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Trouble in Paradise (Jesse Stone Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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Robert Parker's Trouble in Paradise imagines an old-fashioned tough guys' world where most of the women are summed up by their figures and the men are measured by their ability to intimidate. Chief Jesse Stone of Paradise, Massachusetts, is Parker's hero again in this sequel to Night Passage. When he's not thinking about what his girlfriends look like under their clothes, Stone's touring his beat, hanging out at the Gray Gull Hotel bar to get intelligence on local thugs, or interrogating teens about their destructive pranks. But he has a vulnerable side, too, and Parker adds new layers of depth and complexity to his latest series character. Jesse's still reeling from his divorce. He and his ex-wife, Jenn, are not entirely ready to let go. In fact, Jenn has followed Jesse east from L.A. and is suffering in the Boston climate as one of the anchors on the local news. Romance with Jenn is further complicated by Jesse's ongoing attraction to attorney Abby Taylor and his emerging relationship with realtor Marcy Campbell.

Jesse's domestic troubles are gradually overshadowed, however, when ex-con Jimmy Macklin arrives in town. Macklin plans to pull "the mother of all stickups" on the ritzy Stiles Island in Paradise Harbor. He has figured out that the Stiles Island bridge, with its underpinning of utility cables and pipes, is a veritable lifeline to the mainland, and he's gathered a rogues' gallery of professional crooks and killers to help him take the bridge and make the island into a thieves' paradise. The one problem: Macklin never figured that Paradise, Massachusetts, would have a police chief as tough and resourceful as Jesse Stone.

As usual, Parker's stark and facile prose perfectly complements the masculine sufferings of his hero, and the action of the novel unfolds with an effortlessness that intimates a craftsman at work. With Parker's Spenser safely canonized as a detective fiction legend, Jesse Stone's unfolding world offers a welcome new addition to Parker's ouevre. --Patrick O'Kelley

