It is very hard to convey the excitement I experienced on reading his first books as they arrived on my library shelves. (No way I could afford hardbacks, nor wait for the paperback).
What made him special to me was his use of things like cooking, a girlfriend, how he got to a desintation, what he wore to pull you into his story. He was accessible--lived in our world. Drank from it.
Literary writers like Bobbie Ann Mason and Raymond Carver routinely did this. But it seemed special in a crime novel. And the plotting was so good. Every woman loved Spenser. He was like a slightly tamed Jim Rockford. I think we let Robert B. Parker go without acknowledging the iconic nature of Spenser, his special place.
What music are you listening to a lot lately?
With me, it's THE DEFINITIVE VINCE GUARALDI-bought it for my husband for Christmas, but it turns out he just like the ones associated with the holidays. (Peanuts music). I love Guaraldi's version of When You Wish Upon a Star.
Phil's listening to The Very Best of Victoria De Los Angeles (opera arias) and at a very high volume, I might add. If I put on the Stones at that volume, he'd have a fit.
How about you? What's on your turntable?