I just finished reading all 39 of the Robert Parker Spenser detective series that he completed before his death. Following the development of his characters as they aged and deepened their relationships with one another has been an education for me as a writer and a reader.
Tough man Spenser who, along with his posse of other tough guys, like Hawk, Chollo, and Vinnie Morris, has a code of honor and commitment where they do what they say they will do. Psychologist Susan Silverman, with her Harvard PhD reveals her own toughness through her love for Spenser. More on what I am reading later