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High Profile [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert B. Parker
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March 4 2008 Jesse Stone
The murder of a notorious public figure places Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone in the harsh glare of the media spotlight.

When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case, forcing him to deal with small-minded local officials and national media scrutiny. When another dead body-that of a young woman-is discovered just a few days later, the pressure becomes almost unbearable.

Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. But what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care-not a single one of Weeks's ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens.

Despite Weeks's reputation and the girl's tender age, Jesse is hard-pressed to find legitimate suspects. Though the crimes are perhaps the most gruesome Jesse has ever witnessed, it is the malevolence behind them that makes them all the more frightening. Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon comes to realize that knowing whom he can trust is indeed a matter of life and death.


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From Publishers Weekly

The murder of Walton Weeks, a Rush Limbaugh–like political commentator in sleepy Paradise, Mass., drives the action of bestseller Parker's competent whodunit, a sequel of sorts to Blue Screen (2006), which first paired two of the authors' non-Parker series characters—Jess Stone, an ex-LAPD detective trying to resurrect his career as Paradise's police chief, and PI Sunny Randall—with predictable romantic results. After a stalker sexually assaults Stone's ex-wife, Jenn, Stone asks Randall to serve as Jenn's bodyguard. Stone finds himself under atypical media and political scrutiny, especially after Weeks's pregnant mistress is also found dead in Paradise. Both Stone and Randall are still weighed down with significant emotional baggage from their exes, and it's Parker's exploration of their ambivalent relationship that is this book's strength. The plot, however, is much less developed than Jane Haddam's Hardscrabble Road (2006), which likewise featured the murder of a right-wing radio commentator. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* Walton Weeks is a one-man media empire. He hosts a popular national radio gabfest, writes a newspaper column, and churns out best-selling books. At least he did until someone shot him and left him hanging from a tree in Paradise, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, the body of Weeks' pregnant lover is discovered in a nearby dumpster. Paradise police chief Jesse Stone fends off pressure from the governor and the state police in order to solve the high-profile case with the resources of his 12-person force. The potential suspects include two ex-wives, a widow, a bodyguard, and assorted staff members. Stone's problem is determining a motive. In a parallel plot, Stone attends to the needs of his ex-wife, Jenn, who alleges she was raped and claims she is being stalked by her attacker. Unable to cope with the murders and the rape, Stone calls on private investigator Sunny Randall--a sometime lover--to help with Jenn. Obsessive, sometimes unhealthy love is a recurring theme in Parker's work. In his Spenser novels, the protagonist and his lover have come through the tough times intact. Stone and Jenn have a strong but deleterious bond and are in the midst of a trying emotional journey to an unknown destination. This is Parker's most complex, ambitious novel in years. Spenser is always the toughest, coolest guy in the room. Jesse Stone sometimes seems like the toughest, coolest guy in the room, but he knows he's not. Great reading from an old hand who hasn't lost his touch. Wes Lukowsky
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bonds of Matrimony Feb. 28 2007
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Pick up a Robert Parker book and you expect a mystery, some action, and witty dialogue. Sometimes the order of importance changes among those three elements. In the background, there will be rumblings about the nature of friendship, love, and commitment.

HIGH PROFILE adds a new dimension to the primary mix: relationships. HIGH PROFILE could be best characterized as relationships, dialogue, mystery, and action. For those who will like this book, only the first element, relationships, will count. Those who won't like the book will be annoyed that there's not enough mystery, action, and witty dialogue.

When most people marry in the United States, they promise to stay together "until death do us part." With the current divorce rate, a more accurate statement would be to promise to remain wedded "until divorce or death do us part."

Robert B. Parker has decided to take the original oaths seriously in this novel: What if we remain connected primarily to those we marry until we die . . . even if we become separated or divorced? Those connections might be based in part on our vows, our understanding of one another's needs, mutual sympathy, and an interpersonal dynamic that helps one another get through life. In this story, that question is examined from the perspective of every once-married character in the book. I found it to be fascinating. If you like serious novels about relationships, I think you'll find HIGH PROFILE to be rewarding whether or not you agree with the point that Mr. Parker has to make.

Here's the surface story. Jesse Stone has been seeing Sunny Randall (see BLUE SCREEN if you want to know the background). Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn, has gone off to pursue her career, one bedroom at a time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tree and Dumpster Oct. 4 2014
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the sixth book in the Jesse Stone series by Robert Parker. It follows Sea Change and is followed by Stranger In Paradise. Jesse feels he has his drinking under control and achieves some insights about his relationship with his ex-wife Jenn. He recognizes how good he is at being the Police Chief in his small Massachusetts town. Avoiding putting this at risk sometimes helps him avoid some bad decisions he is tempted to make.

Out-of-towners keep showing up in Paradise to die. This time it is famous talk show personality Walton Weeks and his young assistant who is pregnant with his child. Jesse, Molly Crane, and “Detective” Suit Simpson begin checking out Weeks’ wife, ex-wives, and business associates. No one is much bothered by Weeks’ death, but they have an interesting mix of attitudes toward each other.

While working the case, Jesse and his team must fend off demands for information from the media-conscious Massachusetts Governor and his staff. “Do you dislike the Governor?” asks a member of the Big Man’s entourage, confused at Jesse’s lack of talkativeness. “Not at all,” Jesse explains. “It’s you I don’t like.” Asked and answered.

This is a good story with believable character development and a few unexpected twists. My only complaint with the series so far is that the books are relatively short by today’s standards. I’d like to see them packaged together to produce books two or three times their present length.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Triangles, Bad Chices March 22 2007
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Jesse Stone's personal life comes to a crux with Jenn and Sunny brought together all the while a high profile double murder investigation takes place. Some nice plotting with the murder and great repartee with Molly and Suitcase - the running "detective" gag is well played out. Now, pers opinion but, what really is there to like about Jenn? More and more she's written out as a round-heeled airhead careerist. Enough to drive a strong man to drink! Also, guessing that the next Sunny Randall tale will (should?) go back and explore Richie...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Author Jan. 21 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
All of Robert B. Parker's novels are a definite must read - from the very first book in each character's series to the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 13 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
great book
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