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Perish Twice (2000)

av Robert B. Parker

Serier: Sunny Randall (2)

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"In Perish Twice, Sunny comes to the aid of three very different women, with deadly consequences. Hired by prominent feminist Mary Lou Goddard to protect her from a series of threatening phone calls and shadowy pursuers, Sunny must contend with Goddard's reluctance to reveal all she knows about the unwelcome attentions bestowed on 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, though neither to Sunny's satisfaction." "The murder investigations lead her to the Boston underworld, where her footing, despite backup from her close friend Spike and ex-husband, Richie, is treacherous at best."--BOOK JACKET.… (mer)

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Fast read. Not very nourishing. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Jul 6, 2019 |
Kind of bit-ty with an ending so abrupt I'm still worried my edition's missing the last few pages. Sunny Randall so far is a blonde Spenser and a little too dependent on the men in her life. The plot here was weaker than most Parkers and kinda meaningless. With no client and no resolution, Sunny is kinda extraneous. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
"Boston P.I. Sunny Randall returns to face a trio of multilayered cases, in a mesmerizing new novel from today's foremost writer of American crime fiction . . . "
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 2, 2016 |
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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BOTTOM-LINE:
Good story and first-rate mystery
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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. ( )
  polywogg | Feb 23, 2016 |
Here is what Robert B. Parker does really well: create dialog about tense or ironic situations. For example, here his heroine private eye, Sunny Randall, is confronting minatory Tony Marcus, the head of Boston’s black mafia. Sunny’s ex-husband, Richie Burke is present to offer some protection:

“If something happens to Sunny,” Richie said, “you’re dead.”
“We’re all dead, sooner or later,” Tony said.
“Sooner,” Richie said.

Here is where Parker can be boring: several female characters are having “man problems,” so he suggests they go see a shrink. The benefits of psychoanalysis (of which I am more than mildly skeptical) are a persistent theme in Parker’s crime fiction to the point of being cloying.

Parker can be really funny. In Perish Twice, Sunny’s older sister Elizabeth leaves her husband of many years and meets a new man in a bar. The scene is too long to quote in its entirety, but every sentence lets the reader know that her new guy is a monumental creep: dumpy, open collar showing grey chest hair, pinkie ring, and a large gold neck chain.

And, in Perish Twice, there is a good triple murder (involving unrequited love, lesbians, and hookers) to be solved, which Sunny handles adroitly. The plot is sufficiently complex that Parker has Sunny reprise all that has happened to a Boston homicide detective, and in the process reminds the reader about all the important events thus far related.

This is my favorite Sunny Randall novel. It compares favorably with Shrink Rap, written two years later, which explored many of the same themes.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Oct 25, 2015 |
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Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say iN ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

         —ROBERT FROST
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"In Perish Twice, Sunny comes to the aid of three very different women, with deadly consequences. Hired by prominent feminist Mary Lou Goddard to protect her from a series of threatening phone calls and shadowy pursuers, Sunny must contend with Goddard's reluctance to reveal all she knows about the unwelcome attentions bestowed on 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, though neither to Sunny's satisfaction." "The murder investigations lead her to the Boston underworld, where her footing, despite backup from her close friend Spike and ex-husband, Richie, is treacherous at best."--BOOK JACKET.

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