…has moved to a new address. He kicks things off with his take on all the Robert B. Parker bashing in the blogosphere lately.
The consensus judgment seems to be that he wrote brilliantly early on,
that in fact he rescued the entire private eye genre from malaise and
cliche, and that he brought tens of thousands of new readers to the
I agree with all of that.
Where I have trouble is the funeral pyre so many of his critics seem to be building.
Ed thinks the Jesse Stone novels prove Parker is still at the top of his game. I don’t disasgree. I wish Parker would rest Spenser for awhile, abandon the Sunny Randall books, and ride with Jesse for awhile. Maybe if he took a break from the Spensers for a couple years he would rediscover the character…and maybe find a fresh take on a hero who is anything but fresh these days.