A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
2/2/1980 Early Autumn arrives in February
February 2, 1980. This day saw the publication of Early Autumn, Robert B. Parker's seventh novel about Boston private eye Spenser. In the series it is most notable for introducing the character Paul Giacoman, a teenager Spenser is hired to protect. Paul appears in several more books, essentially as a surrogate son for our hero. Parker won the Maltese Falcon Award in Japan for the book.