Long absence for me due to a long road trip, followed by a week rafting at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, followed by another long road trip — but this post isn’t just about how awesome the life of a freelance writer can be. It’s about something I listened to on the road.
This year, a new Spenser novel came out, written by Ace Atkins. The brand was just too powerful (read: profitable) to let my favorite gumshoe die. I listened to Lullaby while on the road.
It’s a competent Spenser novel that to my ear catches Parker’s style and the characters very well. It hit all the right notes, and Atkins was careful to bring in all the elements of the series that make it such a hit. He even touched on a few pieces that we haven’t heard about since the earliest novels (wood carving and Brenda Loring, for example).
He did a good job, but what do you all think about this as a concept. It’s not the first time a deceased author’s story has been carried on by another. Parker himself wrote a sequel to The Big Sleep — so he has less complaint coming than many others.
What do you think about this idea? Good or bad? Pros and cons?