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Night And Day (Jesse Stone #8)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,072 Ratings  ·  368 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
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Even though he’s the police chief of a small town Jesse Stone has faced some big time threats like murderers, professional thieves and organized crime. So it seems like kind of a let down that his two enemies here are a Peeping Tom and a female high school principal inspecting the underwear of some of her students. It's not exactly Sherlock Holmes facing Moriarty.

In his later work Robert B. Parker seemed content to have every scene be about his characters having coffee and doughnuts or throwing
Robert Parker’s novels all have a cadence to them that many people find disconcerting. An almost staccato dialogue, it can be especially prominent in an audiobook such as this one in the Jesse Stone Series. I rather like it.

Jesse is faced with two peculiar cases: the woman principal of the school has parents irate because she dained to lift the skirts of the girls to make sure they had on appropriate undergarments before a dance (no thongs, thank you); and the other a man obsessed with watching
Apr 07, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2009 Glee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 20, 2014 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
Mar 23, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 17, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2015 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the laziest books I have read in a long time. Compared to earlier Jesse Stone books, which were highly descriptive and put you right there in the action with the imagery created through great writing, this book read more like a script with all the set, production and costuming direction removed.

This book is almost all dialogue. If you haven't watched any of the telemovies starring Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone, you would have little to no idea of what anyone looks like, what the tow
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Parker and Stone-back with another New York Times bestseller

When the sun sets in Paradise, the women get nervous. A Peeping Tom is on the loose. According to the notes he sends Police Chief Jesse Stone, he's about to take his obsession one step further.

From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Parker's fluffy eighth Jesse Stone novel (after Stranger in Paradise), the Paradise, Mass., police chief almost effortlessly performs his laconic magic to restore order and right wrongs. When Betsy Ingers

Jul 16, 2014 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it
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
Apr 05, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the eighth book in a series about Jesse Stone, the Chief of Police in the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. I have not read any of the other books in the series but that didn't impact on my enjoyment of the novel. I'm not sure how to categorise it - technically I suppose it's a crime novel, but of the three central (and interlinked) cases only one is actually a crime and it's a pretty small scale one at that. Jesse is dealing with a voyeur on the loose and a school principal who is ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2009 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True confession time. I have read every Robert B. Parker book ever written. I fell in love with his SPENCER character through the television show starring Robert Urich and then proceeded to read that entire series and still follow along when he continues to publish the occasional new volume. I've also read his Sunny Randall series and this one, Night and Day, which is part of the Jesse Stone series. I enjoy the incredibly sparse writing that reveals a lot of character enclosed in a police proced ...more
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.
This book is hysterical! I thoroughly enjoyed all the little cat and mouse games and sexual humor. Loved the way intimacy morals ran through all the situations and how Parker worked the system to get satisfactory resolution.
Feb 21, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2014 Sueann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Jesse Stone series. Another enjoyable if unmemorable episode in the series by author Parker, best known for his Spenser series.

Jesse Stone tries to track down a "Peeping Tom" who has escalated to home invasions. A secondary plot involves a group of swingers that the peeper may be involved with. The middle school principal has pulled a panty inspection before a dance, infuriating parents - but her husband is a politically connected lawyer. Ex-wife Jenn goes to NYC with a producer.
May 31, 2010 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parker fans, mystery lovers
Recommended to Alison by: n/a
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Feb 06, 2010 bookczuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Veach Glines
Apr 09, 2010 Veach Glines rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 towns darkest secrets in the shocking new novel from the New York Timesbestselling author and Americas 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 schools principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station. Ingersoll claims she was protecting the propriety of her students when she insp
Jun 24, 2009 Genie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

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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 14 books)
  • Night Passage (Jesse Stone, #1)
  • Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #2)
  • Death In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #3)
  • Stone Cold (Jesse Stone, #4)
  • Sea Change (Jesse Stone, #5)
  • High Profile (Jesse Stone, #6)
  • Stranger In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #7)
  • Split Image (Jesse Stone, #9)
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  • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice (Jesse Stone, #11)

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