Death in Paradise - Jesse Stone, Bk 3 Author:Robert B. Parker "With all the authority of a bone-crunching fist, Robert B. Parker is back with another breezy detective novel that mystery fans will find as satisfying as a juicy prime rib at Peter Luger." (New York Post) — The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot with his teammates, drinkin... more »g beer, swapping stories of double plays and beautiful women in the late-summer twilight. But then a frightened voice calls out to him from the edge of a nearby lake. There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them, facedown, was something that used to be a girl.
The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned: she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.
Filled with magnetic characters and the muscular writing that are Parker's trademarks, Death in Paradise is a storytelling masterpiece.« less
People who like Robert B. Parker should love this one; it is vintage Parker. The spartan dialogue, minimal descriptions that almost read like a screenplay. Jesse Stone struggles with addictions: alcoholism, his ex-wife, and the knowledge that his job as police chief of a small town north of Boston is is last shot at salvaging what is left of a career. Not a "great" book, but a great "read" and arguably the best of the Jesse Stone series.
Couldn't put it down! The crime solving keeps me hooked even though the self-analysis and the whole Jenn thing wear a little thin. Couldn't give it fewer than five stars, though, considering it came in yesterday's mail, I picked it up at 8:30 last night and am posting it this morning!
This is a quick, easy read. The dialog is more laconic than the Spenser series by Parker, but just as entertaining. A little home spun philosophy is thrown in, but nothing too deep. Having Tom Selleck play Jesse Stone (the main character) on TV has enhanced my enjoyment of this series,