Blue Screen (Sunny Randall Series #5)

Blue Screen (Sunny Randall Series #5)

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by Robert B. Parker, Kate Burton
     
 

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Sunny Randall, the Boston P.I. with a personal life as tangled as that of her clients, is hired on as a bodyguard to an up-and-coming starlet, and discovers some ugly truths behind her glossy façade.

Buddy Bollen is a C-list movie mogul who made his fortune producing films of questionable artistic merit. When Buddy hires Sunny Randall to protect his rising star

Overview

Sunny Randall, the Boston P.I. with a personal life as tangled as that of her clients, is hired on as a bodyguard to an up-and-coming starlet, and discovers some ugly truths behind her glossy façade.

Buddy Bollen is a C-list movie mogul who made his fortune producing films of questionable artistic merit. When Buddy hires Sunny Randall to protect his rising star and girlfriend, Erin Flint, Sunny knows from the start that the prickly, spoiled beauty won't make her job easy. And when Erin's sister, Misty, is found dead in the lavish home they share with sugar daddy Bollen, there doesn't seem to be a single lead worth pursuing.

But then Sunny meets Jesse Stone, chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts, under whose jurisdiction the case falls.

Tracking Misty's murderer reveals a host of seedy complications behind Erin's glamorous lifestyle as well as Buddy Bollen's entertainment empire, made up of shady film deals and mobsters out for revenge. But in a world where there's little difference between the good guys and the bad, exposing the killer could prove to be Sunny's undoing.

Editorial Reviews

Private eye Sunny Randall and police chief Jesse Stone mesh skills to track down a killer in this rippling new Robert B. Parker thriller. Sunny has been hired to babysit Erin Flint, a sexy budding starlet whose rampant ego far exceeds her worth. The assignment takes a tragic turn for worse when Erin's sister, Misty, is found dead in their imperial digs. Investigations by new informal partners Randall and Stone turn up more dirty laundry than you'll find in an NFL locker room. Sorting it all out could get somebody killed.
Publishers Weekly
Parker's latest mystery brings two of his series characters, Boston PI Sunny Randall and Paradise, Mass., chief of police Jesse Stone together for the first time. Zillionaire Buddy Bollen hires Randall as bodyguard to his live-in girlfriend, the minimally talented but beautiful and athletic Erin Flint, who has starred in several movies Bollen's produced. As the owner of a baseball team, he wants Flint to be the first female major league player. Flint's fear of physical reprisal against her as she attempts to break the baseball gender barrier leads to the hiring of Randall. When Flint's assistant is found dead, Stone joins Randall, professionally and romantically, to solve the murder. Parker, as usual, delivers a fine novel, whose serviceable plot exists primarily to showcase his well-drawn characters. Although she may upon occasion lose track of whose voice is whose, Burton does an admirable job of delivering Parker's dialogue, which is as stylistically unique as a David Mamet play. Her first-person narration from Randall's point of view and expository passages are nicely performed, bringing just the right amount of world-weariness to her characterization. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 22). (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the fifth title in Parker's Sunny Randall series, Sunny is hired as bodyguard for Erin Flint, star of "woman warrior" films. When one of Erin's retinue is murdered, Erin changes Sunny's status to investigating detective. However, Erin and her sleazy boyfriend are angry when Sunny investigates them and learns about their unsavory pasts. Characters from other Parker series appear: Jesse Stone, chief of police in Paradise, MA, where the murder occurs, is also on the case; and Susan Silverman is Sunny's shrink and helps her understand her developing romantic relationship with Jesse. The plot twists and multiple characters are entertaining and expressively read by talented actress Kate Burton. She individualizes each character with her remarkable range of accents and her variety of voices. Recommended.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Boston shamus Sunny Randall's fifth case takes her out to Hollywood, but her most fateful meeting is a lot closer to home. Trillionaire producer Buddy Bollen, of Paradise, Mass., may be a mogul of doubtful tastes, but the five popcorn movies he's made with Amazonian star Erin Flint have netted him a handsome profit. Now he sees a way to parlay his ownership of an underperforming baseball team into major synergy with his most recognizable property. Under intensive tutelage, he's grooming Erin to become the first female major-leaguer-if only he can protect her from unnamed hostile interests and the possibility of her own missteps. That's where Sunny (Shrink Rap, 2002, etc.) comes in-as bodyguard, watchdog and role model. It's a mystery why Sunny signs on for the gig. Maybe she knows that she'll be pulled off guard duty and assigned to detecting seconds after Misty Tyler, Erin's longtime personal trainer, is found dead of a broken neck. In truth, Sunny isn't much better at sleuthing than Erin is at acting. But fans will hardly notice the slack mystery-mongering here because they'll be agog when Sunny hooks up with Paradise police chief Jesse Stone (Sea Change, 2006, etc.), and their professional partnership quickly develops an undercover dimension. Does Spenser's creator plan to tie up both his second- and third-string series in a single knot of domestic bliss? The riddle is one more reminder that his heroes have always been more important than their cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739324608
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/13/2006
Series:
Sunny Randall Series, #5
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker is the author of Hugger Mugger and Potshot. He lives in Boston.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 17, 1932
Date of Death:
January 18, 2010
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
Website:
http://robertbparker.net/

