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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NO EXIT PRESS (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843442213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843442219
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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Chief of Police Jesse Stone returns to investigate the murder of a troubled teenager in a seemingly bucolic New England town. The girl found floating in the lake hadn't committed suicide, she hadn't been drowned: she'd been shot, and dumped, discarded like trash. She also had a wild reputation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert B. Parker is the author of more than thirty-eight books, including the recent bestsellers Hugger Mugger and Potshot. He lives in Boston. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Caution: This book addresses spousal abuse and sexual abuse of underage females. If either subject is distressing for you, this may not be the best book for you to read.
Review Summary: Death in Paradise is the best novel in the Jesse Stone series before Stone Cold. Jesse Stone, an emotionally hurting, alcoholic police chief faces the difficult challenges of stopping violent men with his same weakness for drinking while keeping his own needs for booze and his ex-wife under control. Despite being a personal mess, the victims find an avenger in him, often succeeding by moving way outside of what the law allows. Jesse Stone's solutions are more like Zorro's than any respectable law man you'll ever meet.
During the course of the novel, Jesse Stone has several epiphanies that mark out the boundaries for how he can start to put his life back together. You'll find yourself rooting for him to do so.
The writing is Robert Parker in top form. The story line is as simple as it could be. The sentences are deft. The dialogue is spare and direct. Hemingway's top writing was often not as good as what Mr. Parker has accomplished in this novel.
Review: If you love Spenser, you may or may not like Jesse Stone. The two characters are quite different. Jesse Stone has more problems than most people. He's an alcoholic, has been divorced by the only woman he's ever loved, and frequently breaks the law in his role as small-town police chief. Nights are ultimately dedicated to solitary drinking. Despite his flaws, Stone is capable of great caring and dedication.
The greatest brilliance of this novel is how deftly it weaves together the many sides of Jesse Stone's personality, his law enforcement responsibilities, and favorite activities into a complex composite of a man you will feel you know well.
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I came late to Robert B. Parker, who died earlier this year (2011), but he clearly has a huge fan base, so why isn't he better known in Britain? He is best known for his Spenser private eye novels, of which there are are around 40, but in his later years he began another series, this time about Jesse Stone, an ex-LA cop now police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts. Death in Paradise is the third of the ten in this series, and tells of Stone's quest to catch the killer of a young girl found dead in a local lake. It's an exciting but pretty ugly tale of the sexual abuse of young girls, its subject matter however being far from exploitative, instead a serious warning in a popular format about what can happen through inadequate vigilance throughout the community - parents, schools, police, everyone.

Like all of Parker's novels, this is stripped-down stuff. Short sentences. Quick quips. Lots of badinage between Stone and his women. The perfect meal-in-one for an empty evening. Why? Because Parker's intelligence, good writing, humour, believable characters, likeable good guys and strong but completely unpreachy social messages are a potent mix. There's lots of good modern crime fiction around, but many of today's authors could learn a thing or two from this old master.

And, better still, I've still only read about a quarter of Parker's books, so I've got a lot still to look forward to.
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By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third book in Robert Parker's series about small-town police Chief and big-time alcoholic Jesse Stone. It follows Trouble in Paradise and is followed in turn by Stone Cold. Jesse continues his off-again, off-again relationship with his ex-wife Jenn. She is selfish, ambitions, and emotionally toxic. Jesse can't stop loving her and can't stop chasing the possibility that she might start to love him. Tedious.

Fortunately the two major cases Jesse tackles are more interesting, though just as dark. The townie conflict is a recurring domestic abuse case. The husband gets drunk and beats his wife. The wife thinks she doesn't have any other options and won't press charges. Jesse and his fellow officers also try to solve the murder of a young girl found in the marsh. The trail leads into Boston--which finally seems as close as it should be--and into the criminal enterprises of one Gino Fish. Et cetera.

Jesse's ongoing issues are dark and draining, though also oddly comfortable. The cases are engaging and have their little surprises. It's a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Adams on 22 Jan. 2014
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I bought this book knowing it is part of the Jesse Stone series and it was an excellent read. I shall be looking for more of the series.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
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I think Death In Paradise is a very good novel which covers a lot of ground. You get eye-glazing descriptions of softball, which I think is a form of baseball but whatever it means nothing to me, an interesting plot - the attempt to identify a murdered teenager and then the killer, a subplot of an alcoholic who wants to hold on to his wife (not Jesse but the comparison is as subtle as a sledgehammer) and, as usual, Jesse's almost unrequited relationship with his ex-wife, Jenn. Through it all Jesse laughs, drinks, fornicates and dishes out his own brand of justice. This is a good read.
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By Stevew2651 on 8 Feb. 2015
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Third in the Jesse Stone series we are familiar with the main protagonists to the point of feeling we almost know them. Another great storyline pulls you into Paradise. Usual humour and great writing style and the author making it even more believable by letting the bad guy face the wrath of his boss. Great touch, and one I would wholeheartedly agree with. I'm getting through this series far to quickly but that's a tribute to the author and not my reading ability! Already have the next in series purchased and will start shortly.
Highly recommended series!!
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