When I read the news I had to read it four times to make sure I read it right. I just couldn't accept or believe it. I wouldn't be able to enjoy Robert Parker's fantastic prose anymore. His Spenser novels were the reason I became interested in crime writing. Without Spenser there would be no Noah Milano. There wouldn't even be this site. Not only was he a great influence on my writing, but his sense of humor AND sense of honor greatly influenced the way I decided to live my life. He will be missed, but with the legacy he left he will never be forgotten.