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Stranger in Paradise (A Jesse Stone Novel) Hardcover – February 5, 2008
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- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (February 5, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399154604
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399154607
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #396,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The "stranger" is someone who walks the fence regarding the law. He's somewhat a modern day vigilante with Apache Indian roots. He has no qualms introducing himself to Jesse wherein they both form bit of an uneasy bond. A bond born of respect.
The stranger, Crow, is hired to carry out a hit. Contrary to his Apache heritage he doesn't believe in killing women. Thereby lies his quandary, leading to his alliance with Stone.
The book is a fast read. Stone is surrounded by his usual cast of characters which are very well developed and mostly likeable.
The character I find I never liked is Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn. Whenever I get to chapters involving her or the psychiatrist he uses named Dix, I find I merely skim the chapters. If you don't skip over, the books bog down. Jenn's issues are the same now as they were back then. Each book, her character merely presents more of the same. Here we are in Book 7 and we have the same melodrama involving Jenn.
Here, the ever-stable Molly, even throws us an unexpected curve. The ending comes upon the reader quickly. But, is none the less good
Mr. Parker's Jesse Stone series has always been entertaining. Honestly, I don't think I would have liked them as much had I not seen the movies with Tom Selleck in the lead as Stone. He was perfect for the part and can easily be imagined in book form.
The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of any moral code on the part of the main character. I have read previous Jesse Stone books and despite his flaws you would expect him to do the right things. In this book, he teams up with a psychopath who in a previous book was involved in a crime spree which resulted in two of his officers being murdered - I don't think many police officers would overlook that. He totally ignores a 14 year-old girls direct involvement in the cold-blooded murder of her mother. This does not reflect someone who does the right thing.
And the ongoing relationship with his ex-wife is beyond tiresome, both need to get on with their lives.
After talking with Jesse, Crow heads his way and Jesse on his but with the advice he would be watching closely. Jesse also has on his plate the fact that he and Jen are sort of trying to make a go of it. The story behind each scenario keeps the reading not wanting to put the book down. in my case, I have seen the short TV series of Robert B Parker's books with Tom Sellick as Jesse and he does a wonderful interpretation thus making it easy to visualise him as I read.
Great stories and I just love reading them all.
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This is a Jesse Stone novel, one of a short series, some of which were made into TV movies featuring Tom Selleck in the lead role.
There is a cast of characters which overlaps slightly with Parker's best-known detective novels featuring Boston private investigator, Spenser, and once you're into the 'family' of characters he has created you feel at home with them and more absorbed in their world.
I also love the author's direct and simple writing style, which makes other writers seem over-dramatic and wordy by comparison. In this respect he's almost "spoiled" me for reading other people like David Baldacci, Lee Child and others. Almost.
Dive in, get hooked, and become a massive Robert B. Parker fan like me!
The plot in this one is cringey and ludicrous. Formerly one of the heavies from Trouble in Paradise, the 2nd book, the 'Crow' character returns but just to search for a young girl. His character has definitely lost momentum, such a shame given that it's usually nice to see when previous characters return.
Parker's Stone novels have by and large been on a downward spiral after the superb first two; Night Passage and Trouble in Paradise. The series finally lost its magic after Sea Change. Credit must go to Michael Brandman et al who stripped down the stories and made them into very good movies. He cut out most of the deadwood from the books, such as Jenn, and developed some of the better characters (Dr Dix, Healy) instead, quite successfully, and created more interesting plots. Selleck's portrayal of Jesse is strong and memorable, with some added humour and idiosyncrasies which really brought him to life, at times making Jesse in the books seem boring.
It's safe to say that after reading Stranger in Paradise, I will now be looking to the big screen for more of Jesse, or re-reading books 1-5.
Of course, the events and some of the participants occupy the outer fringes of credibility but the pages keep turning, the pace doesn't slacken, and there is, for this reader anyway, a genuinely moving moment. Many more ambitious books off less.