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Parker’s series live on

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
April 28, 2011

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Robert B. Parker is no longer with us, but his literary creations are. Parker’s estate — his wife, Joan, and sons Dan and David — along with his publisher have chosen two writers to carry on Parker’s celebrated “Spenser’’ and “Jesse Stone’’ series. Michael Brandman, a longtime friend and collaborator of the author’s, will handle the “Jesse Stone’’ books, while Ace Atkins will tackle Spenser. Though well-known to the folks at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, both writers submitted sample pages to the publisher. “We’re absolutely thrilled with the quality of their work,’’ Joan Parker told us yesterday. She said she’s known Brandman for many years, but only recently met Atkins. “Bob’s nickname for many years was ‘Ace’ Parker, so when Putnam called and said they’d found a good potential partner and his name is Ace, I said, ‘Really?’ ’’ Brandman’s “Jesse Stone’’ title will be published this fall, and Atkins’s take on Parker’s long-running “Spenser’’ series starts in spring 2012. Parker died last year at age 77.