There will never be another writer like him and there will never be another fictional recurring character/wise cracking/tender hearted/hard headed, and tough as nails private-eye. He is most famous for his twenty something books featuring Spenser and his pals, Hawk, Susan, and several recurring cops. But lately he had started to branch out into the western genre with great stories like Apaloosa staring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. The short lived tv show Spenser for Hire staring the late Robert Urich. I believe the show went belly up because The just never captured the essece of the man. too bad. He was a very gifted and prolific writer and will be missed by his many fans, of which I am one.