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Blue Screen (Sunny Randall #5)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,223 ratings  ·  145 reviews
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

Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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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 ...more
So “Blue” is apparently the first meeting of our heroine Sunny Randall, feisty and attractive Boston PI, and Jesse Stone, Parker’s Chief of Police of Paradise, Mass. (They reunite later in “Split Image.”) Sunny is hired to be a bodyguard for Erin Flint, both the gorgeous actress star of “Warrior” movies, and an aspiring major league baseball player. Soon thereafter, Erin’s Personal Assistant Misty is murdered, and Erin wants Sunny to work on that, the death occurring in Stone’s jurisdiction. And ...more
As a kid, I loved Cross-Over comic stories. You know-- Superman teams up with Batman, or Spiderman fights the Incredible Hulk-- stuff like that.

I used to imagine a television episode where the Cartwrights from Bonanza fought a range war against the Barkley's from the Big Valley. Or, what if Paladin and the Rifleman teamed up to clean up North Fork?

Blue Screen is a cross-over story. Two of Parker's leading characters, Sunny Randall, private investigator with her bull terrier, and Jesse Stone, sof
Great story and characters. Written VERY poorly. Poor use of grammar. (ie. uses words like perfect when perfectly should have been used) Character quotes were almost always followed by "he/she/I said," whether it was a question or a statement. There are more words than "said" that can be used to attribute a statement to a character. (ie. replied, asked, stated, questioned, answered etc.) I listened to this is the audio form and this very irritating. I am wondering if this publisher has any kind ...more
I can't decide if I like this series or not. I thought this one was kind of boring and I didn't like the tie-in with Jesse Stone.
Luis Gutierrez-Poucel
It is a good novel, but I thought the end needed beefing up.
Buddy Bollen, a C movie producer, who made his fortune from a dot-com deal, hires Sunny Randall to protect his girlfriend, Erin Flint, a sexy starlet who is a legend in her own mind. Sunny takes the job, and soon things get complicated. Erin's assistant, Misty, is found dead in the lavish home they share with sugar daddy Bollen. Erin wants Sunny to take charge of the investigation. She doesn’t trust the local Police. “…I'm not leaving i
A Sunny Randall novel by Robert Parker, written in his inimitable style (lots of I said, he said, I said, he said........). We get to see Jesse Stone and Paradise from the perspective of a woman detective, which is kind of interesting. I'm a fan of the Jesse Stone stories.

I would suggest this one is kind of middle of the road fare for Robert B. Parker. I did find it jarring to run into characters from the other books (except Hawk of course who would have really stood out): Sunny goes to a shrink
My second attempt with a Sunny Randall "Mystery" and it is a lot better than its previous novel "Melancholy baby" which kind of died in navelstaring for most of the time. Now this book is not completely free from that fault but this time Parker seems to keep a handle on it. WHat does help of course is the appearance of a certain Paradise policechief by the name of Jesse Stone. As a character he is much more likeable and interesting.

This "mystery" is about the death of the sister of a "moviestar"
Denniger Bolton
Robert B. Parker, Dean of American Crime fiction is still cranking them out. I, as a mystery-thriller-suspense reader have read maybe a half dozen Parkers, but the guy has written over 50 books. I feel as a reader, I'm not living up to my end of the bargain. But you know what? Blue Screen is a really good book. The guy's still got it. His protagonists include his most well know hero, Spenser, of course. And now there are a half dozen Jesse Stone books, a Chief of Police in a small New England to ...more
A reader's wish-fulfilment novel - take two successful fictional detectives and put them in the same story. Sunny Randall is engaged as a rather superfluous bodyguard for a film star's baseball practice - in order to advance the fortunes of both a movie and a baseball team the idea is that she will for a time be a real player in a real team. Then the star's personal assistant is found dead, it's Jesse Stone's patch and the game is on. I think I might have got a bit more out of this had it not be ...more
Erin Flint is a movie star with perfect looks, but no acting talent. Now her manager is trying to break her into the men's baseball world and Erin wants a female bodyguard. When Erin's assistant is killed, she's convinced it's because "they" don't want her to play baseball and Sunny is pulled off of bodyguard detail to investigate the case. The murder occurred in Paradise, MA home to one of Parker's other protagonist's, Chief of Police Jesse Stone. Soon Sunny and Jesse have found that nothing ab ...more
I *heart* Spenser, Robert Parker's series character who has been around for decades, but I'd never read any of his other series.

This is a combination of the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall series, and Parker's writing is just as crisp and his storytelling is just as simple as in the Spenser series.

This is the story of a mega-rich guy who decides to make movies using his 'girlfriend' as the star. She can't act, but she is charismatic on screen...and then things fall apart when her 'personal assis
BLUE SCREEN (PI/Pol. Proc-Massachusetts/Los Angeles-Cont) – G+
Parker, Robert B. – 5th Sunny Randall
Putnam, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN 0399153519
*** PI Sunny Randall is hired by movie producer Buddy Bollen to protect his live-in leading lady Erin Flint. Erin is a beautiful, B-movie actress Buddy plans to have play baseball with this minor league men’s team in order to promote her new movie. Erin’s assistant is murdered and Erin tries to convince Sunny it’s because “they” don’t want her on the base
A Sunny Randall novel, which is to say, a Spenser-like detective who likes to shop ... well, perhaps I'm being a bit unfair here, but it's hard to disentangle Parker's spare style of writing from the character with whom I associate that style. Sunny Randall is a female detective, located in Boston, an ex-cop turned private eye. She has connections to the mob through her ex-husband Richie with whom she is still in love. So, given the bare bones above, Sunny's profile is similar to Spenser's (thei ...more
I am a big fan of the Spenser series, but I have not enjoyed the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall series as much, often too much personal backage and definetly not enough humor!

