Synopses & Reviews
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. It immediately becomes clear that Jesse and Sunny have much in common. While searching for the killer, they learn an awful lot about each other and themselves.
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.
"Reminiscent of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential, Atkins's fictionalized account of the unsolved murder of real-life Tampa crime boss Charlie Wall in 1955 admirably recreates a time and a place, but too much detail makes the narrative less compelling than it could have been. Wall, a famous bootlegger whose nickname gives the book its title, is an old man when he's murdered, and the plot turns on the quest to find the killer, taking detective Ed Dodge and a local reporter on a journey from Tampa's Latin Quarter to prerevolutionary Havana (Castro makes an appearance). Atkins (Dirty South), who unearthed the story in connection with a reporting assignment for the Tampa Tribune, puts his extensive research to good dramatic use. But the book gets muddled by an immense cast of characters and derailed by the author's penchant for an overly lyrical style (the Latin Quarter 'was all a symphony of Latin jazz and sinners and bright-eyed boys who shined your shoes for ten cents'). Still, blurbs from Carl Hiaasen and other top names, plus crossover from true-crime fans, should help ensure healthy sales." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"What makes this special is the dalliance between Stone and Randall. Both are smart, clever, witty, brave, burdened with the weight of past loves, and, well, downright horny. This isn't Parker's best work, but it may be his most lighthearted." Booklist
"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." Kirkus Reviews
"Sadly, this is one of his lesser efforts. The dialogue is less witty, the action kinder and gentler...and the story less compelling....I don't know about other Parker fans, but I prefer action and smart-alecky banter instead of being talked to death." Boston Herald
Buddy Bollen is a C-list movie mogul who made his fortune producing films of questionable artistic merit. When Buddy hires Boston PI 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 - that's when Sunny and police chief Jesse Stone join forces.
The Boston P.I. with a personal life as tangled as that of her clients is hired as a bodyguard to an up-and-coming starlet, and discovers some ugly truths behind her glossy facade.
Sunny Randall, the Boston P.I. with a personal life as tangled as that of her clients, is hired by a sleazy producer to serve as a bodyguard to an up-and-coming starlet, and discovers some ugly truths behind her glossy facade. Available in a Premium Edition.
Sunny Randall, "Boston's leading lady gumshoe" (New York Daily News
), returns as hired bodyguard for the spoiled, and possibly dangerous, prize female client of a sleazy producer. This time, she gets a little help from Parker's popular character Jesse Stone, making a guest appearance here
About the Author
Robert B. Parker is the author of almost fifty books. He lives in Boston.