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Blue Screen

door Robert B. Parker

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Reeksen: Sunny Randall (5), Jesse Stone (5.5)

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Sunny Randall is hired by rich producer Buddy Bollen to protect his rising star and girlfriend, Erin Flint. Erin's sister and personal trainer end up dead and Sunny joins forces with Paradise, MA chief Jesse Stone to solve the case.
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This is the second runny Sandall Sunny Randall novel I've read and probably my favourite Parker novel to-date, despite all the weird let's cross over characters from all my series stuff that's going on. (Sunny gets the main protagonist of one series for a boy friend and already has the girl friend of the main protagonist from another series for a therapist.) In fact I like Sunny and her boy friend more than I like Spenser and his girlfriend, despite the Spenser novels being far more famous than any of Parker's other series.

Susan Silverman, Wunder-therapist, cures all Randall's man-issues with the twitch of an eyebrow, which is really annoying because that never happens back in reality and yet a very realistic approach is taken to the rest of the story, so it feels glaringly out of place.

One reason why I prefer this series to the Spenser books I've read is that there is much less macho posturing, because Randall isn't an exceptionally macho woman. Macho posturing, even if it is entirely appropriate to the characters and situation can irritate me if there is too much in too short a time.

In my review of [b:Melancholy Baby|69657|Melancholy Baby (Sunny Randall, #4)|Robert B. Parker|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309209093s/69657.jpg|2847745] I was a little negative about Spike, the gay tough-guy friend. However, that is somewhat unfair in that gay characters appear in Parker's books where-as they are conspicuous by their absence in most novels. Parker's gay characters aren't mere stereotypes, either, even if they do suffer from character-recycling with only minor variations - which is true of Parker's straight characters, too.

One of the best Parker books I've read. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
All that gubbins over several books about Sunny and Richie being soulmates and Jesse and Jenn being soulmates and it's all disposed of in one romp-filled, love-at-first-case, pot-boiler. Shame. I'm sure Parker has gone to the Hollywood satire well before and there are definitely diminishing returns here. Spoiled starlet, mob money, pimps and agents with an odd bit of baseball improbability thrown in. Ho hum. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
In Blue Screen, Robert B. Parker introduces two of his favorite characters to each other. It so happens that Sunny Randall, a private detective, and Jesse Stone, a policeman both are currently estranged from their respective spouses. Upon meeting, they then proceed to philosophize on the nature of love and experiment with a little sex. Told from Sunny’s perspective, the characters’ interplay seems quite realistic to me even though it is authored by a male.

Oh yes, they also have a murder to solve.

Sunny has been hired by film mogul Buddy Bolen to protect his up-and-coming star Erin Flint, a beautiful Amazonian actress who can’t act very well, but it doesn’t matter. Buddy lives in Paradise, Massachusetts, where Jesse is the Chief of Police. Buddy also owns a major league baseball team, the [fictional] Connecticut Nutmegs. Buddy plans to have Erin play for them as major league baseball's first female player if she can learn to hit major league pitching. Erin fears that unseen forces may try to kill her to prevent her from playing in the Bigs. Despite the fact that her fear seems paranoid, Erin’s sister, Misty, who looks like Erin, is found dead with her neck broken in a way suggesting that an expert killer is at work.

Erin wants Sunny to work on the case even though it falls within Jesse’s jurisdiction. Jesse doesn’t (to say the least) mind to have Sunny on the case with him. Sunny’s and Jesse’s investigation into the former lives of Erin and Buddy leads them to Hollywood, where they uncover several likely suspects in the murder.

Jesse is a former AAA minor league baseball shortstop. This plot feature allows Parker to have Jesse appraise Erin’s likely ability to hit major league pitching, and to philosophize on whether any woman could make in the big leagues. Jesse’s verdict is that Erin could never make it—like Michael Jordan, her bat speed is too slow. He remains agnostic on whether some other woman “out there” might someday play in the majors.

The murder investigation takes a back seat to the real focus of the book, which is how Sunny and Jesse relate to one another. Moreover, the issue of whether Erin could hit a major league fast ball [she can’t] is nearly as important a subplot as the murder.

Evaluation: As always in a Parker novel, the chapters and the sentences are short and pithy and the dialog is clever and snappy. Who cares about the murder!

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Feb 8, 2017 |
Sunny Randall P.I. with Jesse Stone Who-Dun-It
  kalyhi | Aug 10, 2016 |
The worst Robert Parker is still 90% more enjoyable than most light reads, so this gets four stars even though the plot is a bit weak and the writing is a bit repetitive. Am I supposed to believe that Sunny Randall actually asks suspects the same question twice...and is surprised by the answer each time? He phoned this one in, but it's Parker, so it's still good with sharp writing.

Audiobook notes: Kate Burton is a phenomenal reader. The moods she sets with her voice are amazing. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
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