"You know more stuff that don't make you money than anybody I know."
- Robert B. Parker - Mortal Stakes. The enigmatic Hawk talking to Spenser.
I love Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels.
I wanted to be Spenser when I was a kid after seeing the TV adaptation of the book series. Robert Urich living in a converted Firehouse, driving around Boston in a Mustang Fastback, fighting crime and solving mysteries with the beautiful Susan Silverman and mysteriously dangerous Hawk never far away. Good stuff, that.
Over the past year, I've read every single book in the long series and discovered that I still want to be Spenser. Parker pumped out a new Spenser book regularly from the early 1970's until his death in 2010. There's 40 some-odd Spenser books, and I loved them all. There's supposed to be a final Spenser book released this May, but I've only heard rumors about it.
I also liked the Jesse Stone novels, and the Cole and Hitch (westerns) series - but they don't compare with the characters and plots in the Spenser books, in my opinion.
I especially like the quote above, since I've had similar sentiments expressed by people in regards to myself on more than one occasion.