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Spenser creator Robert B. Parker returns with his newest heroine, Boston P.I. Sunny Randall, coming to the aid of three very different women in three very dangerous situations. One is for business. One is for a friend. One is for family. And all could be fatal…


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Spenser creator Robert B. Parker returns with his newest heroine, Boston P.I. Sunny Randall, coming to the aid of three very different women in three very dangerous situations. One is for business. One is for a friend. One is for family. And all could be fatal…

30 review for Perish Twice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve Payne

    The story begins with PI Sunny Randall being hired as a bodyguard. But she soon has other issues to deal with. It's the usual great character descriptions and turns of phrase from Parker. A lot of humour – even from Sunny’s dog, Rosie, constantly poking and exploring away at any old sweet wrapper that comes into her path. But most humour probably comes from the scenes of Sunny’s frustration at her shallow sister (Chapter 23):- I tried to keep the irritation out of my voice. I felt sort of bad for The story begins with PI Sunny Randall being hired as a bodyguard. But she soon has other issues to deal with. It's the usual great character descriptions and turns of phrase from Parker. A lot of humour – even from Sunny’s dog, Rosie, constantly poking and exploring away at any old sweet wrapper that comes into her path. But most humour probably comes from the scenes of Sunny’s frustration at her shallow sister (Chapter 23):- I tried to keep the irritation out of my voice. I felt sort of bad for her. It was like talking to a self-absorbed child. ‘Maybe you should move on,’ I said. ‘To whom?’ ‘To the next guy that seems suitable. No rush. I like men, but I find it perfectly nice to be without one as needed. I’m enough.’ ‘That’s feminist propaganda. A woman without a man is nowhere, and you know it.’ ‘Actually, hon, I don’t know that.’ ‘Men are where the bucks are,’ she said. And anyone who pretends differently is just lying to themselves.’ ‘So you’re going to keep seeing Mort?’ ‘Absolutely.’ ‘And when the evening’s over you’ll go home and, what, grope him?’ ‘It’s where the bucks are,’ she said. ‘You’d do exactly the same thing.’ If I was quick, I could push her in front of one of the fill trucks moving along Summer Street. She would be out of her misery. I would be out of mine. I could plead justifiable homicide.’ Sunny Randall is a likeable character who’s good to get to know, and the novel is another fun and pacey read from Parker. The only disappointment is a rather wordy and oddly static explanatory end. This is the second in a series of six books by Parker.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gloria ~ mzglorybe

    3.5 stars Same easy writing style as Parker has used for his Spenser novels. My first one about P.I. Sunny Randall. I like her spunk and the feminine way she thinks. Her tenacity and problem solving skills are impressive, not to mention her wit and sense of humor.... yeah, kinda like a feminine version of Spenser. Blond, fit and gorgeous. She works at it too. Sunny is a smart gal and has been around the block a time or two. The daughter of a cop, and a former cop herself (admittedly for a little 3.5 stars Same easy writing style as Parker has used for his Spenser novels. My first one about P.I. Sunny Randall. I like her spunk and the feminine way she thinks. Her tenacity and problem solving skills are impressive, not to mention her wit and sense of humor.... yeah, kinda like a feminine version of Spenser. Blond, fit and gorgeous. She works at it too. Sunny is a smart gal and has been around the block a time or two. The daughter of a cop, and a former cop herself (admittedly for a little while anyway) before becoming a P.I. in the Boston area. Her sidekick is Rosie, her pet bull-terrier, who goes almost everywhere with her. She is divorced from her husband Richie, but they still see each other occasionally and get along better divorced than when they were married. They both love and share Rosie. No children. In this novel she gets fired from a case she is working on, but pursues it for her own knowledge and satisfaction. Her sister and her best friend's marriages are in trouble and she gets drawn into those. All in all I enjoyed getting acquainted with Sunny and will now seek out Book 1 (Family Honor) to get the background of her family in the police force and what transpired before this writing. Nothing earth-shattering, but this was a fast, easy and entertaining read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jim Crocker

