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Shrink Rap [Paperback]

Robert B. Parker
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Sept. 30 2003 Sunny Randall (Book 3)
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...

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Boston PI Sunny Randall is the daughter Robert Parker's series hero Spenser and his inamorata, Susan Silverman, might have had if they weren't so busy parenting Pearl the Wonder Dog. Like Spenser, Sunny is smart, tough, and fearless; like Susan, she's sexy, droll, and vulnerable; and like Pearl, Sunny's pit bull, Rosie, is the only character who's wise enough to hide when trouble comes knocking at the door. In Shrink Rap, Sunny's working as a bodyguard for a famous romance writer who's being stalked by her ex-husband, a psychiatrist engaged in extremely unprofessional conduct with his female patients. To get the goods on Dr. John Melvin, Sunny goes undercover as a vulnerable divorcée, which isn't that far from the truth; simultaneously, she's also seeing another therapist, who's supposed to be coaching her for her undercover role but is also helping her understand her troubled relationships with men. It's a clever device, and Parker makes the most of it in this spare, smart, swiftly paced mystery, one of Parker's best in recent years. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As if responding to his new status as an MWA Grand Master, Parker turns in his strongest mystery in years with Boston PI Sunny Randall's third outing (after Family Honor and Perish Twice), a particular relief after this spring's flaccid Spenser offering, Widow's Walk. The setup lacks originality Sunny is hired to bodyguard a bestselling author, Melanie Joan Hall, who pens "high-end bodice rippers," just as years ago in Stardust, Spenser was hired to bodyguard a famous TV newscaster but by focusing on an author's plight during her book tour, Parker writes about experiences close to his own, delivering sharp portraits of publishing types and fans. Melanie Joan's former husband, John Melvin, a psychopathic psychiatrist, is stalking her. To learn about and discredit him, Sunny consults another psychiatrist, then enters incognito into therapy with Melvin, which adds tremendous resonance to the narrative as, inadvertently, she must confront her own neuroses during sessions, complexes involving her relationships with her parents and estranged husband. Soon Sunny sniffs out that Melvin has been raping and, occasionally, killing members of his all-female clientele by injecting them with a date rape drug. To nab Melvin, she submits to his using the drug on her, in an intense finale. With layers of psychological revelation, plenty of action, the welcome return of Sunny's supporting crew (most notably Spike, a gay counterpart to Spenser's Hawk) and, as usual, prose as tight as a drumhead, this is grade-A Parker.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hat's off to Parker once again... Dec 18 2002
First off I want to go on record saying I love the Spenser series. And even if the stories seem similar I don't care, I am reading them because I love the characters and the oh so witty repartee. I cannot seem to comprehend, for the life of me, why is doesn't happen in my daily dialogues quite like that! Perhaps this is just one of the reasons why I so enjoy reading it.
Shrink Rap is not a Spencer novel, it is a Sunny Randall novel, his female, Spenser-like character. I do not mind a bit all these comparisons between him and her - Sunny Randall is a wonderful character. Enough defending and onto the story: Boston PI Sunny Randall, while coping with whether to be with ex-husband Ritchie who's family is mob connected or to be able to finally let go and move on with her life and this does not mean just jumping into bed with other men, it means letting them in emotionally as well. It seems neither she nor Richie has found a way to do this, but he is willing to try with another woman and makes Sunny aware of his intentions, creating more internal turmoil and maybe a time to look at the why of their bonding with a professional clarity.
Against this emotional back drop, Sunny takes on a new case, becoming a bodyguard to a romance writer ready to go on tour, and who's ex-husband, a psychiatrist has taken to stalking her, reducing her to an almost catatonic state at times. I do not want to give too much away, or turn this column into a long description of the story, but all the wonderful dialogue is worth the read.
