Robert B. Parker was an influential crime writer, best known for his character Spenser. Parker's Spencer books were adapted as a television series, Spencer for Hire. He passed away Monday, at the age of 77 in Cambridge Massachusetts. I read a lot of detective/crime fiction myself and though I have read quite a few of Parker's books, I never really counted him as one of my favorites, but there is no doubt that he influenced many of those who were my favorites, including Robert Crais and Dennis Lehane. Here is a link to an article in the LA Times by Sarah Weinman.