The murder of a controversial talk show host puts Jesse Stone in the harsh glare of the media spotlight. After the body of a young woman is discovered a few days later, the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two victims. Available in a tall Premium Edition.The murder of a controversial talk show host puts Jesse Stone in the harsh glare of the media spotlight. After the body of a young woman is discovered a few days later, the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two victims. Available in a tall Premium Edition.Read Less
I found ALL of these Jessie Stone novels extremely enjoyable and exciting stories that were easy readable. I would highly recommend them to all who liked the Spenser novels.
Sep 14, 2008
I have enjoyed Parker's Spenser books for many, many years. I was surprised when he developed a new character but wanted to give it try. Although the Spenser series will always be a favorite, Jesse Stone is a brand new direction for Parker.
This is nowhere close to the enjoyable read of the Spenser novels, but still has its own charm. I have now read all of the Stone series books and they are good.
However, the one thing this series misses is a "Hawk" character but Parker's style is just as consistent.
Oct 4, 2007
Stone's in the Fishbowl
Welton Weeks, famous talk show host & his pregnant girlfriend are slain in Paradise. Jesse Stone throws the dragnet for the killer, while under intense national scrutiny. Jesse's insights and soliloquy's on love are worth the trip. Parker has it goin'.
Apr 1, 2007
In High Profile, Robert B. Parker takes to visit, once again, Police Chief Jesse Stone. The character of Stone is an enjoyable one, with all his warts and fallacies, but I would offer only this caveat, Mr. Parker (or Dr. Parker?)seems to be exhibiting the same human foible that many of us older people are guilty of, ie trying to fit more in a given amount of time than is possible, if one is also is attempting to maintain a high standard of excellence. Of course, it is easier to critisize than to write. Overall this is a good book and one I'm glad I read , but not a great book, as many of Mr. Parkers earlier efforts were.Perhaps we (the readers) have come to expect an unmaintainable standard of excellence.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-30 A storm of media attention rains down on the small town of Paradise, Mass., and local police chief Jesse Stone when a famous national talk show host is shot and left hanging from a tree. To add to his troubles, Stone's ex-wife, Jennifer, is seeking his protection against a stalker/rapist. Overwhelmed, Stone asks current girlfriend, Boston PI Sunny Randall, to watch over Jennifer while he tries to solve the two murders. Over the years Parker has honed his writing into its own minimalist art form, conveying more meaning in one line than many authors do with pages of prose. Unfortunately, Sowers doesn't handle that prose as well as one might hope. At times his character voices run together, making it difficult to distinguish which character is talking in a scene. And, even though he has a fine speaking voice, he misses the clipped, cynical delivery that gives the Parker books their cool, dry wit. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 4). (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-04 The murder of Walton Weeks, a Rush Limbaugh-like political commentator in sleepy Paradise, Mass., drives the action of bestseller Parker's competent whodunit, a sequel of sorts to Blue Screen (2006), which first paired two of the authors' non-Parker series characters-Jess Stone, an ex-LAPD detective trying to resurrect his career as Paradise's police chief, and PI Sunny Randall-with predictable romantic results. After a stalker sexually assaults Stone's ex-wife, Jenn, Stone asks Randall to serve as Jenn's bodyguard. Stone finds himself under atypical media and political scrutiny, especially after Weeks's pregnant mistress is also found dead in Paradise. Both Stone and Randall are still weighed down with significant emotional baggage from their exes, and it's Parker's exploration of their ambivalent relationship that is this book's strength. The plot, however, is much less developed than Jane Haddam's Hardscrabble Road (2006), which likewise featured the murder of a right-wing radio commentator. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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