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Blue Screen (Sunny Randall Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
SpiritMAO More than 1 year ago
I am a Parker fan so I always look forward to seeing what is happening in the lives of his characters. The dialogue is what grabs me!
alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
Another great story from Robert Parker! This one features Sunny Randall who I wasn’t sure at the beginning I would like, but she quickly pulled me into her world. In “Blue Screen” Sunny is hired to protect a young B-rated film star named Erin Flint. When Erin’s personal assistant is found dead in the gym the assignment turns from protection to a murder investigation. Sunny will have to travel from Boston to L.A. and back again before she unravels all the twists in this mystery. But she won’t be alone. Parker’s Chief of Paradise Police, Jesse Stone, is also in this story since the murder takes place in his jurisdiction. Jesse and Sunny hit it off immediately and together, but from different angles, manage to put the pieces into place. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found Sunny to be a very engaging character who expertly balances her femininity with the toughness required for her job. It was great the way Robert Parker brought characters from his other books together in this one. In addition to Jesse Stone, Susan Silverman from Spenser makes an appearance as Sunny’s psychiatrist. I would highly recommend this book for mystery lovers. Sunny Randall is another great female detective to add to your reading list (if you haven’t already). Note that this is not the first book in the Sunny Randall series but stands just fine on its own.
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I can't wait to see these books made into movies. If they are as good as the Jesse Stone series they will be on my "purchase" list for my home movie library.
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RebelReader More than 1 year ago
Pablum for the mind. Good quick read. Parker adds more sex.
choochee More than 1 year ago
I prefer the Jesse Stone series, but I like Sunny Randall, so decided to give this book a try. The Sunny character is very appealing, but her stories aren't as good as Jesse's. Still, Parker is always fun to read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, average Parker. The pairing of Sunny and Jesse, though, was the highlight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sunny Randall series started out fine but turned cartoonish with Sunny managing to jump into a strange bed in each novel - often without much good reason. In this one we get the recycled Hollywood lover once again and must suffer through the inane conversation of why he cannot spend the night after jumping Sunny's all too willing bones. It seems this woman does draw a line somewhere! Her ex Richie, wisely, has put a new wife between him and Sunny - and a little something else. I liked the Jesse Stone series but it looks like he is about to hit a bad patch now with Sunny's convoluted ways. Imagine poor Jesse after his wife's behavior having to watch Sunny dispense her favors (at least once per book). How much must one man stand? This is a by-the-numbers book and should be avoided.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read and re-read almost all of Parkers books. This one I couln't put down. It was fresh and fun. Loved the combination of Sunny and Jesse. Can't wait to see what they'll be doing in the next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow I see a lot of difference in these reviews! RBP has always been a favorite of mine -- read and re-read and LOVED all the Spenser novels -- I personally think teaming Sunny and Jesse was absolutely a brilliant idea and hope to see more of them together! OK Robert -- more novels soon -- and more Spenser also!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read everything Robert Parker has written but not anymore. Like his last couple of books - this one ends with a whimper. His books used to build up intensity until the climactic ending - not anymore. If you buy this - stop reading 3/4 of the way through. The ending is so unsatisfying that you will thank me for sparing you. Also, why did he bring Sunny and Jesse together? The last Jesse Stone novel had he and Weather working things out and now they are done? It seems that Mr. Parker is seeing a lot of psychiatrists because now everyone of his characters is frequently on the couch getting simple relationship and self help ideas. This is the last of his novels I will purchase - this is not even worth a paperback price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not one of his best but fairly interesting. Too many irrelevant characters. Where has the wise cracking Spenser gone? We miss you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Sunny Randall, but I have read countless RBP's. I was getting bored with Spencer and found the Sunny and Jesse pairing a welcome change. The topic was a bit cheesy ( most of the characters are disgusting pigs and/or killers) but I was hooked from the getgo and turned the pages very quickly. I really enjoyed it. Great airplane/beach read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can hope is that by bringing Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall together, it means less books during the course of the year. I was very disappointed that the idea of uniting two of his own characters, let alone Susan Silberman being Sunny's shrink, is the best one that Parker could think of. It's time for him to give all of his characters, save Spenser, a break.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How about you start at 'belong' all results to start your search for it, hm? Good luck! ~&Delta&epsilon&iota<_>m&theta<_>s
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karst res three.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Buddy Bollen has made a fortune producing movies that are notoriously known for their tastelessness his work lands on the list of all time worst movies. However, his flicks also sell as exploitation means ticket sales, which in turn means money.---------------- To keep his latest investment safe for movie stardom and his bed, Buddy hires private investigator Sunny Randall to protect his girlfriend Erin Flint. Sunny learns early on that the nasty rising star will make her work difficult if not impossible. When Erin's sister Misty is found murdered in Bollen¿s extravagant home in Paradise, Massachusetts, Police Chief Jesse Stone searches the crime scene, but finds no clues. Immediately feeling an affinity through their work and a sexual attraction Jesse and Sunny team up in more ways than one but especially in search of a killer.------------------- In her fifth appearance Sunny is at her best working for a sleazy client who hires her to protect a sleaze. The story line is character driven though it has the Robert B. Parker trademark of action and more action. It is the support cast that drives Sunny nuts as her ward makes it almost impossible to keep safe. The twist into a whodunit with Jesse, a terrific protagonist who brings out both the woman and the sleuth in Sunny, add to a fine tale as the two heroes investigate Bollen¿s sleazy film empire filled with enemies willing to kill again.--------------- Harriet Klausner