Perish Twice

Perish Twice

Large Print - 2000
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Boston P.I. 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 attentions bestowed on her.

At the same time, Sunny's older sister has discovered that her husband is seeing another woman; and Sunny's best friend Julie has embarked on an ill-advised affair with a singularly unsuitable man.

The complex emotional terrain Sunny must navigate on behalf of her sister and her best friend is difficult enough, but when the stalking case becomes a murder investigation, Sunny finds herself in the Boston underworld, where her footing, despite backup from her close friend Spike and ex-husband, Richie, is treacherous at best.

Filled with sharply drawn characters, crackling dialogue, and spot-on psychological insight, this is Parker's most satisfying and resonant novel yet.

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., c2000
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781568959924
Branch Call Number: LP F Par


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Sep 03, 2017

Good story and first-rate mystery
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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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