Split Image: A Jesse Stone Mystery (Jesse Stone Mystery 9) Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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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. (New York Times)
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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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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. We are missing Spenser, of course, but Dr Dix sounds rather like him, possibly he is the old dog in disguise.
For most of Parker's career, a large part of the dialogue circles around defining "The Detective" and his code. In this book, there is a greater focus on defining the "happy person," or the "complete person." Both Stone and Sunny achieve breakthroughs in their analysis is this book, and their relationship has become much more serious. Completion at last.
I started reading Robert B Parker when my high school English master handed me a copy of "The Godwulf Manuscript " and said, "Read this. It doesn't matter that it is a crime novel, it is good writing." Parker and Spenser in particular have been part of my life ever since. "Split Image " is far from Parker's best work but, under the circumstances, I think that fellow devotees will understand why I gave it five stars.
P.S. If you have not seen the made for TV movies of Jesse Stone starring Tom Selleck, order the DVDs now. Parker remarked that Selleck, alone of all the actors playing his creations, gets the character just right.
I have now read them all and wish there were more but alas Mr Parker has died. I am now going on to read everything else he has written.
Must add that I watched all the Jesse Stone TV shows and they were good too but different to the books in that the books leave more to the imagination. Great stuff!
`Split Image' covers the twin narratives of the murder of a murky businessman in Paradise, and the kidnaping of a young woman from the cult she had chosen to join. Books containing both Stone and Randall are often more about the characters than the story itself. This is doubly so here, as the two are finally drawn together. This makes for some of the most in-depth character development by Parker, but it is all at cost to the narrative. The central detective stories are light, underdeveloped and, by the end, slightly confused. Parker was not quite able to balance the burgeoning romance with the reason people actually pick up a Jesses Stone novel; wise cracking detective work.
Although it was nice to conclude both Stone and Randall's character arcs as they do in `Split Image', it cannot quite make up for one of the weaker crime stories that Parker wrote. A bittersweet send off.
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