Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser, Randall, and Stone novels, died Monday at age 77. He was one of my favorite writers, and this sucks. For those who know Spenser only from the Robert Urich series, you don't know what yer missin'. Sure, it was great hard-boiled Private Eye stuff. But it had intelligence, heart, modern characters, and wit as well (Parker had both Master's and PhD degrees in English Literature).