Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud
by Lupica, Mike

"Robert B. Parker's iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back, and the stakes are higher than ever as she races to protect her ex-husband-and his Mafia family-from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival. Sunny Randall is "on" again with Richie, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family's business as she searches for answersand tries to stave off a mob war. But as the bullets start flying in Boston's mean streets, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could have anticipated.."-

Mike Lupica is a prominent sports journalist and the New York Times-bestselling author of more than forty works of fiction and non-fiction. A longtime friend to Robert B. Parker, he was selected by the Parker estate to continue the Sunny Randall series.

*Starred Review* Boston private investigator Sunny Randall and the love of her live, Richie Burke, used to be married. Now they are a couple again-sorta. They are exclusive, but maintain separate lives. When Richie, a nonparticipating heir to an Irish crime family in Boston, is shot in the back (but lives), Sunny responds in her typically fearless fashion: find out who and why, and do something about it. Sunny's first angle is that the shooting is related to the family business; she knows that Richie's father, Desmond Burke, outlasted even the legendary Boston crime figure Whitey Bulger. ?But there's also a big gun deal in the making that could be behind the shooting. Warned off her investigation by both Richie and his father, Sunny ignores both and learns that there was a woman long ago who may have been simultaneously involved with Desmond and a rival. So Sunny concludes that the motive for the shooting may stretch back 40 years-or maybe only to yesterday. That narrows it down. Lupica, an award-winning sports columnist, author of 40 books, and longtime friend of the late Parker, nails the Sunny Randall character and the Boston criminal milieu that Parker created. The patter is snappy. The criminal honor codes are only understood by the criminals but are dismissed anyway when they interfere with personal enrichment. Even family loyalties come and go. Great stuff, Parker fans. Sunny's back! Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Sunny Randall, the Boston PI who's waited years longer for resurrection than Parker's franchise heroes Spenser and Jesse Stone, is back in action thanks to sportswriter/YA specialist Lupica (No Slam Dunk, 2018, etc.). About the only thing that prevents Sunny from retying the knot with her ex-husband, saloonkeeper and Mafia scion Richie Burke, is her inability to commit—that and his getting shot in the back. He's not dead, and there are those who think that sparing his life was deliberate, but a muttered remark by his shooter, "sins of the father," makes him seriously spooked about his father, Desmond Burke, who's rumored to be on the brink of a major move into the city's illegal gun trade. Not to worry: The next victim is Desmond's brother Peter, whose days of high-volume bookmaking are ended when he's shot to death in the park around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. It's clear that somebody has a serious grudge against the Burke family, clear that Desmond and Felix, his su rviving brother, would prefer to take care of the matter themselves, and clear that Sunny's going to horn in anyway, arousing the ire of both the Burkes and Albert Antonioni, the mobster who, retired to Rhode Island after trying to kill Sunny, still seems to keep popping up wherever Sunny looks in this case. Antonioni soldier Joseph Marchetti beats up Sunny, and someone kills the top soldiers in both the Burke and the Antonioni camps and shoots up Felix's house for good measure. No wonder Sunny (Spare Change, 2008, etc.) feels "as if most of the people I need to talk might be dead or in jail." Apart from constructing a serviceable plot, Lupica mimics the heroine's voice, much less distinctive than those of Parker's other leads, with ease. If all hands sling around a fair amount of gratuitous attitude, well, that's just like Parker too. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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