility with
> dialog, and nicely staged action scenes, and, at least early in the
> respective series, few of the Parker liabilities.
> Anyone here read the Sunny Randall books?

Michael Damian Jeter
New Orleans, LA
Literacy, Music, and Democracy

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