    Okay, this is the second one in Parker's Sunny Randall series. I recommend reading them in order. This one's a mystery. Once Sunny is on the job that's it. She ain't leaving until she's got it all figured out. She's persistent. At this point you gotta like Sunny and her funny little dog. Maybe I want one. I dunno. Max is enough dog for now. So I like to publish an appropriate quote from every book I read. This one is so good, it's going into my Quote Box. "Lot of people lie about a lot of things. Okay, this is the second one in Parker's Sunny Randall series. I recommend reading them in order. This one's a mystery. Once Sunny is on the job that's it. She ain't leaving until she's got it all figured out. She's persistent. At this point you gotta like Sunny and her funny little dog. Maybe I want one. I dunno. Max is enough dog for now. So I like to publish an appropriate quote from every book I read. This one is so good, it's going into my Quote Box. "Lot of people lie about a lot of things. World's dishonest." Yeah. Whaddaya gonna do, eh? Cheers and Happy Reading! JIM in MT http://adamjames.blackdogebooks.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony Thompson

    Sunny Randall is such a great character. This book may not be as exciting as the first book, but it's such a fun read and all the characters are great. I wouldn't call this a "crime thriller". More like a "mellow who-done-it". But it's fantastic either way. Sunny Randall is such a great character. This book may not be as exciting as the first book, but it's such a fun read and all the characters are great. I wouldn't call this a "crime thriller". More like a "mellow who-done-it". But it's fantastic either way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott A. Miller

    So much better than the first Randall story. This one was vintage Parker. The formula is similar and some of the characters are living in all three of his Boston worlds but it was a great book. Sunny has to deal with her family more than Stone or Spenser. Her sister is a piece of work. I really hope the next four Sunny books are this good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Not as enjoyable as the Spenser series. Some common elements, e.g., doted on dog. Sunny detects thoughout the book with a single paying client for only the miniscule first portion. How does she pay rent? buy all the drinks? The common theme of middle aged woman searching for self was explored in all three characters. Sunny's sister seemed a caricature with no redeeming qualities. Meh. Not as enjoyable as the Spenser series. Some common elements, e.g., doted on dog. Sunny detects thoughout the book with a single paying client for only the miniscule first portion. How does she pay rent? buy all the drinks? The common theme of middle aged woman searching for self was explored in all three characters. Sunny's sister seemed a caricature with no redeeming qualities. Meh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I believe I finally have it. After reading 45 SPENSER books, 16 Jesse Stone books and 2 Sunny Randall books, ROBERT B. PARKER IS MY SHRINK YAY !!!!! Page 79 . . . miniature bull terrier . . . (SPUD'S MACKENSIE DOG) Page 156 . . . "Absolutely," I said. "Nor do I know him well enough to decide that he would own a gun and know a hit man and kill himself. But they are judgments that have to be made; either he did it, or he didn't, and there's enough that's bothersome about the hypothesis that he did, I believe I finally have it. After reading 45 SPENSER books, 16 Jesse Stone books and 2 Sunny Randall books, ROBERT B. PARKER IS MY SHRINK YAY !!!!! Page 79 . . . miniature bull terrier . . . (SPUD'S MACKENSIE DOG) Page 156 . . . "Absolutely," I said. "Nor do I know him well enough to decide that he would own a gun and know a hit man and kill himself. But they are judgments that have to be made; either he did it, or he didn't, and there's enough that's bothersome about the hypothesis that he did, to make me at least consider that he didn't." . . . Page 236 . . . "Doesn't it bother you at all that sometimes you have to ask a man for help?" Julie said. "No." "But it makes you dependent." "I think probably independence is a state of mind as much as a physical condition," I said. "I could shoot Mort, but I can't physically overpower him. Spike can. It's kinder to Mort to, ah, manhandle him, then shoot him." . . .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tilia

