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Shrink Rap (Sunny Randall #3)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  2,806 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Sunny Randall is hired to protect a bestselling novelist from her ex-husband. He's not only a stalker...he's a shrink. And when Sunny becomes his patient, she discovers as much about herself as she does about the criminal mind...
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Jove (first published 2002)
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Nov 02, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Still trying to prove her worth as a private investigator, Sunny is hired by Melanie Joan Hall, an author of “bodice rippers” to provide protection during her most recent book tour. Melanie Joan is being stalked by her ex-husband and she’s not willing to involve the police. She does have a restraining order on John Melville, but he’s smart, running a psychological game on her and staying just out of the chargeable area. Said ex is a psychiatrist by trade, in fact that’s how Melanie Joan met him ...more
Hank Hoeft
Jun 21, 2016 Hank Hoeft rated it liked it
Robert B. Parker is perfect summer vacation reading--the novels of his various P.I. characters all share the same rapid-fire dialog and fast pace, and the three series characters I follow (Spenser, Jesse Stone, and now Sunny Randall) to some extent share some of the same qualities. I discovered Parker through his Spenser novels 'way back in 1987, but I never felt the urge to try his other protagonists until after I'd read all the Spenser novels he'd written (or would ever write, as Robert B. Par ...more
Chase Clark
Sep 28, 2010 Chase Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: spenser
With a day of a two-hour flight, followed by a two-hour layover and then another hour long flight, I decided to finally do some reading again. I first discovered Robert B. Parker after becoming a fan of the Spenser for Hire TV show. I was quite saddened to learn of Parker's passing this past year. However, I continue to read his books and have never been disappointed by any of them. Parker has a unique style that is very hard to describe. He is a detective author at the core, but his writing sty ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Brian rated it it was ok
A 330 page mystery that does not contain any real action until page 240 fails to meet even my lowest expectations. My love of Parker's style, wit, and creative intellect remains unblemished; however, 'Shrink Rap' became tiresome. Sunny Randall's character falls short of Spenser - obviously - and certainly Jesse Stone. Perhaps the problem revolves around a male author attempting to provide the insight and emotions of a female character. The slow plot, cliche psychiatric dialogue, and confusing ch ...more
Mar 10, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok
I love Spenser. I love Jesse Stone. I want, so badly, to love Sunny Randall. And yet, I can't help seeing her as Spenser and Jesse's spunky, cute, but still basically inferior little sister.

Parker is a genius at the spare language and vital silences of men's dialog, be it a Western-style showdown or noir naval-gazing. But Sunny seems to fall flat.

I re-read this one in anticipation of getting the new Jesse Stone out of the library and thought, yup, I still don't like Sunny. So I went and re-rea
Mary Sue
Dec 05, 2010 Mary Sue rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Sunny Randall. I even enjoy her dog Rosie and I am an "anti-dog/pro-cat person. The novels in this series read fast and are a good choice after plodding through some longer dryer tomes. Not a "cozy", and not a "blood and guts" thriller, this is "just right"
May 07, 2010 Marleen rated it liked it
Shelves: robert-b-parker
If, like me, you enjoy the Sunny Randall character, you are in for another enjoyable and quick read.
Harry Burnside
A good detective story but one you know whodunit right from the start but see how she gets him.
A light read but enjoyable.
Dec 09, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it
The third book in the exquisite Sunny Randall series starts off with a heavy emotional shock. Sunny’s ex, Richie, announces that he has found another woman he would like to marry. Sunny’s heart - and that of the legions of male readers who fell for this new age heroine at the start of book onen - will shatter into a million pieces as quickly as their eyes sprint across the screens of their kindles.

