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Sea Change (Jesse Stone Novels) [Hardcover]

Robert B. Parker
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7 Feb 2006 Jesse Stone Novels (Book 5)
When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it at first appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be a difficult and emotionally charged investigation. Florence Horvath was an attractive, recently divorced heiress from Florida; she also had a penchant for steamy sex and was an enthusiastic participant in a video depicting the same. Somehow the combination of her past and present got her killed, but no one is talking.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (7 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399152679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399152672
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,291 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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'Parker writes old-time, stripped-to-the-bone, hard-boiled school of Chandler...His novels are funny, smart and highly entertaining...There's no writer I'd rather take on an aeroplane' --Sunday Telegraph

'Robert B Parker is one of the greats of the American hard-boiled genre' --Peter Guttridge, The Guardian

'Why Robert Parker's not better known in Britain is a mystery' --Daily Mirror

'If Spenser is the invincible knight, the timeless hero of American detective fiction, then Jesse Stone is the flawed hero of the moment, a man whose deficiencies define his want to cheer' --New York Times Book Review

'timing and pace are all. Parker knows what he's about, and Sea Change is a cracker.'
--Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Robert B Parker is the best-selling author of more than 50 books, including Small Vices, Sudden Mischief, Hush Money, Hugger Mugger, Potshot, Widows Walk, Night Passage, Trouble in Paradise, Death in Paradise, Family Honor, Perish Twice, Shrink Rap, Back Story and Cold Service. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much money, too much flesh. 6 Sep 2006
This is the first I've read from Robert Parker and I thoroughly enjoyed Jesse Stone. The author sticks us with some home truths dressed up as failings in his characters: is Stone an alcoholic? Not quite. Is he nauseated by under-age sex? Almost. Is his ex-wife still likely to go off the rails again? Maybe but we'll need the next book to find out.

But, all the while, there's a murder to solve and, although it's pretty clear where Stone has to start, the final outcome is not quite what I expected - and none the worse for that.

I really enjoyed Parker's descriptive layout of the Race Week and felt as though I was sitting at the water's edge with his team watching the goings-on of some very wealthy and very dubious rather older-than-usual playboys. There's no violence (well, not really), there is some second-hand sex (well, first hand for those participating) and there's plenty of humour, so it all makes for an enjoyable read. Since I can't compare it with previous novels, I'd certainly recommend reading it as a stand-alone storyline and you'll probably look forward to the next instalment of Stone and his friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Spenser, but fun nonetheless 3 July 2006
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
While not quite measuring up to Parker's classic Spenser novels, his Jesse Stone series stacks up nicely against all Parker's would-be rivals. Terse, witty and compelling, Parker's effortless prose style and plotting are matched by only a handful in the crime genre, and while not among his best novels this provides many hours of pleasure and ultimately satisfaction.

If you haven't discovered Parker yet now is your chance to catch up with a true master.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not all changes are for the better 8 Oct 2009
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
As a fully-signed-up member of the Parker fan club, I have to admit to a few reservations with this one. As nasty a subject matter as any Parker I can recall, though the plot is well worked out. The Jesse Stone marriage subplot is good, too. But some of the characterisation is a little too far over the top - the twins, Daddy and (delicious though she is) Kelly Cruz. Dix provides the psychiatric expertise that goes with Parker, but Dix isn't Susan Silverman.

While Jesse bouncing dialogue off Molly is well up to Spenser standard - and there is a nice cross reference to "some guy in Boston that's supposed to be good" - nothing can fully replace Spenser and Hawk as a double act.

We've been spoilt and it makes one hypercritical
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relationships Adrift 30 Sep 2014
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the fifth book in Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series. It follows Stone Cold and is followed by High Profile. Our favorite small-town Police Chief seems much the same. But his drinking is a little more under control, he understands his ex-wife Jenn a little better, and he continues learning from his periodic therapy sessions. Readers will feel comfortable with the familiar formula.

As usual, there is unusual police work to be done. Paradise is filled with yachting enthusiasts for the annual Race Week event, which has grown far beyond its original seven-day schedule. During the festivities, the body of a woman washes up on shore. Jesse and his team establish that she is from Miami and must have arrived on one of the yachts, but no one will admit to knowing her. The investigation proceeds through--no kidding--sex, lies, and videotape. We learn far more than we like about the yachting set, their crew, and their families. Jesse also makes the acquaintance of a very capable fellow officer in Florida.

It's another solid read. If you like the characters and the formula, you will not be disappointed. Jesse does seem to be making progress on his personal issues. But it is slow progress. This is realistic, if unsatisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Morality Tale 25 Feb 2006
Robert Parker is really a social reformer hiding in the guise of a detective novelist. Like many, he's obviously disgusted by the rampant immorality of today's society. Unlike many who keep quiet about it, Mr. Parker has taken a stand to show that immorality just leads to worse consequences. I don't remember a book in which he has made the point as powerfully as in Sea Change.
If reading about disgusting people is more than you can take, I suggest you avoid this book. Mr. Parker has made his villains as unappealing as possible. That's part of the book's strength as a morality tale. I must admit that I flinched more than once as the graphic descriptions brought home the horrible lessons. But a good session with reading the book of Mark soon brought me back to normal.
The book has two story lines that will not seem interconnected to many. The first involves a mysterious floater who needs to be identified, the cause of death determined and an investigation conducted. The second involves Jesse Stone's latest efforts to reconcile with his ex-wife, Jenn. Actually, these stories are like bookends. You need both to hold the book up. The first shows you what goes wrong when you make a mistake and stick with it. The second shows you what's possible when you try to rectify your mistakes and seek out a better path. Between the two, Mr. Parker shares with us his sense of what marriage should be all about.
The book involves an interesting investigation where who did what to whom isn't clear until near the end. Although Mr. Parker is fair with his clues, his writing style is a good one for keeping the outcome opaque. Mr. Parker, according to his local talk on Wednesday night this week, doesn't plan ahead. He lets the book write itself, 10 pages a day.
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