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“Robert Parker’s Grudge Match” by Mike Lupica

“Robert Parker’s Grudge Match” by Mike Lupica

Sunny Randall Book 8

When Sunny’s long-time gangster associate Tony Marcus comes to her for help, Sunny is surprised–after all, she double crossed him on a recent deal, and their relationship is on shakier ground than ever. But the way Tony figures it, Sunny owes him, and Sunny’s willing to consider his case if it will clear the slate.

Tony’s trusted girlfriend and business partner has vanished, appears to have left in a hurry, and he has no idea why. He just wants to talk to her, he says, but first he needs Sunny to track her down. While Sunny isn’t willing to trust his good intentions, the missing woman intrigues her–against all odds, she’s risen to a position of power in Tony’s criminal enterprise. Sunny can’t help but admire her, and if this woman’s in a jam, Sunny would like to help.

But when a witness is murdered hours after speaking to Sunny, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just Tony’s love life. Someone–maybe even Tony himself–doesn’t want this woman on the loose…and will go to any lengths to make sure she stays silent.

Sunny Randall is up in my Top 10 of female detectives so I was very pleased to be granted a review copy of this latest release. This actually turned out to be a quick read from me because I just couldn’t put it down. Sunny’s got a bad history with Tony Marcus but now he needs her help and is willing to let bygones be bygones, or so he says. While Sunny is looking for his missing girlfriend, the competition is trying to move in on Tony and is not afraid of using Sunny as a part of their takeover attempt. Then she is suddenly confronted with the re-appearance of her ex-husband’s son in their lives.

There are a lot of moving parts in this story but the author expertly wove them together into a story that keeps you guessing. Sunny is brash and ballsy on the job, but finds herself getting more and more wrapped up with the little boy. I love that these stories are set in Boston, a city I have visited but don’t really have a good knowledge of. A lot of the enjoyment for me in reading is getting to visit places I don’t know much about. Sunny is a character that has developed over the course of the series into a tough and loyal detective, with a enough of a feminine side to be relatable for us ordinary folk. As for the mob guys, well, I like the uniqueness of their characters but as people I wouldn’t want to get anywhere near them. That Sunny can hold her own in their presence amazes me.

I am recommending this book because I really enjoy the writing and pacing of the story, I love the character of Sunny, and the location is on that intrigues me. If you haven’t discovered Sunny Randall yet that you need to, plain and simple.

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Book Review: “High Profile” by Robert B. Parker

Book Review: “High Profile” by Robert B. Parker

Jesse Stone is such a heartthrob! I enjoy him more every time I read one of the books in the series. This one also features Sunny Randall who is another one of my favorite detectives.

There are two plotlines going in this story. First, a nationally known journalist is found dead in Paradise and a few hours later a young woman is found dead in a dumpster. Turns out the woman is the journalist’s girlfriend and Jesse has high profile murders on his hands. As the investigation begins, Jesse gets a call from his ex-wife Jenn, who now lives in Boston, claiming that she was raped. Jesse recruits Sunny to investigate Jenn’s story and protect her until the rapist is found. The story moves back and forth between the two investigations. The investigation into the murders starts off slow, but as usual, Jesse is dogged in his persistence. Meanwhile, Jenn’s story heats up as Sunny spots someone stalking her.

This is another great mystery from one of the masters of the genre. I highly recommend it!

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“Now and Then” by Robert B. Parker

“Now and Then” by Robert B. Parker

This is not so much a review as my personal thoughts. First, I am ashamed of myself for not having picked up a Robert Parker book before now. I have missed so much and I have so much catching up to do now. I regret, a little bit, that this book is actually near the end of the Spenser series. However, the author did a great job of incorporating the bits of history that were needed to understand the story in this book.
My knowledge of Spenser, previous to this book, is based on the 1980s TV show Spenser: For Hire. I have to say that the character as portrayed in the TV series didn’t really resonate with me. My next encounter with a Robert Parker character was in the Jesse Stone movies. Well, I loved the character of Jesse Stone, so when I had an opportunity to take my pick of books from a small library collection, I decided to give Parker a try. I am so glad I did.

I really liked the straightforward writing style, which seemed appropriate for the characters and the story he was telling. I also enjoyed the relationship between Spenser and Susan. It was evident in this book that they had been together for a long time, worked through the challenges presented by their work and personalities, and were still delighted by each other’s company. Sometimes it seems to me that there are no longer any successful relationships in fiction, so this was refreshing.

Hawk, Chollo, and Vinnie, what a group of compatriots. I love the fact that these guys are so loyal to Spenser and Susan, and that they can go back and forth from being all business to jovial companions. In this book they are charged with guarding Susan from a killer while Spenser is working to build the case against him. He’s already killed a client of Spenser’s, the client’s wife, and perhaps more as Spenser digs deeper into his past.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of detective fiction, or lovers of a well-written story.

Now and Then (The Spenser Series Book 35)