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Blue Screen (Sunny Randall #5)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,769 Ratings  ·  183 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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Robert
Jun 17, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
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
Sharon
Nov 10, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I am loving this series and Sunny Randal.

Sunny Randal, investigator extraordinaire, is hired as a bodyguard by Buddy Bollen to protect his pet star and lover, Erin Flint, principal of several of his B-movies. Buddy is what could be called a sugar daddy and obsessed with Erin. And it looks like he’s pinning his financial future on continuing to produce her movies. He also has what looks like a very flawed plan to incorporate her into his major league baseball team, maybe as a publicity stunt, bu
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Cindy
Mar 22, 2017 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Jesse Stone that had s (pretty) happy ending, good plot. Sex - lots¡ Use fast fwd. Well narrated.
Megargee
Mar 01, 2017 Megargee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read most of the late Robert B. Parker's crime novels, it was a pleasant surprise to find one I had not previously encountered. The 5th of the 6 Sunny Randall series, this 2006 crossover features both Sunny, the female Boston Private I. whose father is a retired police detective, and Jesse Stone, the Chief of Police in Paradise, MA who formerly worked homicide in LA until he was fired for drinking on duty. There is even a cameo appearance by Susan Silverman from the Spenser series. (Appa ...more
David
Oct 28, 2010 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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
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Jerry
Aug 09, 2013 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Mckinnon
Dec 16, 2016 David Mckinnon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why bother?
Julaine
Sep 04, 2007 Julaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brenda
May 13, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone,the two together were great. Fun easy read,you can not beat Robert B Parker.
D.B. McBrierty
May 04, 2017 D.B. McBrierty rated it it was amazing
Great story moved fast and tied in Jesse Stone

Great story moved fast and tied in Jesse Stone bbbbbb nnnnnnn mm bbb junky ffff gggg ooo pop xxxb n
Kathy jenkins
Typical Robert Parker. Another book from my dad's "research" pile from when he tried to write an crime novel. This was the better of the two I've read. Sunny Randall, female PI meets Jesse Stone. A murder mystery becomes the backdrop to their attraction. Typical Parker conversational style -- no wasted conjunctions; sex, mob underworld and a dog. Good for a rainy day read
Sandra
My first R. Parker book. OK for a light read. Whoops looks like I read 2 others, 5 or 6 years ago, with 2 stars being given also.
Greg
May 11, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing
BLUE SCREEN is the penultimate volume of the exquisitely divine and (at times) heart-breakingly sad series of private detective novels from the late, great Robert B. Parker. Featuring Sonya (Sunny) Randall, her dog Rosie, BFF Spike, and a crazy (but devoted) collection of family, friends and associates, this book starts out relatively slowly but before you know it, you are so attached to the story and the plight of the major characters that you wont want the gosh-darn thing to end.

As time goes
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LJ
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
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Denniger Bolton
Apr 17, 2013 Denniger Bolton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jennifer
Jun 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another great story from Robert Parker! This one features Sunny Randall who I wasn’t sure at the beginning I would like, but she quickly pulled me into her world.

In “Blue Screen” Sunny is hired to protect a young B-rated film star named Erin Flint. When Erin’s personal assistant is found dead in the gym the assignment turns from protection to a murder investigation. Sunny will have to travel from Boston to L.A. and back again before she unravels all the twists in this mystery. But she won’t be
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Jennifer
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
Beth
Feb 04, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark
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"
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Cat.
Jun 24, 2013 Cat. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jennifer
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
Eric_W
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
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Joy
Apr 11, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Zach
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
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Ed
Jun 10, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Laura
Jan 17, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott
Sep 28, 2012 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Tim
Sep 28, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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