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Night and Day by Robert B. Parker

Night and Day

by Robert B. Parker

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Series: Jesse Stone (8)

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Lots of crossover characters from the Spenser series. While Jesse deals with crimes of obsession, he begins to come to terms with some of his own. Sunny Randall is in this. Rita Fiore makes a few brief appearances. Seeing a shrink is helpful to more than a couple of characters.
  raizel | Aug 20, 2014 |
This was the eighth novel written by now deceased Robert B. Parker in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse Stone, about 35, is the police chief of the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. He is also an ex-alcoholic and he is still involved with his ex-wife. But he has made inroads into the corruption and crime in Paradise, and is well liked by the police force.

In this book, Stone is investigating a character who calls himself the “Night Hawk.” The Night Hawk started out as a relatively harmless peeping tom, but he has moved on to home invasions in which he forces women to strip naked at gun point. As it happens, Jesse is also investigating swingers groups. When the women in the group identify a man who likes to look but not touch, Jesse thinks he may have found the Night Hawk. The dénouement involves using Jesse’s faithful female assistant, Molly, as bait for the bad guy.

To a large extent, the entire book revolves around the various sexual obsessions of several characters. The Night Hawk is intent on looking at naked middle-aged women. Various members of the swinging couples club are into having sex with other peoples’ spouses. And as in all the earlier Jesse Stone books, Jesse is obsessed with his ex-wife, Jenn. A substantial number of pages are devoted to Jesse’s discussions with his psychoanalyst about his own obsessions and those of the potential suspects.

As is typical of Parker’s books, the subplots and snappy dialog are more interesting than the main plot. I sometimes enjoy finding out how many donuts the individual cops will consume more than I enjoy the solving of the crime. Parker, who has made Jesse Stone a former minor league baseball shortstop, is also particularly good at describing the difference between a pretty good athlete’s skills and those of a genuine major leaguer. In any event, this novel is a good representative of Parker’s genre.

Evaluation: Enjoyable and diverting, if not earth-shaking. ( )
  nbmars | Jul 16, 2014 |
Night and Day Jesse Stone Mystery by Robert B. Parker
Lewd conduct by the junior high school principal. Others have stated she's looking at the girls underwear. Her husband is the town's lawyer and she knows she's protected.
And the peeping tom now goes into houses and at gun point takes pictures of nude women.
One of the girls wants the police chief to stop her parents from being swingers.
Love how the investigations go with all the things going on at one time.
What a town, Paradise, MA. ( )
  jbarr5 | Jul 25, 2013 |
not quite as clever and fast paced as the "spencer" books, but enjoyable. The climax at the end was much too abrupt. ( )
  timking33 | Jul 23, 2013 |
The Night Hawk, a serial peeping Tom is on the loose in Paradise, Massachusetts. When simple voyeurism isn’t enough for him, he begins to break in and force women to strip naked so that he can photograph them. Jesse Stone draws The Night Hawk out by pressuring a group of local swingers in town.

Parker again builds a fairly realistic plot for a small town chief of police – peeping Tom turned home invader – and manages to handle the pathology for this kind of criminal fairly accurately. As mentioned in previous reviews of the series, Parker seems a little too focused on the sex, especially obsessive sex, in his stories.

Bottom Line: Not the best of the series but not the worst either – a fairly realistic plot, even if there is still a little too much obsessive sex.

3 ½ bones!!!! ( )
2 vote blackdogbooks | Aug 6, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399155414, Hardcover)

Parker and Stone-back with another New York Times bestseller

When the sun sets in Paradise, the women get nervous. A Peeping Tom is on the loose. According to the notes he sends Police Chief Jesse Stone, he's about to take his obsession one step further.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:53:44 -0400)

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Paradise, Massachusetts, Police Chief Jesse Stone must deal in his own laconic way with the town's rights and wrongs, including a Peeping Tom, the Paradise Free Swingers, and a firestorm of protests at the junior high school.

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