Robert B. Parker, creator of the ageless PI Spenser, as well as Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Parker died at his writing desk on Monday, January 18. The perfect way for an author to go.
Here's a great farewell essay from The Lipstick Chronicles blog that gives all the info on Parker and his career, written in the voice of Spenser himself:
Remembering Robert B. Parker by William Simon
And another, more personal tribute from another crime fiction writer:
Robert B. Parker, an Appreciation by Jim Fusilli
Rest in peace, Robert, and thanks for all the great stories and characters. I'll miss them, especially Spenser.