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High Profile

by Robert B. Parker

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Series: Jesse Stone (6)

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This is the sixth novel by Robert B. Parker in the Jesse Stone series about the police chief of fictional Paradise, Massachusetts. Parker’s forte is witty persiflage and fast paced action. His weakness (in my opinion) is a kind of loopy Freudian approach to relationships between men and women.

The main plot of this book is pretty good, featuring the murder of a prominent radio talk show host. The badinage between Jesse and his staff (Suitcase Simpson and Molly) is vintage Parker. However, I just can’t buy the interaction between the ultimate killer and his girlfriend. Even worse is Jesse’s continued devotion to his unfaithful estranged wife. Parker can make her pretty, but he can’t make her interesting, let alone lovable, especially in light of Jesse’s relationship with the not quite as pretty, but much more interesting detective, Holly Randal.

This one is a good murder mystery, but the romantic subplots are so unbelievable I was disappointed with the book as a whole.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Sep 20, 2014 |
The story was probably a typical Jesse Stone, which means this should have been a 3 star book. Instead, it was too irritating to listen to due to all the "He said", "She said" that ruled every conversation. It's nice to know who is talking, but they were in almost EVERY single sentence of dialog. Worse, 'said' was used when obviously 'asked' should have been. "How are you doing," he said. NO!!!

There were some other issues with obvious points being talked up, but those I could forgive. I don't expect perfect writing in an obvious series writer like Parker. From my friends' reviews, I have my suspicions that Random House or the reader (who was good) tossed these 'said's in. I can't imagine any editor who graduated elementary school would have left them all in.

Highly disappointed!

Anyone who has read the print version: Can you tell me if they're an artifact of the audio version only? ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
[High Profile] is a high point for the Jesse Stone mystery series.

A controversial pundit and talk-show host turns up dead, shot and then staged to appear that he hanged himself in a park. A couple of days later, a woman turns up dead from gunshots in a dumpster behind a local restaurant. A high profile murder victim means high profile media and political scrutiny. Multiple victims in a small town means boiling-point pressure.

Parker has a knack for describing the mundaneness of real police work in a way that seems exciting. While his stories are sometimes driven by over-the-top plots, Parker often grounds the solving of the central mystery in good, old-fashioned police work – witness interviews, database queries, cross-referencing known information, surveillance, and re-interviewing witnesses. None of this is particularly interesting, but Parker makes it seem fun.

The one drawback to this Jesse Stone mystery is the inclusion of Sunny Randall, the heroine of another of Parker’s mystery series. Jesse’s obsessive relationship with his ex-wife is on the wane, and Sunny seems to be the perfect match for Jesse. Well, yeah – Sunny Randall is essentially the exact female replica of Jesse Stone. Putting these two together is forced and contrived and a little annoying.

Bottom Line: A high point in the Jesse Stone mystery series, primarily because Parker gets back to real police work.

4 bones!!!! ( )
2 vote blackdogbooks | Aug 6, 2011 |
might all the robert parkers be the same? ( )
  bookscentlover | Aug 4, 2011 |
Fair plot as Jesse Stone and team uncover the mystery surrounding the murder of a talk radio personality and his girlfriend. Jesse's ex-wife also appears without much reason. Plot fairly good but not much character/scene development. ( )
  addunn3 | Mar 30, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425206092, Mass Market Paperback)

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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Paradise, Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone must investigate the murder of a controversial talk-show host and a young woman, found dead a few days later. The medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the victims.

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