Does anyone know how many books ahead RBP was at the time of his death? There are pre-orders on Amazon for a new Jesse and a new Hitch and Cole. There is also an entry for a Spenser called Painted Ladies, although it is only for an audiobook... anyone know why there is an audiobook link but none for the actual book? And how many more are there? He was evidently working on a Spenser when he died.
One of the obituaries I read said there were 'several' Spenser books yet to come but no idea how many 'several' actually is. The only bright spot is knowing there are a few more Parker books yet to come--gives us all time to adjust to his passing without having to go cold turkey. Boy, how I will miss his books. Thank God there are so many--I have almost read the print off the pages!
I see they now have a cover for Painted Ladies... I wonder if there is another Spenser coming out called Sixkills... RBPs last blog entry, which was in May 09, made mention of that title, a working title. I am sure it was finished by the time of his death in Jan. 10, since he wrote so fast.
It will definitely be interesting to see how several is being defined.
A quote from Parker's blog from his web page dated May 29, 2009....................."I am currently writing a book with the working title SIXKILL in which a new character joins Spenser's world. Probably be out next year. Joan likes it. . . . time to go box with my trainer (who has promised not to hurt me). rbp"
...just pre-ordered Blue Eyed Devil, so will have the latest adventure of Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch to help satiate a soon to be widening gulf. Maybe it's late but I expect to really miss Robert Parker once the unpublished novels run out. However, that said, I have mentally committed to redoing them all-start with the 1st Spenser and enjoy the crap out of them all over again (and that will no doubt include waking the spousal unit with out loud laughter!)! Now, if we could just get someone to commit to bringing Spenser and the brood to the big screen.... I just don't know who I'd cast though.... Miss you Dr. Parker......best thoughts for your Joan.