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High Profile (Jesse Stone Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2008
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When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case, forcing him to deal with small-minded local officials and national media scrutiny. When another dead body-that of a young woman-is discovered just a few days later, the pressure becomes almost unbearable.
Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. But what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care-not a single one of Weeks's ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens.
Despite Weeks's reputation and the girl's tender age, Jesse is hard-pressed to find legitimate suspects. Though the crimes are perhaps the most gruesome Jesse has ever witnessed, it is the malevolence behind them that makes them all the more frightening. Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon comes to realize that knowing whom he can trust is indeed a matter of life and death.
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“Crisply etched characters…smooth, lean prose. There is a level of narrative tension—and plain polished professionalism—below which Parker is incapable of descending. High Profile will repay a quick read with…the wit, suspense, and psychological sophistication readers who know Parker's work happily associate with him.”—The Boston Globe
“It’s easy to overlook how fine the writing is because Parker’s style rarely calls attention to itself, going down so easy that you can forget you are reading. His books are not so much read as inhaled.”—Associated Press
“Parker's most complex, ambitious novel in years. Great reading from an old hand who hasn't lost his touch.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Robert B. Parker's books...are always delightful page turners. High Profile is no exception.”—Tampa Tribune (Florida)
“The [Jesse Stone] series deserves its own praise. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition (March 4, 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425206092
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425206096
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.21 x 0.78 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This stand-alone is easy to follow and difficult to put down. No editing errors, gratuitous violence or drag-you-down drama. There are formatting issues.
Intriguing storyline with several suspects. Mr. Parker's descriptive, almost lyrical writing draws the reader into each scene. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. The camaraderie of the Paradise Police Department is always realistic. Procedures, actions, reactions and politics are true to life. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking, memorable and occasionally snarky dialogue.
I will re-read this story and always look forward to works in this series.
In his personal life, Jesse has become quite annoying, as has this novel. It's completely predictable and can be read in a sitting. His personal life with women, including his ex-wife, is bizarre. He's completely hung up on his ex, Jenn, he just cannot move on, despite her trampling all over him. This installment is particularly ridiculous, being he has one of his current squeezes looking after Jenn after claiming she was raped. What two women, as compatible as oil & water, would enter such an arrangement? None.
Jesse also has quite a drinking problem. It got him fired from the LAPD in the first place. He refuses, despite a therapist, to confront it and keeps toying with the booze, trying to contol it. On again/off again.
The murders and neer-do-wells take a backseat in this book to his pretty ridiculous personal life, including the well treadbare character, Jenn, who became annoying sometime back.
I like the latter Stone novels from the late Mr. Parker. The earlier ones just do not cut it. This one is #6 in the series. Do yourself a favor and take a pass on it.