    It's a shame Parker wasn't able to write more Sunny Randall stories, because she's a great character. This story concerns so many imploding marriages and so much illicit sex that it's hard to give a summary; suffice it to say that Sunny's sister, Elizabeth, is both believable and thoroughly detestable, that we see several of Spenser's friends and nemeses, and that many, many twists of plot swirl together in the last chapter so we can finally see what the heck has been going on. This is a fun rea It's a shame Parker wasn't able to write more Sunny Randall stories, because she's a great character. This story concerns so many imploding marriages and so much illicit sex that it's hard to give a summary; suffice it to say that Sunny's sister, Elizabeth, is both believable and thoroughly detestable, that we see several of Spenser's friends and nemeses, and that many, many twists of plot swirl together in the last chapter so we can finally see what the heck has been going on. This is a fun read. Then why only three stars? I had to dock one because Parker insists on having Sunny carry her gun in her purse. I've checked with female cops on this. Trust me, it's not a thing. You do not want to dig around under CVS receipts, car keys, and shopping lists to get at your firearm while Frankie Knuckes is lining up his sights on you. Just too dumb.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I love Robert Parker's style. The dry wit is as enjoyable as the convoluted mysteries. I discovered Sunny Randall as a character in the Jessie Stone books and had to back track to her series. She is smart, strong, and resourceful. The sleuthing story in this book is great but the personal melodrama was a bit much. Parker tries to explore the theme of women's self realization but paints both best friend Julie and sister Elizabeth as absolute wrecks. Elizabeth was painted as a shallow socialite in I love Robert Parker's style. The dry wit is as enjoyable as the convoluted mysteries. I discovered Sunny Randall as a character in the Jessie Stone books and had to back track to her series. She is smart, strong, and resourceful. The sleuthing story in this book is great but the personal melodrama was a bit much. Parker tries to explore the theme of women's self realization but paints both best friend Julie and sister Elizabeth as absolute wrecks. Elizabeth was painted as a shallow socialite in the first book. But Julie was smart and aware. The self destructive rural for both characters bothered me and detracted from the mystery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    L.

    Love Robert Parker's writing! He had an easy style and his P.I.'s take their time solving their cases even if they get fired. They're persistent! Sunny Randall is not very different from Spencer. She's a tough lady who has tough friends who love her and will do what they can to help her as she investigates. This is the second in the series and its good to read all of the series, Spencer, Sunny, and Virgil Cole, in order so you can follow the progression in their stories as their lives unfold. An Love Robert Parker's writing! He had an easy style and his P.I.'s take their time solving their cases even if they get fired. They're persistent! Sunny Randall is not very different from Spencer. She's a tough lady who has tough friends who love her and will do what they can to help her as she investigates. This is the second in the series and its good to read all of the series, Spencer, Sunny, and Virgil Cole, in order so you can follow the progression in their stories as their lives unfold. Another interesting, quick read from a wonderful author who is sorely missed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Randhir

    If an Author makes you keep on reading beyond your bed time, leaves you with a good feeling and whets your appetite for more, what else must you say except that it's a five star. The feisty Sunny is back handling two emotional issues of those close to her as well as solving a complicated murder case. Only a writer with the sublime style of Parker can make it into an effortless read wanting you craving for more. If an Author makes you keep on reading beyond your bed time, leaves you with a good feeling and whets your appetite for more, what else must you say except that it's a five star. The feisty Sunny is back handling two emotional issues of those close to her as well as solving a complicated murder case. Only a writer with the sublime style of Parker can make it into an effortless read wanting you craving for more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I couldn't put this one down. There is one person I could have killed and that was Elizabeth. She was so winey and couldn't make up her mind. All I can say is I was glad she wasn't related to me! I like her Dad Phil. He's a retired cop, while she grew up in a policeman's house and eventually became a Private Eye, she still gets a lot of help from dear old dad and his staff while he was working. I couldn't put this one down. There is one person I could have killed and that was Elizabeth. She was so winey and couldn't make up her mind. All I can say is I was glad she wasn't related to me! I like her Dad Phil. He's a retired cop, while she grew up in a policeman's house and eventually became a Private Eye, she still gets a lot of help from dear old dad and his staff while he was working.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Edlund

