Spenser, the Boston private detective created by Robert B. Parker, has inspired legions of readers and writers alike. To commemorate his influence, editor Otto Penzler assembled a monster list of crime authors to share their affection for this icon. Their contributions became In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero.
The collection features Ace Atkins (now writing the Spenser novels), Lawrence Block, Reed Farrel Coleman, Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Lyndsay Faye, Ed Gorman, Parnell Hall, Jeremiah Healy, Dennis Lehane, Gary Phillips, and S.J. Rozan. Furthermore, there’s a reprinted article on Spenser from the creator himself.
From the Boston locales, to Hawk and Susan’s characters, to Spenser’s humor and culinary prowess, the essays revel in everything that makes this series a classic, and there’s even time for Parker’s westerns and Jesse Stone.
So go to the Facebook Page for Crime HQ’s In Pursuit of Spenser Sweepstakes and enter by 11:59 a.m. on June 4, 2012, for your chance to win a copy!