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Split Image

by Robert B. Parker

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Series: Jesse Stone (9), Sunny Randall (7)

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Split Image is Robert B. Parker’s ninth Jesse Stone novel. In it, Stone, the police chief of (fictional) Paradise, Massachusetts, investigates the murder of a mob enforcer and the subsequent murder of the enforcer’s boss. It turns out the mob enforcer is married to a beautiful woman whose twin sister is married to the mob boss himself. Moreover, the couples live right next door to one another. This of course complicates the case.

Jesse also assists his sometimes intimate (female) friend -private investigator, Sunny Randall, with the rescue of a confused 18- year-old girl from a local sex cult.

As in all the previous novels of the series, Jesse Stone struggles with his alcohol problem and his obsession with Jenn, his former wife. In the end, it looks as if Parker may finally free Jesse from his addictions to booze and Jenn, and let him ride off into the sunset (so to speak) with Sunny Randall. However since Parker died just before Split Image was published, we may never know what Parker intended. The series has been continued by Michael Brandman, who had worked with Parker on screenplays for the tv movies made based on the series (starring Tom Selleck.) In an interview, Brandman said, referring to Robert Parker’s widow Joan:

"Joan Parker recently commented that from whatever cloud Bob’s now sitting on, he is most assuredly amused that it’s I who is carrying his torch. I’m only hoping that he’s not press-checking his pistol and preparing to fire at me."

Evaluation: Parker writes well and tersely, and is never boring. This book is typical of his crime novels--fast and fluffy. Their appeal is somewhat like that of a long-running TV series: we begin to care more about the regular characters than about the specific plot of the particular book we are reading.

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  nbmars | Mar 4, 2014 |
Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall combine in this mystery as each solve a separate crime and begin to find themselves releasing from their ex's thrall. ( )
  WhitmelB | Sep 26, 2013 |
SUMMARY: Family ties prove deadly in the brilliant new Jesse Stone novel from New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker. The body in the trunk was just the beginning. Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach. Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects-and with each other. EDITORIAL REVIEW: ** Family ties prove deadly in the brilliant new Jesse Stone novel from *New York Times*-bestselling author Robert B. Parker. ** The body in the trunk was just the beginning. Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach. Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects-and with each other.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Any book by Robert Parker you know you will finish quickly. Writing style is of the short, fast nature. Another good one!!
  djts5420 | May 10, 2013 |
Oh, my god, why do I keep reading Parker's books? Why? Especially the Jesse Stone novels, which piss me off so much?

The essentialist creepiness in this series gets worse in every book. There's one way to have sex, there's one way to conduct therapy, there's one reason to break up a relationship, and if you deviate from that script, you are A DEVIANT, and BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO DEVIANTS.

I need a shower. ( )
  cricketbats | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Love runs rampant in this story — young love, parental love, marital love, friendly love, lovey-dovey love, even noxious perversions of love that are downright criminal. Hotbed of passion that it’s turned out to be, Paradise seems a very good place to take our leave of Jesse.
 
This is not Bob Parker's best Jesse Stone novel. But it's Chief Stone's last case and it's readable. Funny and suspenseful, as all of Parker's work is, but perhaps just a shade less bright than his best. It features the competent and sharp-witted Stone fighting crime and his own overfondness for the bottle alongside his attractive ensemble cast, including officers Molly Crane and Luther "Suitcase" Simpson (extra enjoyment points for those who remember the 1950s baseball player of the same name).
 

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Molly Crane stuck her head into the open doorway of Jesse's office and said, "Chief Stone, there's a private detective from Boston here to see you."
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Unabridged audio on 4 CDs, read by James Naughton:

The body in the trunk was just the beginning.

Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.

Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle wiht the bottle, Jesse Stone needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects--and with each other.
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What initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach. Jesse Stone and private investigator Sunny Randall team up to solve two cases involving the gunshot murder of Petrov Ognowski and a religious cult holding an 18-year-old girl against her will.… (more)

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