This is the case here, the plot is typical Parker, rich people in trouble, a healthy dose of thugs, some well written dialogue and of course some baseball where possible.

Sunny is best when she is interacting with everyone but Jesse and herself. Her internal monologues on love and intimacy are even less interesting than the
Jun 12, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Private Eye and/or Robert Parker Fans
This is a Sunny Randall novel but Parker manages to bring in Jesse Stone from the "Paradise" books and Susan Silverman from the Spenser series.

I keep thinking I'm going to tire of Parker's offerings but I never do. I read this in five or six hours while flying across the Pacific Ocean. Maybe that's why I like his books so much - they are humorous, quick reads containing mostly dialogue. His plots are rarely very complicated and his focus is often on relationships rather than action or solving t
When Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall are completely independent of each other, I find that I adore them completely. Separately, I find them to be dynamic characters, with flaws and setbacks that made them all the more interesting and characters that I could relate to, in a rather odd way. However, as I soon discovered, these two characters are not made to be in the same novel. While the plot that put them together was good, they were far too similar and it seemed like their dialogue and relationsh ...more
Although the setting is Paradise (a small town close to Boston), there
are trips to LA and C-list movies and prostitution. This is a Sunny
Randall (private investigator) book, but she meets Jesse Stone (police chief of Paradise) and visits her shrink, Susan Silverman (Spenser's girlfriend). Interesting way the series by Parker are tied together. I liked this observation by Sunny about her father, a retired police homicide detective: My father was having hash and eggs. He didn't worry much about nu
Richard Brand
I may have read one Sunny Randall and enjoyed it, but it got old very quickly. I got tired of the dog. I got tired of all the drama that was supposed to be between Sunny and Richie. I got tired of the shrink stuff. And I got very tired of all the sexual innuendoes and the frequency that she engaged in sex with such an easy approach.

This story was not horrible, but it was overshadowed with all the other junk.
Like James Patterson but sparser and more linear. The chapters were very short, the action uncomplicated. A movie star hires a woman PI, Sunny Randall, to protect her. When the movie star's personal assistant is murdered the movie star asks Sunny to find out who killed her. Some romance, some drinking, some therapy. There really is not much to this book but it reads quickly.
If you've read Robert B. Parker then you know what you're getting.
Short chapters
Quick read
Hard to put down but if you had to put it down you can pick it right back up where you left off
Amazing characters
Flawed characters
The characters will drink too much & visit the shrink too much

This one doesn't disappoint - all of the usuals are here.
It was nice reading about how Sunny & Jesse got together as I enjoy both of their respective series.
I found that I liked Jesse Stone a lot better in the
Harry Lane
If Parker has written a bad book, I'm not aware of it. In this one, Sunny's task is complicated by the antics of her client, and she has to cris-cross the country in search of answers. All very satisfying reading. I tend to like Randall and Stone a bit better than Spenser, but all are entertaining.
Hal Brodsky
Robert B Parker writing in the first person as a man's fantasy woman. Usually this does not work. This book is no exception. Parker attempts to make this cute by throwing in Jesse Stone and Susan Silverman, but its hard to get away from the Yuck Factor.
Quick, enjoyable read

I came across Blue Screen yesterday afternoon and I snapped it up immediately. I think that I have read through the entire Parker collection at this point and I immediately pick the newest one up as soon as I see it (I have been holding back on reading my last two Michener books since there will be no more ever written and once they're done...)

This is really a tale of two stories. One is a mystery and one is a bit of soap opera. The mystery part is pretty good but really c
Rugg Ruggedo
I like Jessie Stone as a character in the TV movie series and wondered what he was like in the book versions. I started reading his books from the beginning and have added his appearances in other series. This is a Sunny Randall book,but Jessie plays a big part of it, and from the looks of this one Sunny may be playing a big part in the Jessie series from here on in.
This was a pretty twisted tale,moving from the seamy side of Hollywood, to isolation of Paradise. Not a whole lot of characterizati
Sharon Sherman
I had to smile as I read this, my second, Sunny Randall story. She's tough and has some even tougher friends. To begin, Sunny is hired to serve as a bodyguard. Later she looks for a murderer.
Pretty standard.
But since I saved it from the local library, who similar to other of its ilk nowadays provides books with a very early retirement, I felt ethically obliged to read it.
Marsha Graham
I like Sunny. She's quirky. I like "Uncle Felix" as well. I'm reading these out of order so I sometimes get whiplash, but they are a predictable, amusing read.
The great thing about coming to Robert Parker late in my reading life is that I am so excited to have so many more offerings to read in his Spenser, Stone, and Randall series. The not great thing is that, now that Parker is dead, there won't be more in the Sunny Randall series (unless, of course, the Parker Estate anoints someone to carry the flame, as they have with the Stone and Spenser series). The intersection of Randall and Stone is fun, and they make a good team. (And even Susan Silervman ...more
Not real fond of a wise cracking female "Spenser" PI. It would have been better if she had her own character instead of making her Spenser's twin.
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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
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Sunny Randall (6 books)
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