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Coming June 13, 2023, ROBERT B. PARKER'S BAD INFLUENCE by Alison Gaylin

Last December brought word Mike Lupica was moving from Robert B. Parker's Sunny Randall to Spenser, and Alison Gaylin was writing her first Randall continuation. Gaylin's novel now has the title Robert B. Parker's Bad Influence , a publication date of June 13, 2023, and a cover. A synopsis has yet to appear, but in my short interview with Alison early this year, she revealed, "Sunny is dragged into the world of Instagram influencers—with dangerous (and potentially deadly) results."
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The Future of Robert B. Parker's Sunny Randall

When Mike Lupica picks up Spenser from Ace Atkins in 2023, Alison Gaylin will pick up Sunny Randall from Lupica. I emailed Alison for a short interview about joining the Parker continuation effort: Gerald So: To introduce yourself to Parker fans and new readers, tell me a bit of your history reading Parker. Did his work influence your writing before you were asked to continue Sunny Randall? Alison Gaylin: I think I'd be hard-pressed to think of a mystery writer who doesn't owe a debt to Parker, and I'm definitely one of them. Though my more recent books tend to be a bit darker, the structure and vibrance of his Spenser books have long been an influence. He could have taught a master class in character creation and dialogue. And though many years have passed since his books were first introduced, they remain relevant. I was a Spenser fan, but only recently discovered the Sunny Randall books. She is a wonderful character. I love her, as well as all of her friends—espec