On January 18th of this year, one year after Robert B. Parker's death, I posted some speculation that the Spenser series might continue with a new author. Today, Parker's estate and longtime publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons announced it will indeed happen. New Spenser novels will be written by Ace Atkins beginning in 2012, and Parker's movie-producing partner Michael Brandman will write new Stone novels.
Now that the news has broken, I'm ambivalent, but more optimistic than most Parker fans I've heard from. Feel free to comment yourself.