Dick Francis died at age 89 today. Salinger, Parker, Francis all gone this year.
Okay. I won't actively miss Salinger. Frankly, I didn't get Catcher. But I did teach it because some of my kids did get it. Especially the boys.
But Francis and Parker brought me great entertainment and delight. I shall miss them incredibly.
I know that many thought that Francis didn't write his novels, at least alone. But regardless, my mother-in-law introduced me to him in the 1970's and I've read ALL his mysteries -- sometimes twice. Once summer I read them in chronological order.
The same for Parker. I've read all three series, and even the Raymond Chandler addition -- and loved every one. None as much as the Spenser series, but in dark times, in depression, in the times when I've needed escape dreadfully, nothing could replace a good Parker novel.
I shall miss the good times these authors brought into my life.