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Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone #2)

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ebook, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Berkley Books (first published 1998)
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Kemper
Parker vs. Parker?

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
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Janie Johnson
Feb 10, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This is the second installment to the Jesse Stone series and also part of my series-a-thon for this year. So I want to stay on top of the series and read them when I can. I did enjoy this one more than the first one, but still not quite up to the 4 star rating.

Synopsis
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
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Catten
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps Robert B. Parker has written better books than Trouble in Paradise. I was disappointed enough with this --my first, I will never pick up another by him. The writing was bad, and the character development was weak - though I admit there was a little bit. The plot could have been great if it wasn't hidden behind all of the characters trying to decide who they want to have sex with.

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
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Lynette
May 03, 2016 Lynette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker is just such a great story teller... this was really a fun story and well told. Jesse Stone is an interesting character, and I'm glad this is a series.
Gail Mchugh
Sep 05, 2013 Gail Mchugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok loved this book as well. I love strong characters that have a few flaws. The drinking I can take but the Jenn thing is getting to me. Macklin was nasty but I somehow did not mind Crow the Indian. I like Molly the dispatcher and Suitcase, Jesse's side kick. He sleeps with all these women but thank God the book is not full of gratuitous sex. And again with the Jenn business. I am no sure I can take her for much longer. But since I love Jesse and all the rest of the cast I shall persevere with h ...more
John Marsh
Dec 13, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Megargee
This is the second of the Jesse Stone novels that succeed Parker's Spenser series. If you liked Spenser, you'd be a fool not to try Stone (as Spenser and Stone and other Parker characters would say). The style, the short choppy sentences, the dialog, and the characters are all similar. Indeed, some actual Spenser characters, like Boston cop Belson and mafia Chief Joe Broz, find their way into the stone series. There are superficial differences... Spenser was a private eye, Stone is a cop; Spens ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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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, Massachu

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C.C. Thomas
Dec 18, 2014 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am a huge Parker fan and will read anything with his name on it. That rule has never failed me, which isn't always true of every writer. This book was no exception.

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
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Pat
May 18, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paula Dembeck
In the second entry in the series we follow Jesse as he settles into his job as Police Chief in Paradise Massachusetts. He has developed ways to monitor what is going on in the small town and is trying to develop the skills of his police officers.

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
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Milt Jacobs
Jan 30, 2016 Milt Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker is one of my faves.
Dyana
Jun 12, 2015 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this 2nd in the series of Jesse Stone and will forever equate him with the character Tom Selleck played in the movies. Jesse is Police Chief of Paradise, Massachusetts, he's a tough and strong personality with plenty of flaws - two of them being his inability to give up alcohol and his ex-wife. He likes women but loves his ex-wife Jenn. He can't let go of her emotionally. He says little, but you can see in the silence the wheels turning in his mind.

There are two parallel plots going on
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Steve
Feb 16, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second Jesse Stone story I've read and I believe the second in the series and I'm even more hooked than the first book. The characters are evolving and becomeing more of the story as Jesse plods along in his own lagubrious manner in Paradise. But his archilies heel has turned his life upside down just as a major villain turns up in Paradise, well a few major villans in fact, getting up to no good. Jenn, Jesse's ex-wife but still very much a feature of his life if she didn't sleep in any othe ...more
Franklin Atherton
Jesse Stone number two went down just as fast and smooth as Jesse Stone number one. Reading Robert B. Parker is the closest thing I know to pouring words directly into my brain. Very little effort is required. Suddenly I'm finished with the book and I have this story in my head that wasn't there before. Fast and easy.

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
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Diane
Feb 04, 2014 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
The second in the series about Jesse Stone, police chief of a small New England town, having relocated there from L.A. He's still troubled by his relationship with his ex-wife and still struggling with alcohol. Meanwhile, a man newly out of prison is planning a major heist of the homes and bank in an upscale community on a little island next to Paradise where Jesse is the chief. Jesse doesn't discover it until almost before the heist happens and everything hits the fan. It's not bad, easy read, ...more
Karen
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stiles Island is a wealthy and exclusive enclave separated by a bridge from the Massachusetts coast town of Paradise. James Macklin sees the island as the ultimate investment opportunity: all he needs to do is invade it, blow the bridge, and loot the island. To realize his scheme, Macklin, along with his devoted girlfriend, Faye, assembles a crew of fellow ex-cons - all experts in their fields - including Wilson Cromartie, a fearsome Apache. As Macklin plans his crime, Paradise police chief Jess ...more
Scott K
Aug 23, 2015 Scott K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT; It's more about Jesse and sex and all the women who want to have sex with Jesse. Having sex with Jesse is the most important thing in their lives. To balance it out Parker tosses in one of the baddest of bad boys but I won't spoil it and tell you who wins.

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
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Kerrfunk
Apr 11, 2014 Kerrfunk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a two-day read, on the heels of Jesse Stone #1, Night Passage. More candy. Jesse Stone is a police chief in Paradise somewhere near Boston, recently relocated from LA after a divorce and a descent into alcoholism. He proved his worth last year, and now there's Trouble in Paradise in the form of a con man named Macklin. We are treated to the parallel stories of Macklin's plan to commit the heist of the century in Paradise, and Stone living his life and doing his job. It was nice candy an ...more
Christopher Everest
I love this book but this is one of the few Robert Parker books that I feel should/could have been longer. With hindsight (and after more than one reading) I feel that the gang's possession of Stiles Island should have formed the main section of the novel. The focus on Jesse and his romantic entanglements, and his battle with the booze would form a perfect subtext to the narrative and as always the psychological states of the characters are what makes RBP's writing so genuinely insightful. In a ...more
Nancy
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 a ...more
Jeremy
Aug 06, 2008 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels are some of my favorites. They’re mystery novels with many of the same characters. The good guy always wins, and there are plenty of guns and good dialogue along the way. Trouble in Paradise is a different character in a different series, and I probably shouldn’t have strayed.

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
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Cate
Jun 06, 2013 Cate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
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Pattianne
Jan 16, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Trouble in Paradise - Jesse Stone #2 - 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 o ...more
Mark
The second book of the Jesse Stone mysteries contained a totaly unknown tale for me, being a fan of the movies. And it was a very enjoyable story for me.

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
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Tim Smith
Overall, an enjoyable read with a plot unencumbered by fluff and elements that didn't contribute to the story. What I did find distracting was the profanity laced dialog. While I understand that Parker was trying to convey the gritty nature of the characters, it felt somewhat contrived to me. Also, there was at least one major conflict that remained unresolved. Even though Parker may have resolved it in the next title in this series, guess I'll have to read it to be certain.
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Really enjoyed this second installment of Jesse Stone - the plot moved a lot faster than in the first, and I found the story itself interesting.

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
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Jerry
Jul 20, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Trouble" is just the second entry in the 12-book (as of 2014) Jesse Stone set. In the main plot, a very clever and resourceful ex-con is putting together a bold plan to rob the bank and all the residents of an upscale island nook off of Paradise Neck: Stiles Island, on Jesse's beat. The danger and suspense of this story-line was captivating; and alternating between Jesse's and the crook's point of view only added to the interest. Meanwhile, Jesse adroitly handles an arson committed by three spo ...more
Paula
May 10, 2015 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jesse is still struggling with his divorce from Jenn and with alcohol. There are some really bad guys checking out the rich community of Stiles Island, just across the bridge from Paradise. They are pretending to be rich people who want to buy property there.

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.
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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.
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Jesse Stone (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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