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Family Honor (Sunny Randall Book 1) by [Robert B. Parker]

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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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Parker has ventured into new territory by custom designing a new character for the movies. Boston PI Sunny Randall, Parker's first female sleuth, was created expressly for actress Helen Hunt, who will play petite, blonde Sunny in the film version due out next year. A female in the lead role may sound like a radical departure for Parker, but sadly, once one penetrates the disguises, everything here looks all too familiar. If Sunny were big, beefy, and male, she'd be Spenser; Susan Silverman in the Spenser series has morphed into Julie, a suburban social worker; Rosie, a bull terrier, takes over for Pearl the Wonder Dog; and sidekick Hawk is now played by Spike, a tough-talking gay gourmet. The plot is pretty much a rerun from Parker's earlier books, too. Businessman Brock Patton hires Sunny to track down his missing teenage daughter Millicent. Sunny finds the kid but is reluctant to return her to her family, despite Millicent's bad attitude. Something is bothering the girl, and when two thugs show up at Sunny's loft with guns blazing, it's clear that Millicent is in deep trouble. Parker's quick quips, droll wit, and staccato dialogue are all on display here, so in spite of the tired plot and reworked characters, there's still plenty to enjoy. Besides, Parker remains one of the top sellers in the genre, and if he chooses to dress his hero up in drag, his fans will want to be first in line to admire the emperor's new clothes. Emily Melton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005F48CEW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam's Sons (November 1, 2000)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 1, 2000
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1282 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 342 pages
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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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