Trouble in Paradise Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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As Macklin plans his crime, Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone has his hands full. He faces romantic entanglements in triplicate: his ex-wife Jenn, is in the Paradise jail for assault, he's begun a new relationship with a Stiles Island realtor named Marcy Campbell, and he's still sorting out his feelings for attorney Abby Taylor. When Macklin's attack on Stiles Island is set in motion, both Marcy and Abby are put in jeopardy. As the casualties mount, it's up to Jesse to keep both women from harm.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 6 minutes|
|Author||Robert B. Parker|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 15, 1999|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #20,083 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#880 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,628 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,967 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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>> When the police car was halfway across, the bridge began to ripple. The ripple turned into a heave. And, as the sound of the explosion came rolling into the real estate office, the bridge went up and the police car went with it, somersaulting slowly in among the pieces of the disintegrating bridge. One of its doors blew away and the hood tore off, and the car languidly turned over and planed onto the gray harbor and disappeared....<<
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>> "Exploded?" Jesse said on the radio. "Twenty calls at least, "Molly said. "At least five people said there was a police car on the bridge when it went." <<
I'm thinking that the above quote would be all I'd need to read in a review, to decide to pick up this novel. As I read the above passage, arriving at it through a steady-speed-progress from the beginning of the book, my first question, after being impressed with the explosive clarity of Parker's syntax, was, "Did Jesse's two patrolmen survive that percussion and splash?"
Of course I won't tell you what happened before or after the bridge appeared to take a short flight toward heaven then slammed into hell.
Temperature-rising-subplots twined perfectly from Macklin's gang's preparatory machinations to Jesse's personal and professional life's percolation. Various relationship scenes provided entertaining psychological miasma for wading through balsamic sex-pot stews. Jenn was showing daily as a TV weather girl in Jesse's territory, working to keep him while dating openly on the side. Since that didn't keep her busy enough, she attacked Kay Hopkins, a well-heeled, town snob-lady who had caused Jesse grief. Kay's nose slipped from its upward slant as blood spewed from Jenn's landed fist. What does Jesse do with that?
What caused that cowgirl episode was a previous scene which was even more entertaining than Jenn's fist action which landed her in jail. In that earlier scene, Jesse deftly dealt with a group of town snobs (including the Hopkins) and their lawyer. The situation opened in Jesse's office, appearing to be featuring Jesse's tail caught between a lid and a pot. Fear not. Jesse turned the rip-tide with finesse wrought hot. Loved it!
As if those perks in a work of fiction weren't enough, TROUBLE IN PARADISE introduced a "Crow" bad guy, honor-coded-predator, who could be Hawk's dark twin.
This Jesse # 2 had all I could hope for in an engrossing escape read, with an ending firing on all cylinders in Parker's redemption repertoire. (For a true short account featuring redemption and transitions to paradise, see This is Someone's Loved One: An Undertaker's View )
(My review is up of # 1, NIGHT PASSAGE. I enjoy reading Parker's series in order, though I have skipped around at times. See my Spenser Listmania for sequences and blurbs.)
Getting ready to order DEATH IN PARADISE, # 3 Jesse Stone,
Not to mention that I can’t get Tom Seleck out of my head as he played the character in the TV movies.
Robert Parker has a way of making me part of his stories. I’m drawn in and want to take part with the characters and help them solve the mysteries.
Any of his books are an excellent and entertaining read.
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His Achilles heel is Jenn a wife he divorced but can't or doesn't want to be totally rid of just rid of her disposition to be any other guys bed other than Jesse's. This story is the start of a host of developing characters Suite, Molly, Healy, and it seems it would be advisable to read each book in sequence if you can to follow that development, like I say, I'm hooked.