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Death In Paradise (Jesse Stone #3)

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Robert B. Parker is back in Paradise, where Detective Jesse Stone is looking for two things: the killer of a teenage girl—and someone, anyone, who is willing to claim the body…
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2001)
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The police chief of a small town, Jesse Stone, is just trying to enjoy a beer with the fellas after a softball game when one of his teammates finds the murdered body of a teenage girl floating in a nearby lake. Don’t you just hate it when you can’t get away from work?

Trying to identify the dead girl and figure out who killed her will lead Jesse to a variety of people including terrible parents, a pretty school principal, a dangerous gangster, a drunken novelist, and a nun running a shelter for t
Mar 30, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
This is a serviceable detective thriller about the police chief of a small coastal town near Boston. The protagonist is an alcoholic who blew his career as a homicide detective in L.A. and his marriage, too. He's not a complete loner; he still meets his ex-wife frequently and starts a relationship with the head of the local high school...which interested me: The parts of the book where it is demonstrated that Stone has a life beyond his job mostly distract from rather than advance the plot. It's ...more
Janie Johnson
Mar 29, 2016 Janie Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is book #3 in the Jesse stone series. I had not planned on reading this book at all for this month but I wanted a nice quick read to finish off my month and this was the perfect choice. This one was much better than the first 2 were, still a little subdued but more was going on than in the other ones. I was glad to see that.

Robert B. Parker is back in Paradise, where Detective Jesse Stone is looking for two things: the killer of a teenage girl—and someone, anyone, who is willing to
C.C. Thomas
Jun 08, 2015 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it
I so enjoy reading Jesse Stone books. What I most like about them isn't necessarily the mystery (which is always superbly plotted), or the adventure (which is often knuckle-biting), it's the character of Jesse.

Jesse is a human with a lot of human mistakes. He is an alcoholic, not recovering, and has real issues with his on-again, off-again ex-wife. I love that Parker doesn't make any excuses for Jesse's behavior and that Jesse doesn't make any for himself. Usually, in a book, the character is re
Oct 07, 2016 Roger added it
Imagine my surprise when I found there was a Robert B Parker novel I had not read. I learned quite by accident I had "skipped" Death in Paradise. A quick trip to my local library and a few solid hours of reading remedied that. This novel was full of the snappy dialogue and action I remember. Parker was a treasure.
Feb 27, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Watched one of the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck, and that reminded me I had several of the Jesse Stone books moldering on my Ipod. Opened up Death in Paradise, started listening and became enthralled.

I really enjoyed this. I've read a lot of Parker and liked the early Spenser very much. Once Susan entered the picture, they became less interesting. Jesse Stone is understated, his problems with booze real but not overly dramatized, and his relationships with girlfriends real. There is an un
Loretta Gibson
Feb 19, 2017 Loretta Gibson rated it really liked it
Shelves: parker
I am beginning to really like almost everything about Jesse, the almost being Jenn. I could do with a little less of her. Parker has created great characters, good setting, plausible plots....this one relationship he has with Jenn tries my patience as I read the books. I hope this isn't going to be a pattern throughout the series.
Jul 11, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
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Nov 29, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
First of all let me say that I love Jesse Stone, I love how he listens, I love how he responds, I love how thoughtful he is. Inside his head is a peaceful place, oh, unless he's thinking about work or Jenn or alcohol, unless.

Jesse once again has a murdered teenage girl on his hands, no identification and no missing person's report. A search for her parents leads to the high rent district and two people who deny any relationship whatsoever. But they are her parents, what went so wrong that they d
Jun 03, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot with his teammates, drinking beer, swapping stories of double plays and beautiful women in the late summer twilight. But then a frightened voice calls out to him from the shore of a nearby lake. There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them, face down, is something that used to be a girl.
The local cops haven't seen anything like this before, but Jesse's LA past has made h
After finishing all of the non-deceased Robert B. Parker's "Spencer" series, I thought I would try some of his other books. I like protagonist Jesse Stone as a character, the setup and setting, but found his relationship with his ex-wife tedious. Like the Spencer series, the Jesse Stone series is also into "shrinks" and self-analysis as the Jesse and his ex work to deal with their personal issues and Jesse's apparent alcoholism. Despite this, there is a crime to solve - the murder of an adolesce ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Glenajo rated it liked it
I got this book because I really enjoy the Jesse Stone Movie series; I have not read his other novels. I think I will stick to the movies. I am not sure if I enjoy Tom Selleck or if the story is simple enough that, it just does not make a good book for me. The book came off much darker and more depressing than the movies. It left me sad, and I definitely do not want that. If you like a sad, haunting murder mystery, this may be the book for you.
Jan 13, 2016 Anya rated it it was ok
A blah book that was a lot too formulaic for my taste. It was very easy to read with simple thoughts and simple characters. The male lead was stereotypical and idiotic but still got all the ladies. Oy vey.
Doug Willstead
Jul 29, 2015 Doug Willstead rated it it was amazing
Jessie Stone lives, loves, and puts bad guys in their place.
Damn I really wish I knew someone to lean on like that.
Una Tiers
Apr 19, 2014 Una Tiers rated it liked it
Parker's usual dialogue falls into a he said, she replied format. Is this deliberate? This haunting mystery has characters woven seamlessly to the end.
Jan 13, 2017 Viir rated it liked it
I picked this book up in a supermarket actually. It was rather cheap and so I didn't really think I would like it at all. But the summary on the back of the book looked (or rather sounded) promising.
It's the third installment in this series, I am pretty sure I missed out on getting the characters.

