Stranger In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #7)
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Stranger In Paradise (Jesse Stone #7)

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The last time Jesse Stone, police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts, saw Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, the Apache hit man was racing away in a speedboat after executing one of the most lucrative and deadly heists in the town's history. Crow managed to escape with a boatload of cash, never to be seen again. Until now.
When Crow shows up in Jesse's office some ten years after the...more
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Published February 5th 2008 by Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2008)
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Barbara Mitchell
Since Robert B. Parker died, I've been saving the few novels of his that I hadn't read. I parcel them out to myself very slowly. Yesterday I allowed myself the pleasure of reading this Jesse Stone novel.

If you've read any of this series or have seen a TV interpretation of one, you know Jesse has a drinking problem which got him fired from the police force in California, and an ex-wife who just refuses to stay away from him so he can get over her. He is now the police chief in Paradise, MA. He se...more
Grey853
Jesse Stone isn't Spenser. He's a lot more burdened by self-doubt, drinks too much, and is still hung up on his ex-wife. Spenser also has Hawk, whereas before this book, Stone only had his little cop force in the small town of Paradise. Now, along comes a professional assassin who like Hawk has his own code of how to behave. Crow doesn't kill women, but he does shoot the "bad" guys like mobsters, gangbangers, and other hitmen. I thought it was an interesting use of names, Hawk vs. Crow.

It's an...more
Jerry
We enjoyed our first Jesse Stone novel (“Split Image”) recently, and decided to read another tale about the wise-crackin’ but confident and competent Police Chief of Boston suburb Paradise Mass. In “Stranger”, when a never-convicted villain of about a decade ago, Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, shows up in town and pays a “courtesy call” to Stone, they both know something’s up, with Stone swearing to work on the old case some more. Despite that intention, the two create a bit of an unholy alliance to f...more
Mary
I have always loved Robert B. Parker's books. His male heroes are just slightly larger than life. Stone, the police chief in Paradise, has been played in television movies by Tom Selleck. He has a flaw: he drinks more than he should. His other flaw is also a strength: his deep love for his wife Jenn, who has been unfaithful and from whom he is separated. This particular story features a bad guy to love. The man seems to be completely amoral and at the same time rather knightly. I think part of t...more
Jay Connor
Still a little sad at the death of Robert B. Parker, so, as a form of tribute to him, I thought I would try a little experiment with his new (and final) Jesse Stone novel -- "Split Image." Building off the comment I made in my review of his recent Spenser outing, "The Professional," and as a play with the "Split Image" title, I thought I would read "Split Image" and his 2008, "Stranger in Paradise" simultaneously.

I wanted to test the precision of the plotting and the consistency of character. F...more
Paul
I'm a huge fan of the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck. Stranger in Paradise, though, is my first Jesse Stone book. To others who have seen the movies but have not read the books, I'll offer some encouragement -- the movies get Jesse Stone's character, mannerisms, and dialog just about right. I felt right at home, and though the literary Jesse Stone is somewhat younger than his cinematic counterpart, my mental image of Tom Selleck went right along with the story. This is in no way a serious r...more
joyce lynn
another REALLY good one of Parker's.

i have 2 complaints, tho. #1 is, he kept making references to a couple of previous cases, only, i don't think they were ones that were in his previous books in this series. since at least 1 of those cases mentioned involved a murder, seemed rather important, so i felt i SHOULD have known about it, but ...

2ndly, i did NOT like how he had one of the main characters cheat on her husband. i know it happens all the time, and it hasn't bothered me w/ other characte...more
Joan
The dialog in Parker's books is what keeps his readers. His main characters never hesitate or think twice to spout just the right put-down. I, as a lover of the English language, appreciate the economy of wording, and this dialog-frugality is largely what keeps the pace of the book racing. Jesse Stone's dialog, though, has almost passed the point of clever and is fast approaching the finish line of irritating. The Sunny Randall and the Spenser books passed that line some time ago, and I hate to...more
Kay
Another Jesse Stone book- If you want an easy quick read, this is a good one to read. Parker's paragraph's mostly consist of one sentence [sometimes not even that much!] but they are still fun. I wish someone would explain to me how each of his characters [bad/good, man/woman, old/young] use the same phrases! I guess he can't come up with others.
Steve
I came across this character, Jesse Stone, quite by accident as I was flicking through the channels one Saturday evening, and I was hooked from the first five minutes. Not only was Tom Selleck superb as the lugubrious cop but the whole storyline went at a pace that was easy going instead of all action like so much of todays TV. So after the programme I decided to check out the character and more to the point the author, one Robert B Parker, and found all I wanted to know to be able to go to the...more
Mark
Jesse Stone series...kind of the anti-Spensor...wracked with doubts and insecurities...Parker continues after 30 years to pull me in with great dialogue...now with a character reminding us of Hawk with the name Crow
Gary Sedivy
I am a big fan of RBP - his Spenser and Stone novels. This is simply an easy read - genuine mind candy - doesn't take a lot of effort, flowing along from the beginning to the end.
Great stuff.
Frances Levy
A wonderful installment in the Jesse Stone series. If you aren't at least halfway in love with Jesse (whatver your gender), there must be something wrong with your wiring.

In "Trouble in Paradise," where we first met Crow, he was the scariest of a bunch of really scary sociopaths, even though there was a slight hint of humanity hiding way down deep inside him.

Crow is back in "Stranger in Paradise," and Jesse wisely keeps his gun handy when the creep shows up at his office. But in this highly orig...more
Michael
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David
Until I read this installment of the Jesse Stone series, I liked Jesse Stone. I thought he was a fine example of a small town lawman. Then a Stranger comes to Paradise and Stone begins to let the law slide down a terrible slippery slope. He ignores murder.

