Crime Story Book Review: “Blue Screen” by Robert B. Parker
Boston P.I. Sunny Randall is hired by a new B-List star to protect her after her sister is found murdered in the star’s producer/lover’s mansion. Sonny’s assignment includes working with a small-town police chief , a big-time Hollywood agent, and Boston thugs. Author Robert B. Parker is a master of crisp dialogue that moves you along and gets the story told. Sunny is an enjoyable character: not too hard, not too sassy. This series is character-driven and shies away from heavily detailed police procedures, making “Blue Screen” a good, light beach read or afternoon listen on audiobook during a tedious commute. Read by Tony-nominated actress Kate Burton, who does an excellent job. Random House Audio 2006, read by Kate Burton.
LOVE all the Robert B. Parker characters. Sunny is sweet and sassy. Vulnerable, yet tough. Jesse Stone is – oh my gosh – a heart throb ( played by Tom Selleck in the made-for-tv movies – oh my gosh! Did I say that already?) And Spenser is funny and sarcastic and sensitive and macho and oh my, well, you know. Any Parker novel is a fun read. RIP, Master of detectives and cool cops.
Anne, I feel a connection. Hehe 🙂
Speaking of Tom Selleck, I just picked up three seasons of Magnum PI at BJs and I just finished the first season. I was trying to recall why I liked that show so much (aside from his being a hunk), and I realized that he was the kind, gentle ’80s sensitive kind of guy. Having fun watching them. Love Parker – wish I could write more like him!