Spare Change

by Robert B. Parker

A Sunny Randall Novel

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 re-establish 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 trap 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 catch 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.


"Parker can spin a tale with the best of them." —The New York Times Book Review

"Parker's snappy dialogue keeps the story moving along...[Kate] Burton maintains Sunny's professional edge, using subtle shifts of phrasing or timng to indicate the emotions the sleuth is keeping under wraps. She is just as successful in finding the right voices for the other main characters: flirtatious and sinister for the prime suspect in pursuit of Sunny; and gruff frustration for Phil Randall, who is worried for his daughter's safety."
Publisher's Weekly (audio review)

"One of his most introspective yet."

"A family reunion for regular Parker readers."
Associated Press

Entertainment Weekly

"Parker continues to add depth to his characterization of Randall as he explores her often contradictory feelings about love...He never fails to entertain with humor and recurring characters whom we welcome back into our lives like old friends."

"Engaging...Parker's signature bantering byplay and some borrowings of characters from other series...will delight fans. The outcome is never in doubt, but Parker hits...the right notes, and there's still ingenuity to his cat-and-mouse."
Publishers Weekly

"Knowing, laconic dialogue . . . nuggets of hard-won wisdom you never could've come up with yourself."
Kirkus Reviews

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paperback | Putnam | 2007 | ISBN: 9780425221921