    Mystery series - Sunny Randall has been asked to help out with a stalker problem. She quickly finds out the problem but then all heck breaks out. Her friend, Julie, and her sister, Elizabeth, are both having their lives unravel. Sunny and Richie are still in a complicated relationship dance. And, oh yeah, she solves the crime. No Canadian references. Pharmacy reference - Sunny buys coffee for a prostitute at a drug store. Doesn't anyone get prescriptions filled at a pharmacy any more? Mystery series - Sunny Randall has been asked to help out with a stalker problem. She quickly finds out the problem but then all heck breaks out. Her friend, Julie, and her sister, Elizabeth, are both having their lives unravel. Sunny and Richie are still in a complicated relationship dance. And, oh yeah, she solves the crime. No Canadian references. Pharmacy reference - Sunny buys coffee for a prostitute at a drug store. Doesn't anyone get prescriptions filled at a pharmacy any more?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Sunny Randall is a great character, well portrayed, with some great one-liners throughout, and the plot was quite cleverly drawn with several twists along the way.. However, the ending was disappointing, too easily all wrapped up by one of the bad guys, and leaving a few ends still dangling. I could believe that the ending was written by someone else, who was pulled in at the last minute because Robert B just got tired of it all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    You know the old saying 'you can't unsee something once you've seen it?' After I bought 'Perish Twice' I went online looking for a synopsis of the book. One reviewer called the Sunny Randall character 'Spencer in a skirt.' And I couldn't unsee it, mostly because they're right. It's not Parker's best, it's still a good Boston story, but I have to join the chorus. There's something wooden about Sunny and it's hard to get past. You know the old saying 'you can't unsee something once you've seen it?' After I bought 'Perish Twice' I went online looking for a synopsis of the book. One reviewer called the Sunny Randall character 'Spencer in a skirt.' And I couldn't unsee it, mostly because they're right. It's not Parker's best, it's still a good Boston story, but I have to join the chorus. There's something wooden about Sunny and it's hard to get past.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Carroll

    The second book in Parker's Sunny Randall series is short on action, but does a great job of subtly developing the still new (then) characters. Most of the main characters are female, and Parker still had work to do on speaking from that perspective, but Randall and company are very interesting characters. The second book in Parker's Sunny Randall series is short on action, but does a great job of subtly developing the still new (then) characters. Most of the main characters are female, and Parker still had work to do on speaking from that perspective, but Randall and company are very interesting characters.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jay Wright

    Sunny is messing with a case of murder. She is protecting a woman when one of her employees is killed. Sunny is fired. A person just does not keep working when they are fired from a job. She does. Both Jher best friend and her sister leave their husband. The plot moves, but it goes nowhere fast. This is not one of Parker's best. Sunny is messing with a case of murder. She is protecting a woman when one of her employees is killed. Sunny is fired. A person just does not keep working when they are fired from a job. She does. Both Jher best friend and her sister leave their husband. The plot moves, but it goes nowhere fast. This is not one of Parker's best.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Gregoire

    Well seems that Sunny gets hauled into a many faceted multiple murder situations meanwhile her best friend leaves her husband and her brother-in-law is cheating on her sister who can't cope. But (spoiler alert) when she puts all the pieces together, she never gets to close the case since the cops already seem to have closed their cases. Oh well, left hanging again. Well seems that Sunny gets hauled into a many faceted multiple murder situations meanwhile her best friend leaves her husband and her brother-in-law is cheating on her sister who can't cope. But (spoiler alert) when she puts all the pieces together, she never gets to close the case since the cops already seem to have closed their cases. Oh well, left hanging again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carole Hardinge

