He wrote short, vivid, sentences about a tough guy with a soft heart.
Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser crime novels about a hard-boiled Boston private eye, has died -- according to his publisher, Penguin Group.
Journalist Sarah Weinman broke the news on her blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, where she writes that:
At the age of 77, "just sitting at his desk" at his home in Cambridge, Mass., according to an email sent out by a representative of his U.K. publisher Quercus, Robert B. Parker is dead.
That would seem to be a perfect ending to his story.