Spare Change (Sunny Randall Series #6)
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Spare Change (Sunny Randall Series #6)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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The new Sunny Randall novel first time in mass market

Boston P.I. Sunny Randall joins forces with the most important man in her life—her father—to crack a thirty-year-old case.  See more details below

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The new Sunny Randall novel first time in mass market

Boston P.I. Sunny Randall joins forces with the most important man in her life—her father—to crack a thirty-year-old case.

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"Hi Phil: You miss me? I got bored, so I thought I'd re-establish our relationship. Give us both something to do in our later years. Stay tuned. Spare Change." The playful letter received by retired cop Phil Randall was not from an old buddy or a long-lost college flame. It's from a serial killer who leaves three coins as a signature next to each corpse. For 20 years, Spare Change had been retired, but now he's back, and Randall hopes desperately that he and his daughter Sunny can stop a second reign of terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399154256
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Series:
Sunny Randall Series, #6
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

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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Spare Change (Sunny Randall Series #6) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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Reader66PA More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure which was more of a let down, the stilted, boring dialogue or the under developed characters. I finished the book, although it was totally predictable. Don't waste your reading time; find a different book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's okay... I just think Parker is confusing his writing style a little for this series with that of Jesse Stone. Although I will say that Parker does write "female" well. Women authors frequently write male leads better than men write women.
mysterywriterJVL More than 1 year ago
As a devoted reader of Robert B. Parker, I was disappointed in Spare Change. It was like eating Angel Food Cake. Parker set a trap for himself when he began mixing characters from his other series (Susan Silvermann, Jesse Stone, etc.) and now he has fallen into it with a sparse plot and sketchy outlines of characters we already know well. On the whole, this is a shallow effort. Given his dabbling with westerns (the Virgil Coles -- which I enjoy) maybe he's bored with Spenser, Jesse, and Sunny. Or maybe he's already written it all in his very rich and distinguished career. Hopefully, he will recover his stride in the future -- maybe with a plot that puts Richie on the bulls eye and does more to explore the depth of the relationship between Sunny and him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Jesse Stone novels and enjoyed them (as well as the tv movies). So I decided I'd pick up another Parker novel and try it, so I got the audio version of this book from my library. First of all, the narrator obviously hasn't spent much time around Boston and the accent wasn't good. I wish people would just read straight rather than try to affect an accent if they don't have the knack. Then, the plot. My gosh- there was nothing to try to figure out! It just went on and on. Don't believe I'll be reading any more of this guy (except Jesse Stone).
oes_fan More than 1 year ago
Parker delivers another wonderful Sunny Randall mystery. She's a delightful heroine.
Barmack More than 1 year ago
Something was lacking. It was not up to Parker's usual page-turning quality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Spare Change because it is engaging. It sucks you right into the plot.
retiredJM More than 1 year ago
Disappointing effort by Parker. Is someone else writing using his name and reputation??
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actorsaudio More than 1 year ago
I've always liked Sunny Randall as a character, but I always felt the Sunny Randal series hasn't had an unforgettable novel to establish Sunny as an unforgettable character. This one cemented the deal for me. I have enjoyed her relationships with characters from the both the Spencer series of novels and the Jesse Stone series of novels. Since I have read most of those novels, I find the cross-use of the characters from other books unique and satisfying. (But this novel can be read as a stand alone if you are not familiar with the other two series.) While Sunny Randal has unique marital problems, they are simililar to Jesse Stone's problems and the more the reader gets to know these two characters, the better the books are. Sunny's ex-husband and her protector, Spike, are very unique and likeable characters. Sunny's father plays a big role in this novel, and it is an interesting way of learning how Sunny became a second generation detective. But the thing that makes this novel great is one of the most unique serial killers I have ever encountered in any series. This is a real page-turner that is hard to put down. It will keep you second-guessing right up until the very end. I have read almost every Robert Parker mystery, and I single this one out as one of his very best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker's "Spare Change" was an enjoyable read. I recently finished his "Melancholy Baby" and had guessed the plot halfway through. "Spare Change," on the other hand, kept me guessing a lot longer. It was almost as though this book was more enjoyable for Mr. Parker to write, and as such, more enjoyable for me to read.

I would definitely recommend this book for someone who has "spare time" :)

J.R. Reardon
author, "Confidential Communications"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first Sunny Randall book but this is the last one I will read. It was so boring and my patience with her has ended. What a stupid relationship with her ex and way too much of it. Perhaps she and Jesse Stone should get together and jump off a bridge.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
While this is Parker's sixth Sunny Randall novel, first-time readers needn't be at all shy about dropping in. They'll soon feel right at home, and home is a carefully chosen word as so much of Parker's story revolves around family and the importance of familial relationships. The banter between Sunny and her father, retired cop Phil Randall, is a joy to read. The characters are real, authentic and you'll quickly find yourself caring about each of them, even Rosie, Sunny and ex Richie's bull terrier (they share custody). Some 20 years ago a serial killer was on the loose. Boston newspapers dubbed him the Spare Change Killer because he left three coins by his victims after shooting the unsuspecting behind the right ear. At that time Phil was the lead investigator in the case, taunted by notes from the killer. Phil doesn't much care for unsolved cases, and this one really bothered him. Now, after two decades, there's another note and another killing. 'Hi, Phil,' it reads. 'You miss me? I got bored, so I thought I'd reestablish our relationship. Give us both something to do in our later years. Stay tuned. Spare Change.' The original killer surfacing after all this time or a copy cat? Police immediately call upon Phil to consult on the case and he calls upon Sunny to help him. She is, of course, pleased to be asked. As she says, 'I loved my father. My sister and I had competed with my mother for his attention all our lives. I was thrilled to have him sharing space with me.' Very soon the arduous task of interviewing suspects is begun, and Sunny has her eye on one man. No one agrees with her but this is a determined woman. She sets out to bait a trap for the man, little realizing the danger she's putting herself in. As is often the case, the outcome isn't much of a surprise but it's such a pleasure getting there! For this reader, Parker is tops. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Me!! Parker slides ever further into his prolonged funk. This could have been readable if anything at all about Sunny's part in the investigation rang true. The ending is laughable and Spenser's friend Susan Silverman makes a, as per her style, irratating appearence. Funniest bit was Sunny in therapy wondering just how old Susan might be. She decides that Susan 'might' be a couple of years older than herself. Sunny, you are supposed to be about 30. Susan, using the Spenser books as a guide is well into her sixties if not older. Babe, if you think that she looks just a couple of years older than you then you better think about reconstructive surgery for yourself. This is better than the last Jesse Stone book but still rates as a huge waste of time for the reader. Parker needs to write fewer books and up the quality level or his readership will look elsewhere for their reading entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
boring. too much dialogue,not enough suspense and action. if you must read this author, wait for the paperback edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dialog is preachy - just like all his other books. Enjoyed the humor in the older books, can't find it in the later ones.