"The worst beer I ever had was wonderful."
"The worst Spenser novel I ever read was wonderful."
I only read two novels last year. One was the latest Spenser novel, The Professional. Now, I guess, it's the last Spenser novel.
I picked up A Catskill Eagle in paperback soon after the Spenser TV series premiered. I was hooked. I immediately went back and read all the novels that preceded it. (As a small homage and fanboy wink, the main character in my first novel came from the town of Spencer. Yeah -- I got the S wrong. I'm ctupid.) I'll let those who knew him, or those who are expert in the genre, speak at length about what a great loss the world has suffered. I was just one of the many readers who knew Spenser would appear each fall, reliable, witty, strong in the right way, smart in the right way, giving me what I want from a book -- pleasure. And Hawk. I'll miss him, too.
Thank you, Mr. Parker, for the gift.