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Book Reviews of Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9)

Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9)
Split Image - Jesse Stone, Bk 9
Author: Robert B. Parker
ISBN-13: 9780399156236
ISBN-10: 0399156232
Publication Date: 2/23/2010
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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9 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

jdyinva avatar reviewed Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9) on + 408 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I was so saddened by Robert Parker's demise and looked forward to reading the last Jesse Stone book. It was okay. Read fast but I just couldn't get involved or care too much about what was going on. On the plus side, both Susan Silverman and Sunny Randall joined Jesse is solving a double murder. The usual wonderful dialogue and quick chapters. This author will be sorely missed.
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You can just picture Tom Selleck in this role of Jesse Stone and it makes the book go so fast, Parker's characters are quick and concise and the stories are the same, he doesn't waste time on pages of description not necessary and makes it easy to read a book in a day's time.
glendaham avatar reviewed Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9) on
Classic Parker for Jesse Stone. Good read, but better if you start with first book in Jesse Stone stories and follow chronologically. This book is #9 in the series and will be a better read if the earlier novels are read first.
reviewed Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9) on + 3 more book reviews
always fast paced, good
reviewed Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9) on + 105 more book reviews
I've read everything Parker wrote up to and including this book. He used to be one of my favorite light reads, and I was sorry to hear he had passed away.

The last few of his books haven't been up to his earlier high standard, and this one is a case in point; I found myself rather bored by the time I was half way through it. While he was once the master of snappy dialogue, there needs to be a little something besides snappy dialogue to support the story. His latest work seems to have become just commentary on people's sex habits and their therapy experiences. There were, of course, a couple murders but I got the feeling he just threw them in so people would think it was good old cops and robbers - this was more cops and their shrinks than cops and robbers - makes you wonder if Parker was seeing a therapist at the end of his life.

His protagonist, Jesse Stone, the police chief of Paradise MA, who has had a drinking problem as long as we've known him, spends most of his time worrying about whether or not he's a real alcoholic. Jesse's squeeze of the moment, Sunny Randall, who had a series of Parker books with her as protagonist and fellow therapy seeker, makes the pronouncement that while Jesse drinks too much once in a while, he's certainly no alcoholic - and he's all too willing to buy into that diagnosis.

Speaking as an alcoholic who hasn't had a drink in over forty years, let me say this about that: non-alcoholics don't waste a lot of time worrying about whether they're alcoholic or not. Alcoholism is the only disease I know of that does its best to convince you that you don't have it. The fellowship I belong to says we can't identify anyone but ourselves as alcoholic, but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, chances are pretty good it's a duck. Jesse Stone's been quacking for a long time...
KS2AZMARINE avatar reviewed Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9) on + 30 more book reviews
Jesse Stone is a rock solid guy. Although the movies a well done, I like the Jessie Stone in the books better.
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I loved it.
perryfran avatar reviewed Split Image (Jesse Stone, Bk 9) on + 970 more book reviews
Robert B. Parker died in 2010 and Split Image was the last in the Jesse Stone series that he wrote. However, the series has continued with an additional six books written by Michael Brandman and Reed Farrel Coleman. I have enjoyed this series by Parker and I have the next two books written by Brandman so I will have to see how they compare.

Split Image was a typical Stone novel with Jesse investigating the deaths of two crime figures who were killed in Paradise. Sunny Randall, the PI from Boston, is also a key figure in this one and she is looking into a case involving and 18-year-old young woman who has left her parents for a cult religious group. It looks like Stone has finally given up on his ex-wife, Jenna, and appears to be getting serious with Sunny. The novel works its way to a satisfying conclusion as Stone tries to solve the two murders and Sunny helps the young woman in her estranged relationship with her parents and her unhealthy involvement with the cult. I always enjoy the laid-back narrative of the Stone novels including the crisp dialog and the dry wit of Stone. I will see how the series goes from here with new authors!
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Last of Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series. Good read
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