Now, Stone has a real purpose in all of this, and Parker tries to mitigate his unlawful behavior with folks who are more evil than the stranger.

Still, the story is a western with modern social overtones. Stone and the stranger set up the wor...more
Mark
Another day at the poolside another Jesse Stone mystery to be read. While it says "A Jesse Stone Mystery" on the cover I have yet to find the mystery in this new adventure/chapter of my favorite Paradise police chief.

A certain Crow visits Paradise 10 years after the heist which was commited during Stone's reign as police chief. Crow was the only survivor of the gang that commited the crime and most offences he commited are no longer valid to be prosecuted in the eye of the law. And the once were...more
Mike Jensen
This book has good entertainment value, but the plot and subplots in which several characters have inappropriate sex soon becomes irritating because it is unimaginative. The violence in the resolution scene is hard to follow. Parker is too addicted to scenes that flesh out characters without advancing the story instead of advancing the story to flesh out his characters. He needs to go back and read some Hemingway. Here is the reference note:
Robert B. Parker
Stranger in Paradise
New York: Berkley B...more
Amanda
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Ed
Oct 17, 2010 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fiction and Parker fans
I have a problem. I pick up a Robert B. Parker book and 24 hours later, I've finished it. This is true partially because of Parker's style but mostly because I get hooked into the story. As one reviewer put it, "His books are not so much read as inhaled."

This particular story has Jesse Stone, Chief of Police of Paradise, Massachusetts getting involved in a situation in which an old foe Wilson "Crow" Cromartie comes to Paradise to find a 14 year old run-away girl and return her to her father, a...more
Kathy
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LJ
STRANGER IN PARADISE (Police Proc-Jesse Stone-Massachusetts-Cont) – G
Parker, Robert B. – 7th in series
Putnam, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399154607

First Sentence: Molly Crane stuck her head in the doorway to Jesse’s office.

Police chief Jesse Stone’s last encounter with Wilson “Crow” Cromartie was when Crow kidnapped and killed several of the town’s residents and escaped with a large amount of cash. Now Crow is back asking Stone to stay out of his way while he find a young woman, Amber, and br...more
Christopher Everest
Although I have this as an actual physical book this is the first book I am reading on my brand new Kindle...and a very strange feeling it is. Apart from the tiny percentage in the bottom right hand corner of the screen you have no idea of how near you are to the end of the book. It removes (imho) that sense of beginning, middle and end that The Physical Object bestows on any reader.
It is however light and clean and I don't have to worry about breaking the spine. It might make me consider the bo...more
Fredrick Danysh
Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone has to deal with a Apache killer who robbed a bank ten years ago. The man is in town searching for the daughter of a Florida crime figure as the statue of limitations has expired on his crime. Stone also has to deal with a trio of rich residents protesting a school for deprived gifted children. Once caught up in the story, its hard to put down. It does contain profanity and sex which is why it doesn't get four stars..
Gerald Sinstadt
There are shootings, mysterious characteIs and a great deal of (implicit) sex. Jesses Stone is still seeing as much of his shrink as he is of his ex wife. Reconciliation is tantalisingly elusive. On the crime front there is a villain who may not be a villain, a native Indian who may not be a native Indian. In short, Parker is stirring the brew with his sure touch.

Of course, the events and some of the participants occupy the outer fringes of credibility but the pages keep turning, the pace doesn'...more
Don
Spenser is a super hero. Jesse Stone is a real guy with foibles like the rest of us (except for the super hot tv star girlfriend, but even she is no picnic). Still, the swift plotting and endemic humor, staples of Parker's work, are just as present as in the Spenser books. I think I've read all of Spenser, so I'll make a point to enjoy the last few Jesse Stone's Parker left us with.
M. D.
This one was a little better simply because there was a lot less of Jesse's ex and the constant, disfuctional struggle they always engage in over why they can't let each other go. There was a bit more action with plenty of shady bad guys. It was almost a Spenser novel without Spenser. Probably one of my favorites of the series, so far at least.
Jason
Stranger In Paradise is among the best of Parker's memorable Jesse Stone series. Again he mines his own back catalog of characters, returning to one of the most memorable "villains" of the Stone series' earlier days, Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, and turning him into this series' equivalent of Hawk, the adversary-turned-brother-in-arms of Parker's long-running Spenser saga. Once again the dialogue is alternately snappy and penetrating, illuminating the characters thoroughly in ways pages of descripti...more
Jeanne
Life is far from perfect in Paradise, Massachusetts. Just ask Jesse Stone, the boozy police chief and the hero of our story.

Trouble begins with the appearance of Wilson “Crow” Cromartie, an Apache hit man who is already familiar with Paradise. He’s back in town because he has been hired by Louis Francisco, a big shot criminal from Florida. He has asked Crow to find his ex-wife and daughter. Once that happens, Francisco wants two more things from Crow: the murder of his ex-wife and the return of...more
Luis Gutierrez
I liked the book. It shows Parker’s idea of the self-righteous man: “What feels right it’s probably right, regardless what the law says”. Jesse Stone receives an unexpected visit from Crow, a stone-killer with some very precise rules, like: “I will not kill women or children, but everything else goes!” The last time Jesse saw Crow was on a speed boat with a loot of several million dollars. Now, Crow asks Stone’s help to protect a woman and her daughter from their gangster husband & dad. All...more
Dale
I think I've read this one before...

Published in 2008 by Putnam
304 pages


I am a gigantic fan of Robert B. Parker. I've read all of the Spenser books, the Stone books and the Randall books. And I'm slowly "re-reading" the Spenser books as audiobooks.

It is not lightly that I give this book two stars.

The Stone novels were always different than the Spenser / Sunny Randall novels. Spenser and Sunny always have that buddy network to fall back on (especially Hawk and Spike, respectively) Jesse has alw...more
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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....more
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