Robert Parker, author of the Spenser private detective novels and several other mystery series, has died, reports the Washington Post here. Parker's detective Spenser was a lover of good food, and during his searches for clues and witnesses, he often stopped to eat. He enjoyed a good donut with police friends or high-level gourmet food with his girlfriend Susan. I wrote about food as used in one of the Parker books here: Tuna-Noodle Casserole, Literary Version.
Parker was incredibly prolific, and I'll miss his regularly appearing books. According to the Post article Parker "was still at work, and preliminary reports indicated that he died at his desk."