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Death in Paradise (Jesse Stone Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Sep 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; Unabridged edition (Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597770191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597770194
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,029,584 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



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

" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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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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This is the third, relatively short story I have read by Robert Parker. Kind of like the 'Reacher conundrum', the main character quickly loses his appeal after a couple of books. Jesse's sexual allure and the apparent willingness of any woman he comes into contact with to bed him does get somewhat tiresome - and that is aside from the rather more of a porno-theme of the book than I would like/expect.
Its not bad and as an airplane read it probably does the job well enough but I would really like the main character to move on a bit.
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Another brilliant crime novel set in Paradise featuring Jessie Stone. He is an unusual flawed hero which makes him more fascinating. The plot came out slowly alongside another small town crime which Jessie handles in his usual tough way. He can be surprisingly ruthless but still leaves you wanting more and filled with admiration for it. Highly recommended for all Robert Parker fans.
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Third in the Jesse Stone series we are familiar with the main protagonists to the point of feeling we almost know them. Another great storyline pulls you into Paradise. Usual humour and great writing style and the author making it even more believable by letting the bad guy face the wrath of his boss. Great touch, and one I would wholeheartedly agree with. I'm getting through this series far to quickly but that's a tribute to the author and not my reading ability! Already have the next in series purchased and will start shortly.
Highly recommended series!!
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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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Having seen the Tom Selleck films of the books on TV I can't help but hear his voice in my head when I am reading a Jesse Stone book. Just love them all; read 6 of them, including this one, end to end on holiday recently. Kept me nicely out of mischief.
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As I expect from a Jesse Stone story.
I like the characters and like to follow them.
Anyone who likes the same will like this book.
I just wish there was some way I could get then in the right order, other books in a series like this have numbers in their title.....
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