One of the things I hate about growing older is watching the idols of my youth fade.
The literary world lost another icon Tuesday when Tom Clancy died at age 66. In the past few months three authors I've enjoyed and have tried (woefully unsuccessfully) to emulate have died: Elmore Leonard, Vince Flynn and now Clancy.
I paid a small tribute to another favorite, Robert B. Parker, by referencing his death by naming a character in Daze in the Valley after one of his creations but my writing is slow these days so I'll note Tom Clancy's loss here and offer a public thanks for the years of entertainment he's given me.
Rest in peace Tom Clancy (1947-2013).