Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring police chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010. Ace Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of twenty-five books, including nine books in his Quinn Colson series. Selected by the Robert B. Parker estate, he has written several New York Times-bestselling novels in continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Atkins lives in Oxford, Mississippi.