By the time you have read the opening chapter as many times as it takes for the message to sink in
Jun 20, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We first took a liking to Parker’s Boston private eye character Sunny Randall upon meeting her in the Jesse Stone novel “Split Image.” So when we sought out the first in her own six-book series, “Family Honor,” we thoroughly enjoyed that story as anticipated. In “Rap,” she works as a bodyguard to Melanie Joan, a well-known author on tour promoting books. Then, almost on her own initiative, Sunny pursues the real crimes of the stalker who was bothering the writer, Melanie’s ex-hubby and psychiatr ...more
Barbara ★
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Feb 26, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006
Romance novelist Melanie Joan Hall hires Sunny Randall to protect her from her stalker ex-husband. Melanie met John Melvin, a psychiatrist, when she started going to him for counseling and he seduced her. As she investigates Melvin, Sunny realizes that Melanie is not the only patient he has seduced. When two of his patients die, Sunny realizes that Melvin needs to be stopped before someone else gets hurt. To catch him, Sunny becomes his patient, but in trying to stop Melvin, Sunny places herself ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
c2002. I suppose a bit of a gruesome reason for getting this book out of the library is that I understand that Mr Parker has just died. In reading the various newspaper articles, I can't believe that I somehow have never come across his books (that I can remember). This was a nice quick read which was what I wanted after wading through some particularly lengthy books. I enjoyed the story and I loved Rosie (the dog). It was if he was describing my very own dog - all of the characteristics and beh ...more
Jan 28, 2010 mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: relationships, crime
I listened to this on cd, a new trend of mine. I listen in bed and often fall asleep which is the point. Oddly, I don't feel the need to go back and listen to what I missed. I listened to this after reading "Blue Screen" which Parker wrote years after Shrink Rap. It is a Sunny Randall novel where she solves murders while trying to solve her own love/relationship woes. As in Blue Screen, I find Randall's involvement with her own psychoanalysis the most interesting parts. The stories are basically ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Jamie rated it it was ok
I hate to give any Robert B Parker books anything less than a 3, but I am going to have to. I think there are 2 main reasons I did not really enjoy this one. 1) I chose to listen to the book on CD and I felt the actress reading the book did a really bad job. So much so that I had to pick up the book book and read the second half so I could avoid her interpretation of some of the characters. 2) I realize that with fiction you have to suspend belief on some level. However, one of the storylines in ...more
Oct 28, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Robert Parker !!!! I have always loved him for sheer escapist reading. While his trademark "He said, she said" banter gets a little tough to listen to in audiobooks, I still have always enjoyed the characters he has created, and Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone are definitely my favorites. In "Shrink Rap", he does not disappoint, bringing the story around to a quick and satisfying conclusion with a minimum of words wasted.

My only problem was the whole undercover idea in this book. Clearly Sunny
Jul 28, 2011 Les rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert B. Parker's female detective Sunny Randall is hired to protect an author during a book tour who is threatened by her ex-husband, a successful psychotherapist. They become friends and when the tour is over, Sunny continues to help, trying to find a way to stop him. As she delves into the reason for the author's divorce and into his practice, she finds he's a sexual predator taking advantage of his patients who are all women. As with all of Parker's books, I'm not convinced about the relati ...more
Sunny's back for her third outing, this time working more as a bodyguard than a private detective. Melanie Joan Hall is the author of a profitable series of books, but lately she's been having trouble in the form of a stalker ex-husband; hence, Sunny is hired as protection. Soon Sunny sees Melanie Joan as not just a client, but a friend, and so she begins to investigate the ex-husband, a creepy psychiatrist named Dr. John Melvin. The more Sunny investigates, the more threatening Dr. Melvin becom ...more
May 24, 2009 Beth rated it liked it

A Sunny Randall novel — great title since it has to do with a corrupt psychoanalyst. As usual Sunny is conflicted about her relationship with her ex-husband and using some of her own problems becomes one of the psychoanalyst’s patients. One quibble: Sunny allows herself to be given a date rape drug. She carries the antidote with her, but she doesn’t try out the drug and antidote ahead of time which would have been a sensible move since she has a whole week to see if the antidote actually works.
Jun 11, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
The first Sunny Randall novel I’ve read (though not the first in the series), this has a good central story that I really liked and it’s typically well told, in Parker’s brisk style. I didn’t, however, warm to Sunny all that much - a lot of the time, she felt like a transplanted Spenser (which could just be me) and her supporting cast felt like it was placed for strategic reasons, rather than the organic way Spenser collected Hawk and Susan, et al. Not a bad book (though the ending is a tad unli ...more
I wanted a lightweight crime novel, I got a lightweight crime novel. I found Shrink Rap largely very likeable and felt it trod some potentially very dodgy ground in entertainment very carefully. Sunny's overdose on psychiatric consultations threw up some interesting things, as did her encounter with Hollywood. Rosie the dog works... in a lot of books the animal gets wheeled out from time to time but mysteriously has no needs in between - not so Rosie.

