Robert B. Parker's iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back, and the stakes are higher than ever as she races to protect her ex-husband--and his Mafia family--from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival.
Sunny Randall is "on" again with Richie, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family's business as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston's mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could have anticipated...
Edgar finalist Lupica (Dead Air) does justice to the work of MWA Grand Master Robert B. Parker in this splendid continuation of the late author's Sunny Randall series. Sunny, a smart-aleck Boston PI, is wrestling with what role her ex-husband, Richie Burke, should play in her life. In her loneliness, she turns to psychiatrist Susan Silverman, a regular in Parker's Spenser series, for help in exploring her psyche. The stakes rise when a gunman shoots Richie, the son of powerful Irish mobster Desmond, with the intention of only wounding him, and tells Richie that he was paying for the "sins of the father." Sunny pursues the case, despite warnings to leave it alone from men on both sides of the law; her resolve only strengthens when escalating violence claims someone close to Richie. Lupica hits the sweet spot by balancing Sunny's professional hypercompetence with first-person narration that exposes her fears and self-doubts. Parker fans will look forward to seeing what Lupica does with Sunny in her next outing.
Sunny is Spenser in a Skirt
Lupica does a wonderful job of keeping the voice of RBP alive through his Sunny Randall. His love of Parker’s characters is apparent in their continuous return in the Boston-based series. Worth the read: a well-done nod to the work of his friend. The legacy lives on.
Great story and book. Complex whodunit in the true Parker style and and wit. Very Parkeresque.