Number 2 in the Sunny Randall series. Typical of Robert B. Parker.
Boston PI Sunny Randle, given her second outing here, is to Parker's veteran PI Spenser as Pepsi is to Coke: a bit lighter and sweeter, but still the real deal. And in the literary equivalent of a blind taste test, you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart; this second Sunny novel, even more than her first (Family Honor), is a Spenser book wearing a skirt. About now, the author's fans might be yearning for a change of pace of the sort Parker has offered in his stand-alones and his Jesse Stone series; still, what's here is quite good. The novel revolves around assorted couples' dysfunctional liaisons. In one significant subplot, Sunny's obnoxious and spoiled sister, Elizabeth, hires Sunny to trail her husband, whom she suspects of having an affair; when Sunny catches the lothario, Elizabeth leaves him and begins to sleep around. In another, Sunny's old therapist pal, Julie, is having troubles with her beloved and is also starting to date. And in the novel's main plotline, a lesbian activist who hires Sunny to protect her from a stalker also turns out to be stuck in a web of infidelityAand murder. Two killingsAa man Sunny pinpoints as the stalker, and a woman who works for the activistAeventually bring Sunny into the orbit of scary black gangster Tony Marcus, who runs prostitution in Boston. The scenes involving Sunny, Marcus and Marcus's underlings crackle with tension and sometimes violence; the rest of the novel presents a wholly absorbing puzzle of confused motives and whodunits that Sunny picks at as doggedly as any PI going. With its smooth blend of mystery, action and psychological probings, this is yet another first-rate, though not innovative, offering from a reliable old master. 15-city author tou
One of prolific Parker's most enjoyable novels, in my estimation. Sunny Randall is an engaging and realistic heroine.
I read this a while ago and it has been sitting on my shelf waiting for a new owner...It remember it being a good read...fast and fun. Like all the Spenser novels!
Even though the police consider the case closed, Sunny wants to pursue the investigation and discover the truth.
Of all the great novels written by Parker, this has to be considered one of his two or three best novels. Boston P.I. Sunny Randall, coming to the aid of three very different women in three very dangerous situations. One, is for business. One, is for a friend. One, is for family. And all could be fatal
I like the Sunny Randall books.
Robert parker returns with his newest heroine Boston P.I Sunny Randall, coming to the aid of three very different women in three very dangerous situations. One is for business, ones if for a friend and one is for a family, and all could be fatal.
I really enjoyed this book .It is the first book I've read by Robert Parker that wasn't a spencer novel.
Good second entry in the Sunny Randall series from Parker. In this one Sunny is trying to solve the case of a murder that has been closed by the police, but Sunny is persistent like a bull dog. She also plays relationship counselor to her sister and friend, Julie, when their marriages seem to be falling apart. The murder she is working on involves a lesbian feminist couple, prostitutes, and gang members and she ends up getting help from her ex's gangland family to finally solve the case. Overall, I would mildly recommend this one but didn't seem to enjoy it as much as the first book in the series - Family Honor.
Very Good Parker Book featuring a female detective. Enjoyed it a lot. Getting ready to read Book 2
This is a book about Sunny Randall not Spenser.
This female detective, Sunny, is Spenser all over again. Same fun style of dialog.
The 2nd Sunny Randall book. Fun, fun, fun!!
Well written plot, as usual with Parker. However, the main character just doesn't ring true for me.
Boston P.I. comes to the Aid of 3 VERY different women in three VERY DANGEROUS situations......and ALL could be FATAL.
very quick read.ending was a little wierd.
ROBERT B PARKER--SUNNY RANDALL MYSTERY
Another great Sunny Randall book.