Night And Day (Jesse Stone, #8)
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Night And Day (Jesse Stone #8)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,131 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Police chief Jesse Stone has received his share of unusual calls, but none can top the one from thelocal junior high school. When reports of lewd conduct by the school's principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station, Jesse is faced with a particularly delicate situation. Jesse, of course, would like nothing more than to see the prim, peculiar Ingersoll punished. But...more
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Published February 24th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published 2009)
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It is so nice to sit down and read a book just for the sheer pleasure sometimes. Robert Parker, who sadly died just a few weeks ago, had the knack of combining snappy dialog in his more than 50 mysteries. These books have varied with his popular detectives, Spenser, Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall. Each one is written with crisp, but clear humor. Parker was sparing with his words, but always managed to convey a clear and vivid picture of his characters and their surroundings. So while the reader i...more
This is latest in Jesse Stone series. I never read the Spenser books, maybe someday, because I like Parker's style, but he is doing them (the Jesse Stone books) in his sleep now, I think. This is quick easy read -- perfect for when you don't have energy or interest to invest in heavy read. The last couple of books I've read were much denser and harder to get through, so I just appreciated the simplicity. However, pretty empty calories after all is said and done.
“Night and Day” is the eighth entry in Parker’s enjoyable Jesse Stone set. Compared to some of the others, the storyline is a little tame, although three sets of events bother Jesse enough to seek righting some wrongs, crimes or not. First, a middle school (female) principal is caught literally inspecting a bunch of the girl student’s panty underwear, prompting numerous complaints to say the least – but her husband, a high-powered attorney, tries to keep the lid on that virtually all-book long....more
Mar 23, 2009 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: read-2009
Night and Day read as quickly as expected with a Robert B Parker book. This is both a good thing and bad. The story, even told sparingly, is a compelling one; it was good to visit with Jesse again and it was over too soon.
In contract with the simplicity of the dialog, Jesse is a rather complex character, certainly a troubled one. You have to admire his desire to do the right thing; even though as usual, doing that puts his position as Police Chief in jeopardy.
If you had asked me at the beginni...more
Robert Parker made so very much money and sold so very many books. I'm not sure why. I guess they are simple and predictable, like a McDonalds meal. They seemed to get worse as he cranked out so many short novels featuring Spencer or his lesser-known hero, Jesse Stone, over decades. I can just about stand them (usually as an audio book) as light entertainment on a trip or while cleaning or doing yard work. This late one (2009--Parker died in 2010) is very thin and moderately irritating. Parker f...more
James Thane
This is an entry in Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series. A Peeping Tom is on the prowl in Paradise, and Jesse and his team must hunt him down before the perp graduates to more serious criminal activity. In the meantime, Jesse also has to deal with the case of a school principal who has decided that it would be a good idea to inspect the underwear of the young female students. And, on top of all of that, Jesse must sort out his love life, which continues to be a confusing mess.

Like much of Park...more
Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone prevails again. Robert Parker’s wonderfully human character proves an entertaining guide through some of the best mystery stories in the genera and this one is no different. An unhappy and slightly disturbed junior high school principal takes discipline one step over the line with her female students and a tormented voyeur who calls himself “The Night Hawk” and who seems about to upgrade from “peeping” to more active forms of personal invasion provide the chemis...more
This was the eighth novel written by now deceased Robert B. Parker in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse Stone, about 35, is the police chief of the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. He is also an ex-alcoholic and he is still involved with his ex-wife. But he has made inroads into the corruption and crime in Paradise, and is well liked by the police force.

In this book, Stone is investigating a character who calls himself the “Night Hawk.” The Night Hawk started out as a relatively harmless peep...more
Sep 13, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Robert B. Parker
This is the eighth book in the Jesse Stone series by Robert B. Parker, but only the second one that I've listened to.

I borrowed this audiobook on CD for a business conference that would have me driving over 5 hours roundtrip. I was looking for something that would be engaging, but allow me to keep my attention on driving.

I first grew to know some of Robert B. Parker's characters by watching the Spenser for Hire television show. Since I grew up in Massachusetts, the show's Boston setting had a...more
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone has some unusual cases to deal with. First, he’s asked to investigate a school principal who’s violated her students’ rights by personally checking to ensure that they’re wearing proper underwear before attending a school dance. The second is that one of those girls visits Jesse’s office because she’s upset with her parents’ swinging lifestyle (and I’m not referring to dancing). Third, a peeping tom has appeared on the scene and he’s escalating his obsession int...more
This one is a Jesse Stone novel but with the same smart and crisp dialogue Parker is known for in the Spenser series. Sunny Randall (a 3rd PI series by Parker) makes an appearance, along with Susan Silverman, Spenser's love interest. It has a psychoanlaysis element, just like most Spenser novels. Good quick read - can't go wrong with a Parker PI novel.
Richard Ritenbaugh
I enjoy all the Jesse Stone books, and this one did not disappoint. In this one, Jesse has to outwit a serial peeping tom and a prudish principal, and of course, the two story lines converge. I like Parker's simple style and great characterization.
I have to say straight away that this Jesse Stone story is the best one that I have read yet, the style of writing by Robert B Parker is something that I like and the characters are evolving all the time. The three main characters, Stone, Molly Crane and Luther ‘Suit’ Simpson are becoming the mainstay of these Jesse Stone books and themselves turning into a tight police unit in Paradise.

The villains this time are a peeping tom or Night Hawk as he calls himself and a group of Paradise residents...more
Another 5* enjoyable read, never disappointed with the Jesse Stone series.