From Publishers Weekly

Tough and tight, Parker's second Jesse Stone crime novel (after last year's Night Passage) finds the chief of police of modest Paradise, Mass., battling a ruthless gang of thieves even as he jousts with personal demons. Two parallel plotlines tell the story. One follows career criminal James Macklin and his moll, Faye, and their planning and subsequent execution of the heist of all the money and valuables on super-rich Stiles Island, which is connected by bridge to Paradise. Meanwhile, there's Stone, a cool customer who's not afraid to step on wealthy toes but who can't get his love life in order and can barely control his taste for booze. The crime line is the stronger of the two, traced in prose as lean as any Parker has wrought, a grand little caper tale in its own right as Macklin collects a rogue's gallery of accomplices, isolates Stiles Island by dynamiting its bridge and harbor, then preys upon its inhabitants. Stone's romantic entanglements, particularly his troubled relationship with his ex-wife, add texture to the novel and are notably less sentimental than the amours of his Spenser stories. They manifest at times in a histrionic way, however?as when the ex assaults a woman trying to get Stone fired?that retards the surge of the crime story. Stone remains a magnetic character, as silent as Spenser is chatty but equally strong, though likely too enigmatic at this juncture to engender the sort of reader affection that Spenser enjoys. Parker fans and all who love muscular crime writing will appreciate this tale, as the Boston-based crime master once again shows how to do it well, and with style. BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F4AUZ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Police Chief Jesse Stone, coming into his own.... March 27 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second of Parker's new series, and Jesse Stone is being well developed. He definitely isn't a Spenser clone. He's more serious and more fallible. Actually, he's more human and easier to identify with.
This particular book pits him against a gang of five, two of which are indeed formidable, along with a woman who's formidable because of her love for one of the bad guys. The 3rd person narrative allows us to get a better picture of the bad guys and exactly what they're doing than we get in Spenser's 1st person narratives.
Jesse Stone isn't as fast with the wise cracks and snappy dialogue as Spenser is, but the two main crooks give us a lot of snappy dialogue. In fact, one restaurant conversation between Macklin and Crow could've easily been between Spenser and Hawk.
Lots to notice in the book. Jenn is going to a Cambridge shrink. Could that shrink be somebody we Spenser fans know well? A base of characters is being built up here, and I'm sure we'll see some of them in future books. Tony Marcus shows up, but notice that Stone doesn't meet him, so they're unaware of each other. A lot of readers are concerned about Sloan's drinking and his sex habits. It seems to me that he's not truly an alcoholic and is keeping his drinking under control. As far as whether he's practicing safe sex or not...well, Parker doesn't really tell us whether he's taking precautions or not.
Important thing is that this is a fun read. The short chapters are hooks though...like salted peanuts, one always needs one more. And I disagree with anyone who implies these books are quickly forgotten. I'm surprised when I come across references to the previous book as to how much I do remember.
If Parker is indeed easing Spenser out the door, Sloan may well be the more interesting of Parker's new series heroes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm becoming a real Robert B. Parker fan! Feb. 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As luck would have it it appears that I'm reading Mr. Parker's books in reverse order, but I'm finding it doesn't much matter. So far I've only read two, and each had a different leading chracter, but the writing style is very similar and very easy to read. The chapters are short, some might think a bit too short, but I was always driven to read "just one more." :D
In my opinion the writing is simple, but I haven't found the character development "one dimensional" as some have observed. I feel that I know the characters pretty well even though they're introduced in relatively few words. For me, it makes the book that much more entertaining, and certainly less work.
This really isn't a murder mystery, but rather it's a "who's doing it" - the story unfolds before your eyes, and even when you think you know what's going to happen, you'll still find plenty of surprises along the way.
I truly recommend this book, and I already have another Jesse Stone book on order:D
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, even for a nice try. Feb. 10 2002
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Format:Hardcover
Like "Night Passage" this novel is also a nice try. But it does a lot better job of being a good mystery. This is Parker's best novel in years. The action moves at a steady pace without breaking down. And we see Jesse Stone as the police chief he could be. Try it, you'll like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in Paradise Oct. 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Trouble in Paradise" is the second Jesse Stone novel by Robert B. Parker, who, in my opinion, is one of the finest novelists working today. The book alternates chapters with Jesse and his job and personal life, and James Macklin, a criminal who plans to loot Stiles Island by stealing from its rich residents. He hires 4 other criminals to help him pull it off. The two storylines meet at the end of the book. Jesse is quite different from Spenser, Parker's more famous character, but I really like him. I also enjoyed his relationship with Jenn, his ex-wife. "Trouble in Paradise" is a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in Paradise Oct. 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Trouble in Paradise" is the second Jesse Stone novel by Robert B. Parker. Stone is police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts, and a former Los Angeles cop. James Macklin, along with his girlfriend, Faye, plan to loot Stiles Island and steal from the rich people there. He hires 5 tough guys to help him pull off the crime. Chapters alternate from the crooks to Jesse, who re-kindles a romance with his ex-wife, Jenn. Stone also solves an arson case. As the crime on Stiles Island unfolds, the 2 storylines come together. I really like the character of Jesse Stone, and I really enjoyed reading this novel. Robert B. Parker is at the top of his form with "Trouble in Paradise."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paradise lost May 14 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was really looking forward to the continuing adventures of Jesse Stone. My complaint about this story is that the ending failed to live up to the drama created as the story moved on. It ended too abruptly.
I would like to see future novels with Jesse Stone to be longer so it will fel more like a novel and less like a TV episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I EVEN LOVE THE BAD GUYS! Dec 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
But most of all I love Jesse Stone; a man of few words who is soooo deep. I admire Mr. Parker's ability to describe his characters so that they are actually in your mind as if you were watching a TV movie. And, as a female mystery freak, I can also understand Jesse's relationships with all the woman in his life and his respect for woman. Mr. Parker gets to the true inner feelings of women - all kinds of women. Jesse also brings out the best in people. I do hope there is more written about "Crow" -- what a character.
Mr. Parker - I like your style.
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