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Published by No Exit Press, 19 March 2020. ISBN:
Robert B Parker stormed
into my life back in 1986, when Spenser
Private Eye arrived on our TV screens. The detective, played by the brilliant
Robert Urich was a hit and cemented Parker’s reputation as one of the greats of
the PI genre.
Parker set his
stories in Boston. He wrote forty Spenser novels; nine in the Jesse Stone
series, and six more featuring his lady private eye Sunny Randall.
He died in 2010 and
left substantial boots to fill. But his characters live on in books and TV
movies, in the safe and sure hands of Ace Watkins, Michael Brandman, Reed
Farrel Coleman; and now – helming the first Sunny Randall novel since 2007 –
best-selling writer and long-time friend of Parker, Mike Lupica.
Parker wrote old
time, stripped to the bone, diamond hard stories; in sentences laced with wit
and intelligence. It is no easy task for any writer, however skilful, to take
the reins from the hands of a master. But in Blood Fued,Mike
Lupica knows what he is doing.
Sunny Randall is a
Boston PI and former cop. A college graduate, a painter, a divorcee, and the
owner of a miniature bull terror called Rosie. Richie Burke is the ex-husband
she never stopped loving; although for a while, a couple of years ago, she and
Jesse Stone were a pretty solid item.
The problem for
everybody – including Richie, Sunny, her close friend Spike, the Boston cops, indeed
Jesse Stone and Spenser back in the day – is that the Burke family is Irish
Mafia. And now, the family has been targeted. Richie’s uncle Peter is shot in
the back of his head; his father Desmond and his brother Felix brace for what
is coming. But the unexpected hit is the attempted killing of Richie himself.
Which brings Sunny into the business.
In hospital, Richie
tries to talk her out of getting involved in a mob war. She ignores his pleadings
and begins digging in all sorts of corners – hooking up with Spike, his
contacts among the great and not so good, and cops she knows well. In the
process she is dragged into the miasma of the Burke family business. And into
the hands of assailants she has to be super skilled to deal with. In one rueful
moment concluding – It turned into my version of ‘Take a Crime Boss to Work
Her relationship with
Spike, black and gay, keeps her grounded. And the wit they share, keeps them
I said to Spike, “Do I look as if
I’m getting older?”
“This is some kind of trap,” he said
"I’m being serious. The UPS kid
ma’am’d me the other day.”
“I assume you shot him.”
“No,” I said. “But I thought about
After Spike is gunned
down and begins to recover in hospital, with Sunny at his bedside, a doctor
tells him he is going to get a sling…
“What colour?” Spike asked.
“I just want something which
clashes with the fewest of my outfits,”
"The doctor frowned, said, “I think
we go with basic blue here."
Any more story
references are likely to give away too much. Suffice it to say, that Blood
Feud is about guilt and grudges and secrets and hurt. Secrets so deep they
must eventually be recognised and told. Hurt so strong the only outcome can be
a thirst for vengeance. And debts, which Sunny Randall knows, in the end, she
will have to pay.
Read and enjoy. And
look forward to a return of Sunny at the hands of Mike Lupica.
Mike Lupicais one of
the most prominent sports writers in America. His longevity at the top of his
field is based on his experience and insider's knowledge, coupled with a
provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous
world of professional sports. Today he is a syndicated columnist for the New
York Daily News, which includes his popular "Shooting from the Lip"
column, which appears every Sunday.
Jeff Dowsonbegan his career
working in the theatre as an actor and a director specialising in productions
of contemporary British and European playwrights. From there he moved into
television, and after early Channel 4 commissions he became an independent writer/producer/director.Screen credits include arts series,
entertainment features, drama documentaries, drama series and TV films. Turning
crime novelist in 2014, he introduced Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd in Closing the Distance.The series developed with Changing the Odds, Cloning the Hate and Bending
the Rules. The Ed Grover series, set in Bristol in the years following
World War 2, opened in spring 2018 with One
Fight At A Time. The second thriller New Friends, Old Enemies will
be published July 2020. Born in northeast England Jeff now lives in
Bristol.He is a member of BAFTA and the
Crime Writers Association.