Parker, the grand master, shows he still is The Grand Master!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sunny Randall sure has problems July 18 2004
I love his books and this one is also great. But his character, Sunny Randall, P.I. was getting on my nerves through the whole thing. She is a tramp, a feminist(which means she is seriously confused about who she is or what she wants), has major head problems, and at the same time a goody two shoes. How in the god's name can you sympasize with a character like that? She is everything I despise. Despite all that I enjoyed the book so I'm giving it high marks
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3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Narrator July 13 2004
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Format:Audio Cassette
While Deborah Raffin does her best to inject some liveliness into this book, I agree with another reviewer that the constant "he said" "she said" was extremely annoying. This book was definitely not as well written as Parker's other books. I also found the constant mispronounciation of Boston locations more than annoying--obviously Raffin didn't do her homework prior to reading this book. As a native Bostonian, I found it extremely jarring--like actors who try to do Boston accents.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Almost made me crazy! Feb. 16 2004
I listened to this book, and I regretted that within the first ten minutes. The constant use of "she said" or "he said" for every single line of dialogue almost made me roll down my car windows and scream like a banshee. Not only that, but the story was sexist and contrived and, well, rather stupid. This was the first book I ever picked up by this author, and I can't see buying anymore if this is any indication. Give me James Patterson or Patricia Cornwell for murder mysteries any day.
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Format:Audio CD
There are really no words to describe this book except possibly awful. Or terrible. Or downright painful. Not only were the writing and dialogue completely mediocre, but the plot was so ridiculous and boring, I was stunned. The blurb about the book caught my attention, and well essentially, that was the only interesting thing about the entire experience. The ending (which I suffered to get to) must have been phoned in, because the author completely stopped trying by that point. The only reason I continued to listen to this book was because I just couldn't believe that it could get any worse. And yet, it did.
Additionally, I don't think that I've ever been more shocked with a narrator. My five year old sister would have done a much better job. Didn't anyone give this woman an audition before you let her further destroy a really bad novel? Soooo much exagerrrration, soooo much inflecccction, and soooo much over-acting. So much for subtlety.
I read many, many books on CD, and I've never written anything about them, but I feel it is my duty to warn all of you out there about this disaster. I've heard some pretty poor narrating and listened to some not-so-great stories, but this one was so over the top, I just couldn't believe it. I sat there iin amazement that someone not only chose to publish this, but decided it should be an audio book, and then let Raffin narrate it. The only positive aspect was that I rented it from the library, and didn't waste any money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars woof-woof Dec 29 2003
Robert Parker's Shrink Rap is a dog. As a long-time fan of Parker's - I've read 'em all and enjoyed most of them - I found Shrink Rap to be silly, contrived, sexist, and banal - and that's the good parts. This book shows the sign of too much success and not enough effort on the part of the author. After a good start - a successful woman is being stalked by a dangerous ex-husband and hires Sunny Randall to provide security - the novel simply whirls down the drain through some really messy plotting into a totally unsatisfying ending. This thing smacks of the typess of sicko fantasy a demented pre-adolescent might dream up. Go back to what you know, Bob! If Spenser had a problem like this, it would be a subplot in a better novel, because he or Hawk would dispense some street-corner justice and the ex-husband would be on the first bus out of town - as soon as he got out of the hospital. If the next one's this bad, no more Sunny Randall for me!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sunny Randall back again in Shrink Rap by Robert B. Parker
This third novel of the Sunny Randall character series finds Sunny with her usual problem. Though she is now divorced from Richie she still loves him whether she wants to admit or... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Kevin Tipple
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 Stars -- Diversity Is Not Better!
The story is plausible but if you can catch a murderer this way you must believe in the Tooth Fairy. Parker should stick to his Spenser series. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by larry
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunny Redux
Ok. We've established several things from the previous reviews, all of them more-or-less true. Sunny Randall is a younger, female version of Spenser. Robert B. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by David W. Nicholas
2.0 out of 5 stars Parker at his most lame
I agree whole heartedly with the recent reviewer who advises us not to put Parker's works in the same league as the classics. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Parker, not Dostoevsky!
Robert B. Parker has to rank high among the demigods of Entertainment Fiction. 95% of his works are brilliant brain candy - so much fun to read that they can't be put down, and... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by jrmspnc
2.0 out of 5 stars Who ARE these people?
I love the Spenser series and enjoyed the first two Sunnys, so I feel as disappointed by this book as I would be an unfaithful lover. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars One more chance for Sunny Randall
This is the second Sunny Randall book I've read. While there is much to like - interesting characters, good dialogue, descriptive details, I'm having trouble with Sunny. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Good News and Bad News
Shrink Rap is the Sunny Randall novel where the potential of this character starts to become clear. Prior to this book, she seemed merely to be a writing exercise by Mr. Read more
Published on June 26 2003 by Donald Mitchell
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