Perish Twice

Perish Twice

Book - 2000
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When Robert B. Parker set his sights on creating a female protagonist to lead his newest series, the response was overwhelming. "Humane, shrewd, snappy, wonderfully diverting ...a gift," said The Washington Post of Family Honor. Newsweek called it "a first-rate piece of entertainment," and Parker was praised as "a master of the genre at work, writing with uncanny skill" by the Chicago Sun-Times. In Perish Twice, Sunny Randall comes to the aid of three very different women, with deadly consequences. Hired by prominent feminist Mary Lou Goddard to protect her from threatening phone calls and shadowy pursuers, Sunny must contend with Goddard's reluctance to reveal all she knows about the unwelcome attention bestowed upon her. When a member of Goddard's staff is gunned down, it's called a case of mistaken identity. And when the murder suspect is found to have eaten his own gun, two cases are settled, neither to Sunny's satisfaction. At the same time, Sunny must help both her dearest friend and her older sister, each of whom face wrenching personal battles. When the murder investigations lead her to the Boston underworld, Sunny's footing-despite backup from her close friend Spike and ex-husband, Richie-is treacherous at best.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2000
ISBN: 9780399146688
0399146687
Branch Call Number: FIC Parke 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 291 p

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PolyWogg
Sep 03, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Good story and first-rate mystery
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Sunny Randall is back, and she has a new part-time job as advisor to the love-lorn. Her first customer is Mary Lou Goddard, a prominent feminist (à la Rachel Wallace, from the Spenser series) who thinks she's being stalked. When Sunny figures out who the stalker is, Goddard wants to drop it all and fires her. Doesn't stop her from continuing to investigate, even though she has no client. The second customer is her sister -- who hires her to catch the sister's husband in the process of cheating. Which Sunny does, and then spends the rest of the book dealing with the dysfunctional sister. And the third and final customer is her normal confidant and best friend, Julie, who runs into marital problems in this book.
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WHAT I LIKED:
This is a first-rate mystery, with typical Parker twists and turns and links to criminal types. It provides a different spin on the normal Spenser series, while still staying within the same ballpark.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The storyline with the sister is hard to take because you just want to mentally slap her; which is okay because Sunny wants to slap her too, although I can't figure out why she doesn't. The third storyline with Julie is okay, but started to grate near the end.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.

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7626dee
Jan 06, 2017

Second of the Sunny Randall books, seems to serve as an introduction of characters and reaches no solution, very unusual for a Parker novel.

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RichardPaul
Jun 08, 2012

Perish Twice ---- by Robert B. Parker (Sunny Randall Novel # 2) c - 2000 ---- This 'Sunny Randall Novel', was for myself very hard to put down. I could not waitto return and read more. ---- Mr. Parker gave is full skill of story telling to this story. ---- Enjoy! ---- (finished 5-9-12)RichardPaul

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RichardPaul
Jun 08, 2012

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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