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5.0 out of 5 stars Defining What It Means to Be a Healthy Woman Today
Perish Twice is the second in Robert Parker's new series about his female private detective, Ms. Sunny Randall. No one who reads the story will miss the similarities to Spenser. Through the parallels, you can begin to see more clearly Mr. Parker's thesis about what being a good, honest person should be about. What constitutes a proper life for women and men is remarkably...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not Parker's best effort
This is certainly not Robert Parker's best effort. Those accustomed to the fast pace and easy charm of Spenser will be disappointed with the thin story line and rather petulant heroine. I don't think Parker does women particularly well, so Sunny is a two dimensional character and it is difficult to appreciate what motivates her. In Spenser Parker has created a male...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not Parker's best effort, 7 Nov 2001
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This is certainly not Robert Parker's best effort. Those accustomed to the fast pace and easy charm of Spenser will be disappointed with the thin story line and rather petulant heroine. I don't think Parker does women particularly well, so Sunny is a two dimensional character and it is difficult to appreciate what motivates her. In Spenser Parker has created a male archetype, however, as a keen reader of Parker's books I have always felt that he is prone to put women on a pedestal and that often his female characters lack realness or are annoying (Susan for example, a most irritating character). This lack of strong characterisation could be overcome with a strong story line but sadly this one is very thin and failed to engage me. Three quarters way through the book I frankly didn't give a damn what happened to any of the characters. It is understandable that Parker wants to try out other characters, he must be getting a bit sick of Spenser, but I think Jesse Stone is more promising. Despite the great potential of Sunny Randall I don't think the character will work if she is just a female Spenser who sometimes cries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defining What It Means to Be a Healthy Woman Today, 21 July 2004
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Perish Twice is the second in Robert Parker's new series about his female private detective, Ms. Sunny Randall. No one who reads the story will miss the similarities to Spenser. Through the parallels, you can begin to see more clearly Mr. Parker's thesis about what being a good, honest person should be about. What constitutes a proper life for women and men is remarkably similar. As in the Spenser books, most people don't get it. His interpretation of the proper feminist version of goodness and a healthy mind becomes more obvious in Perish Twice than in any other book by Mr. Parker. This transparency is helped by his setting up so many alternative models of women who are either phony, hypocritical, or miserable (or perhaps a little of each). As with the previous Sunny Randall book, Family Honor, this one makes Sunny a little too dependent on her hoodlum ex-in-laws to be totally palatable.
The story has four major plot lines. The primary one revolves around a bodyguard job that Sunny does for a high profile feminist, Ms. Mary Lou Goddard. Someone is threatening Ms. Goddard. Sunny soon spots a stalker and tracks him down. The path from there takes many twists. The second one involves Sunny's sister Elizabeth who wants to know if her husband is cheating on her. Sunny quickly finds out that he is, and Sunny plays chaperone and analyst for her emotionally floundering and confused sister. The third relates to her friend, Julie, who suddenly walks away from her marriage. The fourth continues Sunny's relationship with her ex-husband, Richie. Each plot line crosses the others from time to time, providing for a rewarding set of developments.
The mystery in the book has two very interesting features. First, it develops surprising depth after what appears to be a very simple beginning and initial plot. Second, Mr. Parker leaves the ending at a place where many stories don't end. As a result, you will have many thoughts about what the story means that you would not otherwise have. That's a fine bit of writing. So you have at least two nice surprises to look forward to enjoying.
After you finish this book, you should think about why connecting to other people is so difficult and painful. Another useful question might be why we don't draw more love and support from our connections to one another. What's missing?
Put honoring your values ahead of pursuing your needs, if you want to enjoy self-respect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Parker fan prepare to be disappointed, 15 Feb 2002
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If you are a fan of Robert B. Parker, and particularly of his Spenser series, this is disappointing.
The Sunny Randall books contain alot of parallels to the Spenser books - set in Boston with some overlapping characters (look out for Lee Farrell and Tony Marcus)- but none of the consistency.
In the first book in the series Sunny 'adopts' a teenager with parental problems (ring any bells?) but in this second book the kid gets no mention. This book is built around a prominent Lesbian but at no point is it mentioned that Lee Farrell is gay ... even though he investigates the crime.
A readable book, interesting for it's Spenser parallel's but essentially disappointing.
Hurry back Spenser!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, 9 April 2014
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I really do not like writing reviews. I am happy to give a star rating only.This should be sufficient to say what I think of the book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perish Twice, 13 Sep 2013
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Enjoyed this book and would probably purchase more by this author..The only thing is, I thought that it was a little dated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 17 Aug 2013
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books are very good to read, when you are waiting for a train, bus or a plain or if you are waiting for someone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story; Great author, 12 Aug 2013
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Will certainly read more by R B Parker as this was the first novel I have read by him which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read, 7 Aug 2013
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All of Robert B Parker's characters are believable and entertaining.
You meet friends from one series of novels in his other series and get to know them and their Idiosyncrasies.
Another great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 15 July 2013
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Moves fast and keeps your interest up to the very end. One of Robert Parker's good ones. (They're mostly good).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker at his best, 7 Jun 2013
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Crisp dialogue and fast paced action the trademark of any Parker novel.
Sunny is a private investigator and a former cop. Here she finds the case she takes on is not as straight forward as she thinks leading the reader to try and keep up.
Plenty of plot twist good character development. A great read.
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