Discovered Jesse Stone via the brilliant TV movies and this was the first novel I read. All the books are a joy to read, great writing style, dialogue & humor and quick reading I always open a Jesse Stone book when I know I have time to read in one sitting undisturbed. They run along at a great pace encompassing engaging characters, plenty of twists and emotions. When I finish one of these novels I always feel I have b...more
May 31, 2010 Alison rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parker fans, mystery lovers
Recommended to Alison by: n/a
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Bittersweet for me as Robert B Parker was just found dead at his desk in his home in Boston -- A heart attack did it, not some criminal. Another of my favorite authors gone to the big authors conclave in the sky. Here's his Obituary in the NYT.

Though this is about another set of characters, not the Spenser gang, in the past few novels, the lines between the groups have been blurred, and some secondary characters appear in both. Both Parker's mystery series have ongoing characters, and I am glad,...more
Deborah Gray
Another big disappointment in someone I have enjoyed reading, who reached a point where he was phoning it in. This one was even more disappointing, because there was no actual mystery. I won't spoil this by saying more than that, but it was very puzzling, to say the least.

This Jesse Stone novel read more like a screenplay and I could visualize it as the script for the TV movie series without too many changes. It was also ridiculously short and took me one day to read, at lunch and on the treadmi...more
Veach Glines
With this book, Mr Parker falls off my "read everything they write" list. He's lost it. The snappy dialogue - dull; elusive mystery - lost; interesting situations his characters barely escape from - none. No only is the plot bad, and the dialogue repetitive and uninteresting, this book was also poorly edited! You once could be certain of never tripping over a Robert B. Parker phrase...this is no longer the case. In fact, at one crucial point, the pronoun-rich description fails so badly that I do...more
Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone confronts a town�s darkest secrets in the shocking new novel from the New York Times�bestselling author and �America�s greatest mystery writer� (The New York Sun).

Things are getting strange in Paradise, Massachusetts. Police Chief Jesse Stone is called to the junior high school when reports of lewd conduct by the school�s principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station. Ingersoll claims she was protecting the propriety of her students when sh...more
For a small town, it seems that Paradise, Massachusetts has had more than its fair share of crime since Jesse Stone became the police chief. This time around, the trouble begins when a school principal, Betsy Ingersoll, does a panty check of female students in a locker room before a school dance. She claims that Mrs. Ingersoll claims that checking the “suitability” of the girls underwear was done to curb their tendencies toward bad behavior. Jesse and Officer Molly Crane must contend with irate...more
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Another quick read from Parker. The usual quick paced dialog, short sentences; reads like a TV script. I can always picture Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone with the terse dialog. Plot lines were amusing if you can get beyond the psychological damage being done to people involved. Jesse again demonstrates his paternal attitude toward the town's citizens, as well as his ability to handle situations with discretion and calm; protect the townsfold from themselves.

Jesse develops as a person and as a chara

Jared Shipley
I prefer quality to quantity. Some mystery writers have either one or the other, rare ones have both. Unfortunately, based on this book, Robert B. Parker is more about quantity. He’s written over 50 books, but this is the first I’ve read. However, my problems with the story of this book is vastly outweighed by my problem with the actual writing. I'm rarely snobby when it comes to reading books, but this one drew an unprecedented number of eye rolls.

Parker's prose has absolutely no hook to it. N...more
Aug 20, 2010 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parker and Crime Fiction fans
I am sure going to miss Robert B. Parker. I know his books are short and I know some people dislike the lack of description but I appreciate how he can tell a great story through short bursts of dialogue. This is the second of his books, that in the last month, I've read in one sitting, more or less. I'd love to drag them out but I get so caught up, I can't put the damn book down.

This Jesse Stone story involves a peeping tom who calls himself The Night Hawk. During the course of the story he esc...more
Rugg Ruggedo
I root for Jessie and Sunny. Its probably a fruitless pursuit,but its my thought when I read these books. This one takes a look at the dark sexual underbelly of a small town. The lives behind closed doors are opened by a peeking tom that seems to be escalating in his approach to his peeking, and a school principle that wants to keep her students from growing up to be the kind of women that might attract the wrong kind of men. Both these situation bring a spotlight to things that usually no one e...more
If you're a San Diegan, there are two things that happened in 2002 that you'll never forget. One was the case of the vice principal who was concerned that the girls at a school dance would show off too much so she inspected the girls' underwear before allowing them to enter the dance. That was funny in a weird sort of way compared to the other 2002 occurrence that took over all media for months: the case of young Danielle Van Dam who was snatched out of bed by a psycho neighbor (who later killed...more
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This book was pretty ghastly, even for a Jesse Stone book, which has been a long abused second fiddle to the Spenser series.

The writing was flat, only further emphasized by the horrible use of punctuation, such as putting periods where question marks should have been. So all the characters go through the entire story making anti-climatic statements instead of statements of surprise, or oddly enough for a police department, questions.

And the chauvinistic attitudes...ugh. Jesse, a self-proclaime...more
NIGHT AND DAY (Pol. Proc-Jesse Stone-Massachusetts-Cont) - G
Parker, Robert B. – 8th in Jesse Stone series
Putnam, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399155413

First Sentence: Jesse Stone sat in his office at the Paradise police station, looking at the sign painted on the pebbled-glass window of his office door.

Police Chief Jesse Stone and his team are dealing with sex crimes. The high school principal, whose husband is the senior partner of Boston’s largest law firm, conducted a “panty” check of the g...more
Chief Jesse Stone of Paradise and his police force are working on three cases.

The most important is that of a peeping tom who bills himself as The Night Hawk. He escalates into entering the house and forcing the woman, at gun point, to disrobe and then takes pictures. He threatens them, but never touches the victims. He sends a pictur and letter to Jesse each time. Jesse is worried that he might move to more violent confrontations.

The second case is the school principal who raises a number of yo...more
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Robert B. Parker.
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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