Robert B. Parker cooked up an ex-convict named Jimmy Macklin who has an ambitious scheme to loot an entire island populated by some very wealthy people, and he recruits a crew to help him blow up a bridge, take out a private security force, empty a bank and then make a getaway by boat so it certainly seems like he might have taken a page out of Richard Stark’s novels about professional thief Parker.
However that’s where the similarities end. For one thing, instead of being a hum ...more
I will give the synopsis on this book since the cases do not carry over from one book to the next.
Robert Parker's Trouble in Paradise imagines an old-fashioned tough guys' world where most of the women are summed up by their figure ...more
The blurb on the back of the book should have tipped me off: "This book is so good, there's not enough R's in ...more
Stiles Island is a wealthy and exclusive enclave separated by a bridge from the Massachusetts coastal town of Paradise. A group of ex-cons plan to blow the bridge and loot the island, and Paradise police chief Jesse Stone already has his hands full.Amazon.com Review
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, Massachu
This is the second installment in the Jesse Stone/Paradise series. I would certainly recommend reading these in order as Jesse's private life is nearly as exciting as the murder and mayhem going on around him. It's a little disturbing to think that such a tiny town as Paradise seemingly is could have so much crime so soon--I shiver ...more
Jesse's domestic troubles are gradually overshadowed, however, when ex-con Jimmy Macklin arrives in town. Macklin plans ...more
Like police in many small towns, Jesse has to cope with the shenanigans of local teenagers who hang around with nothing to do. When the two Hopkins brothers and their friend Snapper deface the home of a homosexual couple and set fire to the building, Je ...more
There are two parallel plots going on ...more
This was a good story: bad guys that are believably mean and nasty (bad girls, too!), women, booze, cars, boats, explosions, robberies, murders with the implacable and unflappable J ...more
I could write more on how the main plot was unoriginal and ended but I wasted enough time on this book and if reading the 3rd book is worth it.
In the movie versions despite his problem with booze Jesse was a character you ...more
Jess Stone is the Chief of police in a small Massachusetts town. Half of the story follows him as he deals with a recent divorce, as well as punk kids and an entire island full of people be ...more
It starts with the release of a criminal whose exploits form one of the storylines of this heistnovel. The continueing story of Stones job as police-chief of Paradise is the other one. His tale starts with the torching of a gay couples house while they are on vacation. Jesse invites the mothers wrath when he catches her sons and he does not bow ...more
Unlike the first novel, Jesse Stone's character only interacts with the "bad guys" minimally in this novel before the big showdown, which I enjoyed. Just the movement of the plot was stronger. Parker had me sucked in within the first chapter.
While some may consider Jesse stuck in a bit of a love triangle, I didn't see it that way. He is a grown man who i ...more
I loved the TV movies of Jesse Stone and these books seem to be written for Sellec which is a treat. Jesse is more of a womanizer in the books but they are good reads so far.
Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced. ...more