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HIGH PROFILE Paperback – 22 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: NO EXIT PRESS; FICTC edition (22 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842432141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842432143
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,160 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the sixth book in the Jesse Stone series by Robert Parker. It follows Sea Change and is followed by Stranger In Paradise. Jesse feels he has his drinking under control and achieves some insights about his relationship with his ex-wife Jenn. He recognizes how good he is at being the Police Chief in his small Massachusetts town. Avoiding putting this at risk sometimes helps him avoid some bad decisions he is tempted to make.

Out-of-towners keep showing up in Paradise to die. This time it is famous talk show personality Walton Weeks and his young assistant who is pregnant with his child. Jesse, Molly Crane, and "Detective" Suit Simpson begin checking out Weeks' wife, ex-wives, and business associates. No one is much bothered by Weeks' death, but they have an interesting mix of attitudes toward each other.

While working the case, Jesse and his team must fend off demands for information from the media-conscious Massachusetts Governor and his staff. "Do you dislike the Governor?" asks a member of the Big Man's entourage, confused at Jesse's lack of talkativeness. "Not at all," Jesse explains. "It's you I don't like." Asked and answered.

This is a good story with believable character development and a few unexpected twists. My only complaint with the series so far is that the books are relatively short by today's standards. I'd like to see them packaged together to produce books two or three times their present length.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pick up a Robert Parker book and you expect a mystery, some action, and witty dialogue. Sometimes the order of importance changes among those three elements. In the background, there will be rumblings about the nature of friendship, love, and commitment.

HIGH PROFILE adds a new dimension to the primary mix: relationships. HIGH PROFILE could be best characterized as relationships, dialogue, mystery, and action. For those who will like this book, only the first element, relationships, will count. Those who won't like the book will be annoyed that there's not enough mystery, action, and witty dialogue.

When most people marry in the United States, they promise to stay together "until death do us part." With the current divorce rate, a more accurate statement would be to promise to remain wedded "until divorce or death do us part."

Robert B. Parker has decided to take the original oaths seriously in this novel: What if we remain connected primarily to those we marry until we die . . . even if we become separated or divorced? Those connections might be based in part on our vows, our understanding of one another's needs, mutual sympathy, and an interpersonal dynamic that helps one another get through life. In this story, that question is examined from the perspective of every once-married character in the book. I found it to be fascinating. If you like serious novels about relationships, I think you'll find HIGH PROFILE to be rewarding whether or not you agree with the point that Mr. Parker has to make.

Here's the surface story. Jesse Stone has been seeing Sunny Randall (see BLUE SCREEN if you want to know the background). Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn, has gone off to pursue her career, one bedroom at a time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pick up a Robert Parker book and you expect a mystery, some action, and witty dialogue. Sometimes the order of importance changes among those three elements. In the background, there will be rumblings about the nature of friendship, love, and commitment.

HIGH PROFILE adds a new dimension to the primary mix: relationships. HIGH PROFILE could be best characterized as relationships, dialogue, mystery, and action. For those who will like this book, only the first element, relationships, will count. Those who won't like the book will be annoyed that there's not enough mystery, action, and witty dialogue.

When most people marry in the United States, they promise to stay together "until death do us part." With the current divorce rate, a more accurate statement would be to promise to remain wedded "until divorce or death do us part."

Robert B. Parker has decided to take the original oaths seriously in this novel: What if we remain connected primarily to those we marry until we die . . . even if we become separated or divorced? Those connections might be based in part on our vows, our understanding of one another's needs, mutual sympathy, and an interpersonal dynamic that helps one another get through life. In this story, that question is examined from the perspective of every once-married character in the book. I found it to be fascinating. If you like serious novels about relationships, I think you'll find HIGH PROFILE to be rewarding whether or not you agree with the point that Mr. Parker has to make.

Here's the surface story. Jesse Stone has been seeing Sunny Randall (see BLUE SCREEN if you want to know the background). Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn, has gone off to pursue her career, one bedroom at a time.
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