Top positive review
Another fine series from Parker.
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2015
Since he had found a good thing, Parker could have gone on writing just Spenser books. However, he produced three more series: the Sunny Randalls, the Jesse Stones, and the Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns. Each one of these creates a slightly different narrator. Spenser is an heir of Archie Goodwin's sarcastic wit. Jesse Stone is less outgoing and viewed by an impersonal narrator. Everett Hitch views the Parker hero from the outside, allowing Parker to blur the line between macho hero and psychopath. Sunny Randall is Parker's stab at a strong female narrator. Randall is capable, intelligent, fun, but less macho (thankfully) than any of Parker's other heroes. She's not afraid to ask for help when she needs it (as does Spenser, but he never fully admits he needs help; he would press on with or without). Melancholy Baby is an interesting twist on the dysfunctional family at the heart of so many Parker stories. Sunny Randall's client is convinced that the people claiming to be her birth parents are lying. The client is, to say the least, an unreliable witness, but Sunny is convinced that something is wrong in that family. At least three people die before the truth comes out. The conclusion actually solves very little, in the sense that all is blue skies ahead. One finds the truth but takes no satisfaction in it. In the meantime, Sunny is forced to confront her own family issues.