New Authors to Continue Robert Parker’s Spenser, Jesse Stone Series

Bestselling author Robert B. Parker may have passed away last year at the age of 77, but his popular Spenser and Jesse Stone series will live on. His estate has signed off on a deal with Putnam, an imprint of Penguin, for authors Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins to continue writing his books.

Michael Brandman will be writing the Jesse Stone series, which he should be familiar with since he produced and wrote the screenplays for the CBS TV movies based on the books. Atkins, a former journalists and the author of nine novels, will be handling the Spenser series. According to Publisher’s Weekly, both will be overseen by Parker’s longtime editor Chris Pepe.

In a statement, Joan Parker, Robert Parker’s widow, said that she was “delighted that the worlds of Spenser and Jesse Stone will live on in the capable, talented hands of such gifted writers.”

Sixkill, a Spenser novel Parker finished before he passed away, will be released on May 3rd. The first Jesse Stone book from Brandman, Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues, will be in bookstores on September 13, 2011. The first Spenser book by Atkins will be released in Spring 2012.

So what do you think about the continuation of Parker’s series? Do you think anyone can fill Robert Parker’s shoes?

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