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Split Image: A Jesse Stone Mystery (Jesse Stone Mystery 9) [Paperback]

Robert B. Parker
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3 Mar 2011 Jesse Stone Mystery 9

A body has been found in the trunk of a Cadillac. Jesse's investigation takes him to the neighboring homes of two 'retired' gangsters. But it isn't the mobsters who fascinate Jesse - it's their wives: two completely identical twin sisters, who not even their husbands can tell apart.

And when one of the mobsters is found with a bullet in his skull, Jesse is forced to start digging into the twins' past...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849160759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849160759
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,300 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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'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 humanity' New York Times Book Review.

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A body has been found in the trunk of a Cadillac. Paradise police chief Jesse Stone's investigation takes him to the neighbouring homes of two 'retired' gangsters. But it isn't the mobsters who fascinate Jesse - it's their wives: two completely identical twin sisters, who not even their husbands can tell apart. Given Jesse's own relationship troubles, the twins' marriages seem almost disturbingly perfect. But when one of their husbands is found with a bullet in his skull, Jesse is forced to start digging into their past... Meanwhile Sunny Randall is in town investigating a religious commune known as the Renewal. The locals think they are a dangerous cult, but based on little evidence other than their suspicion of outsiders. Sunny links up with Jesse to protect the sect's freedom of religious expression - in the face of a predictable backlash from the residents.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completion 12 Mar 2010
By Diacha
Sadly, Robert B parker died at the age of 77 just before the release of "Split Image." Fans may be partially consoled by the knowledge that there are at least one and possibly two Spensers and a Virgil Cole novel still in the publication pipeline, but this is surely the final chapter in the Jesse Stone series.

Stone is the Chief of the 12-officer police force of Paradise, Massachusetts. He arrived at this post following the failure of his two prior careers: his hopes in pro baseball were torpedoed by a shoulder injury; his position in the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division was washed away by alcohol following the collapse of his marriage. He is still haunted by his ex-wife and he occasionally still succumbs to drink. Mainly, though, he is a very good chief. He combines confident authority with human wisdom and a detective's sixth sense.

In "Split Image," Stone faces two cases. The first involves two Boston mob bosses who have "retired" to Paradise. They are married to identical twins and live in identical houses. One of the mobsters and one of the other's bodyguards are murdered and it appears that the sisters have something to do with it. In the second case, Stone helps Boston P.I., Sunny Randall - herself one of Parker's series heroes- investigate the leaving of home of the teenage daughter of a self-important Boston family who appears to have joined a cult. Neither plot is especially strong - stock items lifted out of Parker's repertory trunk - but by now we read Parker more for the dialogue and interplay of characters than for suspense.

"Split Image" includes a virtually valedictory round-up of Parker's characters: all the usual folks from Paradise, plus Sunny Randall, Spike, Rita Fiore, Captain Healey and Susan Silverman from the other series.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Conflicts and Resolutions 14 Mar 2010
"He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out." -- Isaiah 48:21

I held off starting this book until I had absorbed and become accustomed to the news of Robert B. Parker's passing. Rather than anticipating that there would be dozens more Parker novels coming soon, I realized that the time had come to more carefully examine and consider the last few novels in the editorial pipeline.

Split Image was a pleasant surprise for me in several dimensions. Although the cover refers to this as a Jesse Stone novel, there's quite a lot of Sunny Randall in the book, too, as she pursues a private investigation in Paradise, that well-known home and haunt for mobbed-up crooks and moral-appearing bad guys. Their interactions are rich in this series, and Split Image is one of the best books for bringing out the foundations for the mutual attractions and hurdles.

In addition, Mr. Parker has handled a sexually tinged story with much more deftness than he usually did in the past. Sometimes his novels seem to be more like exercises in voyeurism concerning the vulgar than they are stories about human sexuality in all of its dimensions.

To me the best police procedural and crime novels start with an unusual premise . . . and then play out in unexpected ways. Here the premise is one that I would never have come up with in a million years: Two mobsters who don't care that much for one another marry twins and live next door to one another in (where else?) Paradise.

In many police procedurals, you know exactly what to expect from the beginning. Mr. Parker rewards us with a plot that has more surprises to keep things interesting than we have any right to expect. I liked that.

In some of Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK 3 Mar 2013
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Sorry to say that Robert B. Parker's last personal entry in the Jesse Stone series is a bit repetitive and disappointing. This time it is Boston PI and part-time Jesse lady love Sunny Randall who is involved with assisting a misguided young woman (this is usually Jesse's forte) who's egocentric and status conscious parents have procured her services in extricating their daughter from what they consider to be a cult. Jesse, in the meantime is investigating two murders involving a couple of assertedly retired mob bosses and their stunning identical twin spouses (dubbed the Bang-Bang twins in their high school days). Parker's exploration into the inner workings of the warped minds of these two as well as his examination of the problems confronting both Jesse and Sunny as they attempt to overcome their self inflicted roadblocks to dealing with feelings for their respective ex's does allow a smattering of food for thought.

I listened to the audio version of this book and while the two plot lines were relatively simple and never did converge, it was mildly entertaining. I was annoyed, however, by the repetitious dialog particularly when it involved conversations between two or more characters. Every line was Jesse said, Molly said, Sunny said, Suit said, etc. well you get the idea. (Imagine hearing dialog like "Nice day", Jesse said. "Yes it is", Molly said, "Looks a little cloudy to me", Suit said, "Glad I brought my umbrella", Sunny said.) The foregoing may be a slight exaggeration but it gives you some small inkling of the annoying alliterative exchanges. Perhaps this is not as noticeable on the page but with the spoken word it truly grates on the ear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More about Jesse....
Good story, once again in Paradise - clever plot and story-line - very enjoyable. His (Parker) characterisations continue to intrigue...
Published 3 months ago by Digger
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely plain old crime mystery read
Got the book because I so enjoyed the Jesse Stone series on TV and like that this book was easy to read and very enjoyable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Jesse's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
I like the way these books are written and can see myself reading all of them if they are available. I shall be sorry when they come to an end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars she said, he said
Could not get into the book, all the he said she said, very boring. Only read the first chapter. Not for me!
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