    I am enjoying this series, but I was disappointed that the character Millie was not included in this installment. The book had a depressing theme of broken relationships where surprisingly the healthiest relationship was that of the divorced couple. Spike is a fun sidekick for Sunny, filling the role that I thought might initially have gone to Julie. I’d want Spike to have my back anytime.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Sunny Randall is a complex, complicated PI that cruses the streets of Boston without fear. Well known by the criminal element as well as the police she often finds herself deeply involved where she doesn't always need to be or should be. Sunny seeks answers and like her dog, Rosie with a bone she is relentless. Sunny Randall is a complex, complicated PI that cruses the streets of Boston without fear. Well known by the criminal element as well as the police she often finds herself deeply involved where she doesn't always need to be or should be. Sunny seeks answers and like her dog, Rosie with a bone she is relentless.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael McCue

    Sunny Randall take a client who tries to fire her when she finds out too much. The usual characters, Richie, Spike and the dog Rosie all appear along with Sunny's father and sister. The client fires Sunny but Sunny won't quit investigation until she knows what happened. How to avoid spoilers? I'll say no more. Sunny Randall take a client who tries to fire her when she finds out too much. The usual characters, Richie, Spike and the dog Rosie all appear along with Sunny's father and sister. The client fires Sunny but Sunny won't quit investigation until she knows what happened. How to avoid spoilers? I'll say no more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    As with any Parker novel, the writing and dialog is solid and crisp. The plot was only intriguing to a point, Parker has concocted better and more interesting ones but the story wasn’t bad necessarily. I still prefer the Spenser and Jesse Stone series to this one, but these are “good enough” to continue reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty Day

    4 1/2 . . . love having a central female character . . . enjoy the shrink talk . . . good guys/bad guys . . . bad good guys/good bad guys . . . family is family . . . diminishing of self for females in marriage . . . wife/mother a boring existence . . . hard to tell where the fiction starts . . .

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Humm

    Finished wondering if the ending was meant as a cliffhanger for a future sequel. Too many loose ends. Apparent murderers all seem free. Seemed Sunny might have felt a greater threat of violence from protesters outside an abortion clinic than inside an organized crime HQ.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Wargo

    Meh I’ve read all of the Spencer books and thought I start on the Sunny Randal series. Spencer is my favorite literary character so I was hopeful. First book was decent, this one lost traction quickly. Weak story, almost the first half of a book rather than a whole novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Jeffs

    I like the main character of Sunny in this series. She is feisty and authentic. It is hard to find a male writer who can write female charcters authentically. It was a great plot and kept me reading well into the night.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peggy McCoy

    I found Sunny's work in her case to be smart and it was fun to see her in action. But holy cow, using Richies dad and Uncle Felix to do all the heavy lifting and still not having any resolution at the end felt blah. Love Spike! I found Sunny's work in her case to be smart and it was fun to see her in action. But holy cow, using Richies dad and Uncle Felix to do all the heavy lifting and still not having any resolution at the end felt blah. Love Spike!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna Sundre

    This is my first Robert B parket novel, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. The dialogue is really quite good, and Sunny Randall and her dog, Rosie are a blast. I was lucky to find these at our mail room Library and have another that I will read next!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bing Gordon

    Loved this one Sunny Randall comes into her own as this story unfolds. The characters of her friends deepen. Psycho-drama abounds. Even Tony Marcus gets a back-story. Add a pinch of gastronomy, and canine love, and it’s Parker FTW.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

    I enjoyed Sunny Randall #1 but not so much this one (#2). Too much girl-to-girl talk and 'psychobabble' for my liking. Maybe it's just me but I'm not in any rush to read Sunny Randall #3 and, in fact, may just stick with Spenser and Jesse Stone. Barely 3 stars from me. I enjoyed Sunny Randall #1 but not so much this one (#2). Too much girl-to-girl talk and 'psychobabble' for my liking. Maybe it's just me but I'm not in any rush to read Sunny Randall #3 and, in fact, may just stick with Spenser and Jesse Stone. Barely 3 stars from me.

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