The story itself: A dead body surfaces from the sea. It's a teenage girl. They are able to identify her, or at least guess who this girl was, but no one in her family or in her environment wants to ide
Jack Massa
Feb 16, 2017 Jack Massa rated it really liked it
Excellent police procedural, written in remarkably flat prose. Sorta like Hemingway on a depressant...

"Jesse nodded. There were potato chips with his sandwich. Jesse ate one."

..."Easy to read" doesn't begin to do it justice.

Standard-issue sympathetic hero with standard-issue flaws, courage, talents, and irresistablity to women (naturally).

This was my first try at a Parker and I found it totally enjoyable. I especially liked how the crimes the hero dealt with reflected his own problems and inner
Feb 08, 2017 Keith rated it really liked it
AD, mystery, murder, detective, Jesse Stone, ex-baseball player, ex-LA cop, drunkeness, chief of police, Paradise, MA, teenage prostitue murdered
Nov 10, 2016 Rob rated it really liked it
Enjoying this authors clever character! Entertaining and good mix of adventure, humor and intrigue.

It's OK, predictable, fine. Gotta get over the wife, she drags the story down. Don't like cuckolding woman. They're just nasty.
Connie Ramsey-befus
Feb 07, 2017 Connie Ramsey-befus rated it really liked it
Another great episode in the life of Jesse Stone, police chief of a small town near Boston, Mass.
Elly Wendy
Oct 22, 2016 Elly Wendy rated it liked it
Louise Armstrong
Oct 20, 2016 Louise Armstrong rated it really liked it
Really well written - I enjoy thrillers that make the story believable and are easy to read.
Paula Dembeck
Apr 04, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
This is Parker’s third book in the Jesse Stone series.

Jesse and his friends are relaxing after a baseball game when a young girl is found face down in a lake. She only has one shoe on and it appears she has been in the water for a while. When Jesse initially checks out the body, he finds a bullet hole behind her right ear that has exited on the other side of her head. Such a bullet would have been made by a gun fired at close range. It looks like she was shot and then dumped in the lake. There i
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it liked it

Robert B. Parker is back in Paradise, where Detective Jesse Stone is looking for two things: the killer of a teenage girl—and someone, anyone, who is willing to claim the body… Review

With assured confidence and a master's economy of means, Robert B. Parker, who is best known for his Spenser series, delivers one of his finest, most absorbing works yet. This third entry in the Jesse Stone series finds Stone--a former LAPD cop fired for drinking on the job--serving as chief of police i

Aug 21, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
Ah, the library discard box. Such a treasure trove at times. I've found for myself, and others, some really good books, and some of course pretty bad. Parker's Jesse Stone tale falls into the former, and was enjoyable enough for me to consider renting some of the others from the library.

Many might be familiar with Jesse from the Tom Selleck movies. The major difference between the movies and the book is Jesse in the book is not as old as Jesse in the movies. The rest is there though. Failed mino
John Marsh
Oct 23, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing
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This book was actually my first meeting with Jesse Stone in the guise of Tom Selleck. Yes indeed I saw the tv-movie and found it highly enjoyable. And indeed the film stays largely faithfull to the book, with the exception of Stone's exwife who plays a larger part in the books than the movies. I still think that the books did that far better than RB Parker ever did.

The story is about a murdered girl found and she is NOT MISSING because her family threw her out because she did not fit their ideal
Aug 10, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
We lost a great writer when Robert Parker passed away. I've liked most all this works, have read most all his books. Death in Paradise is one of them. Jesse Stone has difficult situations in life due to being an alcoholic. He has lost jobs, has an ex-wife and other issues. Detective Jesse Stone is looking for two things: the killer of a teenage girl—and someone, anyone, who is willing to claim the body…

The plot of this story covers a rather tough subject of pedophilia wrapped up in prostitution,
Jim B
Dec 12, 2015 Jim B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, alcoholism
Robert Forster was a treat for me to listen to. His accent reminded me of some men I know, and its character fit the pattern of the conversation.

Robert Parker was recommended to me by GoodReads. Somewhere I read that one of his strengths is language. I would say that is a misleading statement. This detective story could not be said to be filled with beautiful language. Parker's gift is for conversation. Especially in an audiobook, the heavy use of conversation to tell a story felt like eavesdrop
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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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“Jeez, on those TV real-life cop shows they don’t do this. They got all kinds of guys with microscopes and computers figuring shit out.’ ‘We’re a small department,’ Jesse said. ‘We can’t afford smart people.’ ‘This could be a total waste of time,’ Simpson said. ‘Ah,’ Jesse said, ‘you are beginning to understand the intricacies of police work.” 0 likes
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