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Family Honor (Sunny Randall) Paperback – November 1, 2000
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Written specifically with Parker's good friend actress Helen Hunt in mind, Family Honor is all in good fun. At one point, a no-nonsense nun looks down at Sunny's bull terrier, who is lying on her back begging for a tummy rub. "What's wrong with this dog?" Sister said. "It is a dog, isn't it?"
Parker is so good that with one hand tied behind his back he can create characters that are more memorable than most writers can even when pounding away with both fists. In just a few short pages, he tells us all about Sunny's career as a painter--and about the complicated relationship between her cool policeman father and her irritating pseudo-feminist mother. Parker even makes a direct dig at Spenser (who, before turning to private investigating, had a short and fairly unsuccessful career in the boxing world). When the runaway girl questions Sunny's ability to protect her from dangerous criminals--"you're a girl like me, for crissake, what are you going to do?"--Sunny replies, "It would be nice if I weighed two hundred pounds and used to be a boxer. But I'm not, so we find other ways." Exactly. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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The plot follows the efforts of female private eye Sunny Randall to find out why a teenage daughter disappeared from a powerful Boston family. It has enough twists to keep the pages turning eagerly, the characters may not reach Tolstoy depths but there's enough texture and flavor to hit archetypal buttons and the writing overall is professional and enjoyable. It all resolves to a believably gritty but positive conclusion, give or take a few corpses. The high-minded conflict between white hats and black hats ends up nicely smudged, just like in real life.
Above all, I found Family Honor warm-hearted and Sunny Randall a likeable and mostly credible heroine. These days, I'm steering clear of entertainments that leave me feeling bleak, however compelling they may be. I rate Family Honor as a good buy and my appetite is now whetted for some of the other Parker books that other reviewers rate even higher.
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.
The underlying mystery (and it's solution) isn't exceptional but is interesting enough to keep this reader involved. A fifteen year old has run away from home. Finding out why she's run is ultimately more of a mystery than finding the girl herself. It brings in a mix of Boston high society, state politics and some local mob wars. Sunny's ex-father-in-law proves handy. There's a bit of romance too.
Bottom-line: May be redundant for long time Spenser fans but a very enjoyable read for this new fan of Parker's work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not a Sunny Randall fan - sorry! I love Cole And Hitch, I've read all of the Jesse Stone books and liked most of them but I tired of the Spenser. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mark Herbertt
I will never know how Robert Parker can write from inside a woman's body - really Robert, how do you know?
Great story , dialogue, characters ; even better than Spenser. Read more
I'm a huge Robert Parker fan. I've read virtually everything that he's written. I just re-read all of the Jesse Stone books, so I thought that I would check out Sunny Randall since... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Athens
I enjoy the author's sense of humor in his main characters. I truly enjoy the Spenser series and am hoping that Sunny Randall develops into as interesting a character as him.Published 3 months ago by Karla
This book contains Sunny Randall's quote on Politically correct speech, which I paraphrase: Public pronouncements assuming great importance, not limited to but including hiding... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wade Dizdar
again, Robert Parker, you just can't go wrong. less pricey for these older books would be nice! Quick reads, I have read the entire Jesse Stone series so far, just started the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheryl
Parker writes differently when he's writing first person woman and this is witty, and well done and fun to read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written. I like the sunny Randall series. Wish he had written more of them.Published 4 months ago by Patty Cakes
I like the Sunny Randall book series. I started reading them when I finished the Jesse Stone series.Published 6 months ago by Shell669