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Monday, June 17, 2013

Remembering A Crime Writer’s Wife And Muse

Joan Parker sitting on her late husband's desk. Behind Joan is a teddy bear that her husband, author Robert Parker, had since childhood. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

Joan Parker sitting on her late husband’s desk. Behind Joan is a teddy bear that her husband, author Robert Parker, had since childhood. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

Joan Parker, longtime philanthropist and the widow of mystery writer Robert B. Parker, died last Tuesday.

After Robert’s death in 2010, Joan and her sons were determined to carry on his literary legacy, so they selected mystery writer Ace Atkins to write more books featuring Parker’s detective Spenser.

In 2011, we spoke to Joan Parker about her husband’s writing and about the fact that she was the inspiration for Spenser’s longtime love, Susan Silverman.

Today we revisit that conversation, and talk to Ace Atkins about his memories of working with Joan.

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  • J__o__h__n

    I read the first post Parker Spenser book and it was awful.  It had so many factual mistakes about Boston that I switched from trying to get into the story to looking for blunders. 

    Thanks to the Parkers for their philanthropy and the Spenser books. 

  • Jonathan Stotts

    What is the name of the beautiful fiddle tune that was played after this story aired today?

    • Etamagaw

      That’s Natalie MacMaster’s “Eternal Friendship”

      Emiko (producer, Here and Now)

  • Ron Head

    This is the only picture I have ever seen of Joan Parker.  Now, I know what Susan Silverman looks like.  I am very sorry about Joan Parker’s passing.

    I read about the teddy bear years ago.  I keep a monkey given to me by my mom and dad when I was no more than a baby.  One of my best friends was kidding me about it once, and I told him that Robert B. Parker had a teddy bear, so that meant it was okay.

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