All of that said, I really disliked the very,
Jan 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#3 in the Sunny Randall series. P.I. Sunny is an ex-cop and ex-wife of a personable mobster. Another of author Parker Boston area quickly read, enjoyable series.

Sunny Randall is hired to shepherd Melanie Joan Hall on an author tour. The romance author is being stalked by her psychiatrist ex. Melanie gradually reveals the sexual predator characteristics of the relationship and Sunny thinks others of his patients have been victimized and possibly murdered. She goes undercover to unmask him, with h
Jun 18, 2011 Roxann rated it really liked it
I enjoy a good mystery, Robert B. Parker does a good job of entertaining the reader. In this book the lead female character, Sunny, is hired to serve as bodyguard for a book author on tour who is being stalked by her psychotherapist/ex-husband. Sunny must find a way to keep the ex away. Along the way you meet Sunny's quirky family and friends that try to help her. They add humor to the story. I love cats, but Rosie, the English bull terrier is wonderful.
Sunny Randall series is a more 'easy read
Jun 19, 2009 Marti rated it liked it
though i'm not as fond of robert b. parker's series about sunny randall as i am about spenser, this particular book, with its woman's problem did strike a sympathetic note. one might wonder how much influence a doctor, or in this case, a psychiatrist might have upon a patient. mr. parker suggests that other persons might solve the problem rather than sunny, but she is gutsy.

again, as with his character jesse stone, there is the situation where the main characters are divorced, but don't seem to
Jan 23, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
The plot falls apart if you think about it critically for even a moment. I honestly just don't foresee someone falling for the trap the way it was set up and yet be as intelligent and manipulative as he was made out to be. Not to mention that the character development for Sunny was fairly static, the only growth being that she was wrong about her perspective in some ways but right on others? Yeah, that's what I thought too.

The writing itself was fun and witty, though. My favorite parts were the
Jan 23, 2012 Mei rated it it was ok
Easy read - in fact, having received it from those great folks at today, I started it on the tube ride home and finished it just in time to watch America's Next Top Model All-Stars. Although that probably tells you more about me than the book. Funny that Robert B. Parker should write from a woman's perspective, but hey, it wasn't too bad. Diminutive, cute and sassy but vulnerable retired copy's daughter is divorced from someone who is connected to the mob and has control issues. ...more
Daniel Sevitt
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Fast-paced, riveting and creepy.... Glad Sunny and her ex-husband worked together to silence the stalker. Rosie and Spike are awesome and I hope, really hope Sunny finds happiness. I personally would love to see her back with her ex-husband, but I get her need to be alone and able to take care of things herself. On to Melancholy Babyfor my Sunny fix and closer to the end of the series... :o(
Jan 14, 2012 Yeva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read so many of Mr. Parker's books lately featuring Spenser that I'd forgotten how great his novels about Sunny Randall are. Sunny is smart, funny and great with her gun. She also wants to do things her way and by herself. Good for her, but personally I'm not sure why he harped on that part so much. Spenser never apologizes when he calls in Hawk or Vincent for help. (shrug) Is it supposed to be a woman thing?
Ken Montville
Mar 16, 2012 Ken Montville rated it liked it
Sex and drugs but no rock and roll in this down and dirty novel of a psychopathic psychiatrist. It was a quick and easy read due mostly to the clipped dialog that Robert Parker favors. The witty repartee, double entendre. Quite frankly, I like the Spenser novels a little better. This one tried to be a little bit of a psychological thriller but the suspense really wasn't there until near the end. Still, it was a nice way to while away an afternoon.
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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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