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Robert B. Parker's Payback (Sunny Randall) Hardcover – May 4, 2021
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"Lupica powers his way through the plot in fast-talking Parker style, reveling in the banter and the nicely delineated relationships between Sunny and various other Parker players....It's all smart-alecky good fun in the hard-boiled tradition."—Booklist
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- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593087852
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593087855
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.46 x 1.25 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lets stop with the messed up character Spenser can't be the only one who got it right ..She belong with Richie put her firmly there and run with it. Let Jessie deal with his own problems up in Paradise.
Familiar characters from the series:
Sunny Randall, Private Investigator
Spike, gay bar owner and Sunny's friend/backup guy
Jesse Stone, Paradise Police Chief and Sonny's lover
Richie , her ex spouse, who still loves her and she reciprocates
Phil Randall, her dad, a retired cop
Dr. Susan Silverman. Sunny's psychiatrist
Rita Fiore, lawyer friend of Sunny and Jesse
Tony Marcus, mob boss who has a past with Sunny
This book has Sunny working on 2 cases for friends:
Spike has lost his restaurant to a predatory lender who loaned Spike money during the Covid crisis as a "friend"
Lee Farrell, Sunny's cop friend asks her to find his missing niece, Emily
These 2 cases come together and put Sunny's life in danger, along with her family and friends.
How she solves these cases made for an entertaining story which I read in 3 days.
One quote on Sunny's fashion sense: "My lock picking set was in the cool new Isabel Marant bag I'd gotten on sale when Jesse and I had made a weekend trip to New York City. I imagined it was the first time a Marant bag had contained a hook, tension wrench, twist free wrench, offset pick, half-diamond short and medium hooks and a bogate rake."
Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam for sending me this eARC through NetGalley.
Next, Sunny's friend, Lee Farrell, a local policeman, seeks her help with his niece, Emily. A victim of assault, Emily refuses to let her uncle or Sunny help, claiming it is no big deal.
Sunny begins digging into Drysdale's background, and soon Eddie Ross visits her. Eddie threatens Sunny, warning her to stay out of Drysdale's business unless she wants "them" messing in her business.
So Sunny decides to tail Drysdale, and late one night, she observes him leaving a building with Eddie Ross and Emily quickly following him. A search of Emily's college digs uncovers several decks of marked cards and accessories. As Sunny starts putting things together, Drysdale succumbs to a mob-like hit. And Sunny continues to receive threats – to her family and friends as well as herself. Bottom line: high-stakes poker games are the key.
Payback is a compelling example of why Mike Lupica is an exceptional choice to continue the Sunny Randall series for the Parker estate. Lupica provides insight as Sunny deals with ex-husband Richie's emotional pull while she currently dates Jesse Stone. At the same time, Sunny juggles how to help Spike and uncover what connects Emily to Eddie and Drysdale. Payback is surprisingly complex and a suspense-driven story. Lupica proves that Sunny Randall is in good hands.