Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Wall Street Journal Interviews Robert B. Parker

Night and Day by Robert B. Parker

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal published a Q&A with mystery novelist . The 8th book in the Jesse Stone series, Night and Day, was published this week and is the author's 58th book to date. [MBN note: The 5th made-for-television movie based on the Paradise (MA) police chief, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, airs tonight on CBS at 9 PM.]

Parker may be best known for his long-running Spenser mysteries, the first of which was published in 1974, with the 37th book coming out this fall (The Professional). In addition to the Jesse Stone series, he is also the author of the Sunny Randall mystery series, an original Phillip Marlowe novel, and several others. Later this spring he brings out a new novel for young adults introducing young Spenser titled Chasing the Bear. At 76, Parker seems as active as ever.

In the interview, it's interesting to note that Parker doesn't think of himself as a genre novelist. "I think of myself as a person writing novels about people involved with crime," he says. "It's all about the limits of your imagination and the limit of your skill."

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