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Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  5,384 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
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, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Jove (first published 1998)
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Kemper
Jul 02, 2008 Kemper rated it it was ok
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
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.

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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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Gail Mchugh
Sep 05, 2013 Gail Mchugh rated it it was amazing
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
Lynette
May 01, 2016 Lynette rated it really liked it
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.
Catten
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it did not like it
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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Dee
Jan 06, 2017 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Jesse is busy checking out the girls some more. Somehow with his ex-wife Jenn on the scene it seems like he's doing a lot of bed hopping. Not my favorite picture of him. But probably true to life with many divorced men. The mystery is pretty involved and he is suspicious of the bad guy almost from the start. A high action story. Not my favorite of the Jesse Stone novels.
Krissy
Nov 20, 2016 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I wanted! An unbelievably heroic, smart, handsome protagonist. Easy breezy fun, crime, a little sex. Just right to to take your mind off the stresses of the day.
Milt Jacobs
Jan 30, 2016 Milt Jacobs rated it really liked it
Parker is one of my faves.
Sharon Chase
Nov 15, 2016 Sharon Chase rated it really liked it
I love the series, it's an easy read and describes the flaws that are in a lot of us.
Danielle Gonzalez
Nov 12, 2016 Danielle Gonzalez rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse seems to have become much more comfortable in his role as Police Chief. A gang of criminals has decided to pull a heist in an expensive area of town. Meanwhile, Jesse has found 3 teenagers that have burned down a house as part of a hate crime. The parents of two of the boys decide to unleash a war on Jesse, making it difficult for him to do his job. Meanwhile, his ex-wife is still in town beginning her own life. I liked everything about th ...more
Loretta Gibson
Feb 17, 2017 Loretta Gibson rated it liked it
Shelves: parker
Parker failed in developing the character of Jesse in this second book in the series. Jesse's love life is all over the map, he's lead around (to put it nicely) by the nose by his ex-wife, but at the same time he will get between the sheets with any women who's willing.
One conversation between Jesse and Jenn summed up their relationship for me: “You won't loose me.” Jesse said.
“But I don't know. I don't know if I can be what you want me to be.” Jenn said.
“I don't have any big rules about what yo
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Keith
Feb 08, 2017 Keith rated it liked it
AD, mystery, detective, ex-baseball player, ex-LA homicide detective, Paradise, MA, town burgalry
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it liked it

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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Paula Dembeck
Mar 30, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
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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Dyana
Jun 06, 2015 Dyana rated it really liked it
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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John Marsh
Dec 13, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing
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Kathy
Jun 15, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
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Nancy
Sep 25, 2012 Nancy added it
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
Franklin Atherton
Jan 17, 2014 Franklin Atherton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robert-b-parker
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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C.C. Thomas
Dec 18, 2014 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it
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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Christopher Everest
Jun 28, 2012 Christopher Everest rated it it was amazing
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
Steve
Feb 06, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
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
Megargee
Nov 15, 2015 Megargee rated it liked it
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
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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Pat
May 18, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
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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Cate
Jan 28, 2013 Cate rated it liked it
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Pattianne
Mar 05, 2012 Pattianne marked it as to-read
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
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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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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Jerry
Feb 11, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it
"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
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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)
  • Night Passage (Jesse Stone, #1)
  • 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)
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