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Robert B. Parker dies at Massachusetts home

21st January 2010

Bestselling author Robert B. Parker has died at the age of 77 at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The crime writer, whose most famous character was Boston private eye Spenser, passed away on Monday (January 18th) while working on a new book at his desk.

Helen Brann, the author's agent, told the Associated Press that Parker had eaten breakfast with his wife Joan on the morning of his death and he appeared to be 'fine'.

'[Joan] went out to do her running and when she came back about an hour later, he was dead. We were in a complete state of shock and still cannot quite believe it,' she added.

Parker published more than 60 novels, with his first being The Godwulf Manuscript in 1973. Spenser features in 37 works in his back catalogue.

The author, who also wrote westerns and young adult fiction, claimed that his main literary influences were Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner.

Parker's novels include Now and Then, Night Passage, Small Vices and High Profile.

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