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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,802 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sunny Randall Series Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780739318720
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Boston P.I. Sunny Randall joins forces with the most important man in her life-her father-to crack a thirty-year-old case. 

Hi Phil,
You miss me? I got bored, so I thought I'd reestablish our relationship. Give us both something to do in our later years. Stay tuned.
Spare Change
 

When a serial murderer dubbed "The Spare Change Killer" by the Boston press surfaces after three decades in hiding, the police immediately seek out the cop, now retired, who headed the original task force: Phil Randall. As a sharp-eyed investigator and a doting parent ("You're smart. You're tough. You, too, are a paradigm of law enforcement perfection, and you're my kid"), Phil calls on his daughter, Sunny, to help catch the criminal who eluded him so many years before. 

Sunny is certain that she's found her man after interviewing just a handful of suspects. Though she has no evidence against Bob Johnson, she trusts her intuition. And she knows the power she has over him-she can feel the skittishness and sexual tension that he radiates when he's around her-but persuading her father and the rest of the task force is a different story. 

When the killer strikes a second and third time, the murders take a macabre turn, as the victims each eerily resemble Sunny. While her father pressures her to drop the case, Sunny's need to create a trap to nab her killer grows. 

In a compelling game of cat-and-mouse, Sunny uses all her skills to draw out her prey, realizing too late that she's setting herself up to become the next victim. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christie | 2/18/2014

    " Sometimes, on a Sunday, when I cannot bring myself to do anything more than a few loads of laundry, I find myself on the couch watching a Top Chef marathon. Now... I have already seen the original episode or one that was close enough to it to feel familiar, but I continue to watch anyway. That is how I feel about Spare Change and most Robert Parker novels. I read it Sunday afternoon. Now it is done. In a few days I will not even remember much about Sunny Randall's detecting and emotional angst but it was a relaxing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 2/9/2014

    " VERY light murder mystery....was hoping it would be somewhat better... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/31/2014

    " Don't let Parker fool you -- it may seem familiar, but then you aren't reading what Parker wants you to read. The parallels Parker draws between Sunny and her dad and Spare Change and his father are masterful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Butz | 1/22/2014

    " One of Parker's better works, and my favorite of the Sunny Randall novels. A worthwhile and engrossing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/22/2014

    " Not a bad story. I liked the father/daughter relationship. I like the character, Sunny Randall. The story was well developed. What I have determined is interesting! Robert Parker writes with alot of dialog. The style uses alot of he said; she said; said Sunny; and I am now finding it irritating and distracting. Other writers use dialog but blend the voice of who is speacking in a much subtler manner It shall be a while before I read another book by this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/20/2014

    " Lead character and detective Sunny Randall reminds me of Kinsey Millhone from Sue Grafton's series. Quick witted and a bit headstrong, the narrative is always fun. Parker's books are usually a quick, entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Smith | 11/24/2013

    " I can get along with Sunny... I like the way Patterson brings in characters from the other books... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 11/24/2013

    " This was just okay and would not recommend it to anyone. Parker went into too much detail on things like breakfast, and the minutest detail during the what-should-have-been-exciting parts. I have no desire to choose another of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 11/22/2013

    " Parker's Sunny Randall books are always good for a lighter touch, some sparring dialogue, hearts of gold glazed by cynicism. This one gives a nice touch of development to Sunny's relationship with her "old man" and funny scenes with her too-insightful therapist "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mick | 10/25/2013

    " While I normally enjoy Parker, this one was a complete waste of my time. Ridiculous dialogue and a thrown-together plot doom this book from the start. Don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 10/18/2013

    " "Boston PI Sunny Randall joins forces with her father, retired cop, to solve a 21-yr-old case. A bit creepy, but a quick compelling read, as Sunny tries to solve both the case and her personal and love-life dilemmas." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/6/2013

    " The best in the series--Sunny Randall. Sunny and her Dad investigate the Spare Change Murders. I like the storyline and the Sunny character (flawed but relatable). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 3/13/2013

    " Another engaging read in the Sunny Randall series. So sad that I only have one left to read. Recommended for all Parker fans. Looking forward to rereading the Spencer series from the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/5/2012

    " As you can tell I'm on a Robert Parker kick - Had read many Spencer books year ago and got into the Jesse Stone TV movies (Tom Selleck) so I wanted to try his other series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Meyer | 8/30/2012

    " maybe the best Sunny Randall I've read...kept me interested to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 4/1/2012

    " Another very readable but not really great novel by Robert B. Parker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Smith | 1/1/2012

    " This was one of the best books ever! I did not want to stop! I learned to trust what I believe is right until it is proven otherwise. If you have an opinion about something in question let it be known because it doesn't do any good to keep it to yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/19/2011

    " Very light mystery, written in a humorous tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Hadley | 11/27/2011

    " My first Robeert Parker book and I will definitely read more. Really enjoyed the Sunny Randall character and her family and friends. A fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/20/2011

    " I think this might be my favorite of the series so I gave it the 4 but really it probably should be 3.5. I did enjoy the entire series and I'm sorry to have completed it. I want to know what Sunny is up to now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Sue | 8/1/2011

    " Sunny Randall learns a lot about herself while tracking down a serial killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 6/10/2011

    " Sunny's personality unfolds as the case gets her family involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/7/2011

    " great leisure reading. good dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KarenC | 5/18/2011

    " Kept me entertained for a couple of days. Don't like Sunny as well as Spenser or Jesse Stone, or for that matter other female detectives. Reminiscent of tv's Cold Case in general idea, but goes beyond solving the crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/16/2011

    " I think this might be my favorite of the series so I gave it the 4 but really it probably should be 3.5. I did enjoy the entire series and I'm sorry to have completed it. I want to know what Sunny is up to now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/2/2011

    " I liked the style but the ending was a bit too predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariola | 3/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this book enough to find out the first in the series to request. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/9/2011

    " Robert Parker is at it again with another great book in the Sunny Randall series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/2/2011

    " One of Parker's better works, and my favorite of the Sunny Randall novels. A worthwhile and engrossing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob | 1/25/2011

    " Like the other Parker books I have read this was a fast paced easy read. The story was interesting, but the characters left me a little flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 1/10/2011

    " I've just finished this book, and my emotions are still reeling. What a story! The characters are great, and the plot grabs you and sucks you in to the moment. Wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nora | 1/9/2011

    " this is my first book by this author, and i hope i will find a lot more, love his style! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 12/10/2010

    " My favorite Robert B. Parker series - I love the character of Sunny Randall, I wish Mr. Parker had written more in this series versus the Spencer series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mardoufox | 9/20/2010

    " I liked this book. The story itself was rather spare and shorter than I would have liked, but Parker really gives you a good sense of the protagonists. I've always liked Parker's style and this book was no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 9/7/2010

    " Easy read with proper mind games. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 8/20/2010

    " Another engaging read in the Sunny Randall series. So sad that I only have one left to read. Recommended for all Parker fans. Looking forward to rereading the Spencer series from the beginning. "

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker (1932–2010), long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, was the New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser mysteries, as well as the Jesse Stone novels. He was named Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen. He has more than fifty books to his credit.

About the Narrator

Kate Burton is best known for her work on Broadway (Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, Spring Awakening) and television (Grey’s Anatomy, Empire Falls). Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She can also be heard on the audiobooks Port Mortuary and The Scarpetta Factor.