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National Book Festival

Robert B. Parker began writing in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Now as the author of nearly 50 books, he is acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2002). His novels featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim. The Spenser character inspired the television series "Spenser: For Hire" and two made-for-television films. His latest novel from the best-selling series featuring Boston private-eye Sunny Randall is "Melancholy Baby" (Putnam, Sept. 2004). (Parker died in 2010.)

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Robert B. Parker