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Stranger in Paradise by Robert B. Parker


Cover art: Stranger in Paradise Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Stranger in Paradise - 7th in the Jesse Stone series
Author: Robert B. Parker
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-22628-5
Release Date: February 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild 
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Robert's Website: www.robertbparker.net

Hi All,

I am a great fan of Robert B. Parker.  I've read all the Spencer book and all the Sunny Randall books.  I like them better than the Jesse Stone books, but the fact that Tom Selleck plays the main character in the TV specials certainly got my interest.  I gave Mr. Parker a high rating because he is, after all, Robert B. Parker.  But, I'm not as fond of Jesse as I am of Spencer and Sunny.

Jesse Stone is a police chief in a small town called Paradise in Massachusetts.  He is a likeable character, but he is a drunk and has an unusual relationship with his former wife who works in television.  She apparently slept her way to the top and still does.  However, back to the story.  An old nemesis of Jesse's comes back to Paradise searching for the daughter of a Mafia big shot and to kill her mother.  He stops at the police station to give Jesse a heads up as to why he's there.  In the past, Crow, who is an Apache hit man had taken part in an armed robbery in Paradise and had not hurt any of the women that were held up.  A hit man with a heart.  Crow's conscience bothers him, told you he had a heart, and he doesn't make the hit on the mother.  So, look out, he'll pay for that.  Unfortunately, Jesse and company might pay for it too so they are trying to protect Crow and the girl and the mother and it goes on and on.

sat down with it ready to be dazzled.  Mr. Parker has got all the secrets of story telling down pat and he certainly has not lost his touch over the years but, and isn't there always a but?  I like Jesse and his cops.  I hate Jenn and wish that Mr. Parker would send her off somewhere.  I don't know why Jesse still drinks so much and seems to have this thing about his ex even though she uses him so badly and Crow, after all, is a murderer.  But, as I said before, Parker is a really crafty story teller so he deserves a high rating always.


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