First Robert B. Parker, now Dick Francis has passed away at the venerable age of 90. Unlike Parker, I never read Francis, who set his novels in the world of horse racing, which little appeals to me. Moreover, I’m more (if not exclusively) of a fan of the hardboilded school.
That said, working in a library has made me well aware that Mr. Francis had a LOT of loyal fans. As I noted when Mr. Parker passed, when a writer dies, he takes a universe, and sometimes several, with him.
Rest in peace, sir.