This is the 1st Sunny Randall book. If you like any of Robert Parker's characters (Jesse Stone, Spenser), then you will like Sunny Randall. In fact, I think I like her better than either of the other two! She is smart, sassy & has a cast of supporting characters - including a not-too-ex-husband - that these books extremely readable & very fun!
Sunny is completely different than Spenser...okay, not completely...okay, not that much...but there is a reason why Robert B. Parker is well-loved and it's because his private eyes are snarky, smart, and surprisingly complex. Sunny is no exception. It is easy to overlook some striking similarities to Spenser because Sunny is such a fun character on her own, and in this book you get to see her at her best!
this was the first Sunny Randall book I had read and I loved it. Looking forward to reading more.
Sunny Randal is smart, funny, sexy, and very tough, just what you would want a PI to be! Great story!
Parker's books are so funny and so scary, both at the same time. Unforgettable stories and characters, this one starring Sunny Randall.
The female equivalent of Spenser. A great new series.
The first in the Sunny Randall series.
Parker was a good writer--pithy, to the point, no wasted words. His Sunny Randall series isn't quite as good as his Spenser series, but it's still a great read.
I really love reading Robert B. Parker's books. The writing is sharp and witty.
This is the first of Parker's Sunny Randall novels and the first that I have read. I thought it was very enjoyable - a fast-paced thriller very similar to the Spenser novels but with a female PI. The plot involved the disappearance of a 15-year old girl who turns to prostitution on the streets of Boston. Sunny finds her but there is more to her story than simply running away from her parents who have pretty much neglected her for all of her life. It turns out the mob is looking for her for witnessing a conspiracy involving a hit on someone involved with her mother. Anyway, in the end Sunny sorts this all out with the help of her ex-husband, Ritchie whose family is tied to the mob in Boston. Overall, I would recommend this one and will be reading more in the series.
Enjoyed Sunny Randle very much. Parker has created another great PI .
American crime fiction with a new female P I. good read
Didn't care much for this one.
Another great Sunny Randall story. Parker at his best.
Let's get this settled right away: Sunny Randall is nothing like Spenser. True, she's a private eye in Boston with good connections to the cops, and she also knows a lot of bad guys. And yes, she happens to have a trusty sidekick named Spike, and a close friend who could easily be related to Susan Silverman, (Spenser's long-term companion). Oh, did I mention the cute dog? Aside from that, though, there's absolutely no similarity between this new series from Robert B. Parker and his long-running Spenser books. Just because the case Sunny is working on--finding a missing 15-year-old girl who has run away from her very rich parents--sounds similar to the Spenser favorite Thin Air doesn't mean Parker is repeating himself here. Think of it as more like a homage, the kind of thing the author took on when he agreed to finish Raymond Chandler's Poodle Springs. Only in this case it's a homage to himself--but what the hell.
Written specifically with Parker's good friend actress Helen Hunt in mind, Family Honor is all in good fun. At one point, a no-nonsense nun looks down at Sunny's bull terrier, who is lying on her back begging for a tummy rub. "What's wrong with this dog?" Sister said. "It is a dog, isn't it?"
Parker is so good that with one hand tied behind his back he can create characters that are more memorable than most writers can even when pounding away with both fists. In just a few short pages, he tells us all about Sunny's career as a painter--and about the complicated relationship between her cool policeman father and her irritating pseudo-feminist mother. Parker even makes a direct dig at Spenser (who, before turning to private investigating, had a short and fairly unsuccessful career in the boxing world). When the runaway girl questions Sunny's ability to protect her from dangerous criminals--"you're a girl like me, for crissake, what are you going to do?"--Sunny replies, "It would be nice if I weighed two hundred pounds and used to be a boxer. But I'm not, so we find other ways." Exactly. --Dick Adler
This female character- Sunny Randall - is absolutely delightful. Great reading: once I start reading, can't put it down. I like Robert Parker again.
This was volume 1, the first time we meet Sunny Randall.I have enjoyed later adventures but in Book 1, you meet a new friend and get to know her. A fresh new face. I try to seek out first impressions.
Parker introduces a new character in the form of Sunny Randall, private eye. The first chapter is Sunny's background that is quite complete. Parker's funny writing style does not return until mid-book. Then the fun begins.
Private eye Sunny Randall is thrown into a Boston mob war that involves politics and killers.
Parker is very entertaining.
PRIVATE EYE SUNNY RANDALL IS AS GOOD AS SPENSER COULD EVER BE. IF YOU LIKE THE SPENSER NOVELS, YOU WILL LIKE SUNNY ALSO.
An entertaining read. "The author of the bestselling Spenser novels introduces a heroine unlike any other - private eye Sunny Randall. She is street smart, sexy and suddenly thrown into a Boston mob war where high stakes politics and low-down killers conspire to make Sunny's first case her last..."
Introduces private eye Sunny Randall. She's street-smart, sexy, and suddenly thrown into a Boston mob war where high-stakes politics and low-down killers conspire to make Sunny's first case her last . . .