The Many Faces of Robert B. Parker.(created characters)(Brief Article)

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The Many Faces of Robert B. Parker.(created characters)(Brief Article)


With three different series starring three different dog-loving moral crusaders, Robert B. Parker chronicles an imaginary under-world set in Massachusetts, his home state. (A new installation in the Sunny Randall series, Shrink Rap, is due in September.) How does the real-life Parker compare to his heroic creations?

             Sunny Randall                Jesse Stone 
 
POLICE       Spunky, blond, sometime      Melancholy police chief, 
PROFILE      bodyguard, former police     formerly of the LAPD, former 
             woman                        professional baseball player 
 
HOBBIES      Painting, watching her       Drinking, reminiscing about 
             weight, sex                  baseball glories, sex 
 
PET PEEVES   Needing help                 Dealing with ex-wife's 
                                          suitors 
 
SIGNIFICANT  Has various boyfriends but   Has various girlfriends but 
OTHERS       depends on weekly trysts     is still obsessed with ex- 
             with ex-husband Richie,      wife Jenn, an unfaithful 
             whose family runs the Irish  weather girl. She loves him, 
             mob. She loves him, but she  but she can't live with him. 
             can't live with him. 
 
THERAPY      Best friend Julie is a       Tough-love practitioner Dix, 
SESSIONS     therapist, though Shrink     a former alcoholic, acts as 
             Rap puts Sunny in therapy    Stone's psychoanalyst. 
             for real. 
 
PERSONAL     Adores dad, fears intimacy,  Alcoholism, loneliness 
ISSUES       turning into mom 
 
K-9 UNIT     Rosie, the ever-present      Deputy, a stray who leaves 
             miniature bullterrier        Stone for another owner 
 
CALL         Menacing gay restaurateur    Dim but earnest Suitcase 
FOR          Spike, a karate expert       Simpson, a member of 
COVER        built like a bear            Stone's force 
 
             Spenser                      Robert B. … 

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