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Family Honor (A Sunny Randall Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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Her name is Sunny Randall, a Boston P.I. and former cop, a college graduate, an aspiring painter, a divorcee, and the owner of a miniature bullterrier named Rosie. Hired by a wealthy family to locate their teenage daughter, Sunny is tested by the parents' preconceived notion of what a detective should be. With the help of underworld contacts she tracks down the runaway Millicent, who has turned to prostitution, rescues her from her pimp, and finds herself, at thirty-four, the unlikely custodian of a difficult teenager when the girl refuses to return to her family. But Millicent's problems are rooted in much larger crimes than running away, and Sunny, now playing the role of bodyguard, is caught in a shooting war with some very serious mobsters. She turns for help to her ex-husband, Richie, himself the son of a mob family, and to her dearest friend, Spike, a flamboyant and dangerous gay man. Heading this unlikely alliance, Sunny must solve at least one murder, resolve a criminal conspiracy that reaches to the top of state government, and bring Millicent back into functional young womanhood.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 493 KB
    • Print Length: 322 pages
    • Publisher: No Exit Press; New edition edition (28 Feb. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HBU1VQY
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just like Spenser...............only female! 1 July 2001
    By A Customer
    I really enjoyed the book - Robert B Parker is, after all, a brilliant writer - so it's very witty, fast moving, good plot - everything you've come to expect from a Parker novel. But all the time I just felt I was reading a Spenser novel - OK, Sunny Randall is female but she has the "odd ball" friends (for Hawk, read Spike), all the mob are still there (yes, you've guessed - Tony Marcos!) and the screwed-up 'adopted' kid (for Paul, read Millie). Even Pearl, oops sorry, Rosie, is there. Bit disappointing but hey, if it means more Parker, I can live with it!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Like Sunny! 5 Mar. 2003
    Yes, there's similarity to Parker's "Early Autumn" in that the detective sort of adopts a teenager who's aimlessly floating around, and yes, bits of the dialogue are identical to Spenser dialogue, but that's not really sufficient to take away from the enjoyment of this book.

    Sunny isn't really a female Spenser. She's less comfortable dealing with the gangster connections than Spenser is. While she's a good shot, she doesn't seem to be a true physical match for the bad guys.
    In this first outing, she's hired to find a missing 15 year old daughter, but on finding her also discovers that she'll be in considerable danger if she's returned to her family. The story goes on from there. We meet Tony Marcus who we know from Spenser books. And a flip remark is made at one point which indicates that Sunny knows of Spenser and his reputation.
    Parker likes to throw in little teasers. When we realize that the girl and her mother will each likely be visiting psychologists, we can't help wondering if one of them won't end up with that lady counsellor we know so well. After all, this is set in Boston.
    There's bound to be a bit of a tie-in with other Parker series and therefore, I recommend reading all Parker stories in sequence.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Everyone seems to possess a different handle of what makes Sunny Randle tick. To herself, Sunny simply ends up being a big question mark. She lives alone although she loves her ex-spouse Ritchie deeply. However, her family represents law enforcement while his kin symbolize organized crime. For years, her father has tried to put her ex father-in-law behind bars. She quit the police force, becoming a private investigator. Sunny also works as an artist while attending school part-time.
    Brock and Billy Patton hire Sunny to locate and bring home their runaway teenage daughter, Millicent. Though she accepts the case, Sunny senses something is not right within the Patton household. Sunny finds Millicent hooking in Boston, but the adolescent refuses to return to the home of her parents. Unable to desert Millicent to the streets nor force her to go to her parents' home, the kind hearted detective takes her back to her own house. However, two thugs arrive, trying to abduct Millicent. As Sunny protects her new charge, she investigates why there is such a sudden interest in just what seems to be another runaway.
    FAMILY HONOR turns out to be Robert B. Parker's first tale starring a female protagonist. Anyone who reads it will think the author has been dabbling with female sleuths for decades. Sunny is a well-rounded individual with a marshmallow heart, an Einstein brain, and a need to do the right thing without hurting anyone(but does not play end for the Cardinals). In spite her being a soft touch, Sunny is tough, which makes her similar in nature to Spencer. Fans of Mr. Parker will relish the tale of a realistic, original, and strong woman starring in a will written who-done-it.

    Harriet Klausner
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    Sonya (Sunny) Randall is the daughter of a retired cop, ex-wife of Richie who is the son of a mobster, beautiful, yet capable of deadly force and a private investigator in the Boston area. She is also a painter and pursuing a degree in the fine arts. The parents of Millicent Patton, a fifteen-year-old girl who has run away from home, hire her. Sunny immediately realizes that all is not well in the Patton household, as there seems to be no great concern or passion in her parents regarding her disappearance. It is also clear that Millicent is probably hooking to stay alive, as there is very little else that she can do.
    Although she is reluctant to seek his aid, Sunny asks Richie to help her locate Millicent, which turns out to be rather easy. Once Millicent is found, Sunny finds herself becoming a parent to Millicent and when two men arrive at Sunny's apartment, she blows one away with a shotgun while dressed in nothing but a silk robe that flows in awkward and revealing ways. There are many characters in the story, Spike the gay man who dresses like a dandy but is as deadly as a venomous snake. Mobsters and vicious killers are everywhere, and she actively seeks out their assistance, talking with them as an equal. Sunny also makes friends with cops, eventually having intimate relations with one.
    While she is female, Sunny shares many characteristics with Spenser; one of Parker's other great P. I. characters. She is sentimental and emotionally entangled much beyond what her job requires. Spike is very similar to Hawk of the Spenser series, a dear friend who stands by her even in the face of danger and without pay. Nevertheless, the combination of similarities and differences makes it a great story worthy of the Parker tradition of deadly sentimentalists.
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