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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Assets; Unabridged edition (7 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073932456X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739324561
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 3.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,344,600 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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Five INTRIGUING Stars!! Jesse Stone, former LA cop is now chief of police in Paradise, Massachusettes. "On the wagon", in analysis, and trying to get his woman back, he's carrying more baggage than a police chief should. Then a murdered "floater" plunges him, a man in therapy, into the seedy underbelly of the rich, to analyze the case and find the killer. And he gets alot of help along the way from internal and external sources, one big surprising source in particular.

The redoubtable Robert B. Parker gives us tons of detailed police procedure and forensic investigation, which is just the kickoff, then he takes Jesse down the lurid rabbit-hole to a surprising climax in a wide ranging investigation. Snappy dialogue and intriguing, disturbing characters and situations abound. In some places it was like I wanted to cover my eyes and peek through the parted fingers: we shouldn't look but can't look away. Do people really live like that? Caution: there are two disturbing scenes conjured up by Mr Parker. An amazing read by one of our most talented mystery writers. Five Big Stars!!!

(Note: Eminently readable book with short three to five page chapters that are sparely written, but chock full of information on the page and between the lines. A fascinating, engrossing approach to writing.)
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By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2014
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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By Dodie Hunt on 31 Jan. 2015
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What a page turner this book is. I got to 42% before I even noticed and usually I get to 20% then decide whether to carry on reading. It was that good. The good natured banter between the 'cops' added an extra dimension to the story. All lovely and clearly described characters - just like a real family which we joined in with and enjoyed. Loved the camaraderie and closeness and Molly was an eye opener. Suit - bless. Healy an unintrusive friend and Ms Cruz deserved a book if her own. I hope they keep in contact in future books. Jesse was written with a strong male personality but with bags of female understanding. Great. The story was a shocking one but so well told I wasnt forced to skip any pages. I read every 'nasty' word without cringing. It would be nice if some other authors could write so well. Looking forward to reading another book about Jesse soon.
Being at home at the moment I was flicking thro the to channels and saw some Jesse Stone episodes. What a bonus especially with the ever popular 'Magnum' in the lead role. (Tom Selleck) the book said Jesse was just under 6ft and Tom is 6'4" but he was still able to portray the vulnerability and loving side coupled with the fighting ability needed in a law enforcement officer. Very good book.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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