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Death in Paradise (Jesse Stone Novels) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399147799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399147791
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immensely satisfying. ("Publishers Weekly," starred review) A page-turner...one of the master's best ("Washington Post Book World")

Immensely satisfying. ("Publishers Weekly", starred review) A page-turner...one of the master's best ("Washington Post Book World")

Stone is a deceptively complex character, one whose problems are both interesting and completely believable another strong effort in what is already an impressive series. Library Journal

Beautifully wrought...[an] immensely satisfying tale. Rarely if ever has Parker s fiction conveyed with solemn intensity the challenge of living a good life in a world of sin. The book s ultimate pleasure lies in the words, suffused with a tough compassion won only through years of living, presented in prose whose impeccability speaks of decades of careful writing. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

What s so cool about Death in Paradise is watching Jesse Stone s relentless pursuit of the bad guy. St. Petersburg Times

Hard-hitting...and brutally frank...Parker reinvents, revises and reincarnates the hardball, tough-guy, deadpan mysteries of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Death in Paradise is a tough, clear-eyed, sardonic look at life and the raw deals it can dish out The Providence Sunday Journal

If you love Parker, you ll love this book. Jesse Stone is clearly in the Parker style Calgary Herald

James Ellroy-style dialogue...Like Jesse Stone s beer, Parker s novels can be quaffed with relish. The Ottowa Citizen

[Parker s] gift for creating engaging characters and involving the reader in their fate makes this...well worth your attention. The San Diego Union-Tribune

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"Stone is a deceptively complex character, one whose problems are both interesting and completely believable...another strong effort in what is already an impressive series." --Library Journal

"Beautifully wrought...[an] immensely satisfying tale. Rarely if ever has Parker's fiction conveyed with solemn intensity the challenge of living a good life in a world of sin. The book's ultimate pleasure lies in the words, suffused with a tough compassion won only through years of living, presented in prose whose impeccability speaks of decades of careful writing." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"What's so cool about Death in Paradise is watching Jesse Stone's relentless pursuit of the bad guy." --St. Petersburg Times

"Hard-hitting...and brutally frank...Parker reinvents, revises and reincarnates the hardball, tough-guy, deadpan mysteries of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Death in Paradise is a tough, clear-eyed, sardonic look at life and the raw deals it can dish out" --The Providence Sunday Journal

"If you love Parker, you'll love this book. Jesse Stone is clearly in the Parker style" --Calgary Herald

"James Ellroy-style dialogue...Like Jesse Stone's beer, Parker's novels can be quaffed with relish." --The Ottowa Citizen

"[Parker's] gift for creating engaging characters and involving the reader in their fate makes this...well worth your attention." --The San Diego Union-Tribune

Book Description

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.

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all bought for my husband he values them as great stories to be read more than once
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Great buy, great service, great story - I love Robert B Parker's writing.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 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 Soosie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
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I am currently going through all the Jesse Stone books and can't put them down. They are extremely well written, well-paced, no gratuitous violence or swearing. I've thoroughly enjoyed every one. I'm currently on my 5th book in the series, and will be very sorry when I get to the last one. I've also viewing the Jesse Stone films on TV - excellent. (I'll buy the DVDs for winter viewing). The music is by Jeff Beal so I purchased MP3 version of House of Cards (very similar music) to listen while I'm reading the books. Very atmospheric and it gives the feeling of being right there in Paradise.
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By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2014
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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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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 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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