Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #2)
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Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone #2)

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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, 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Jove (first published 1998)
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Gail Mchugh
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
Pat
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...more
Steve
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
Franklin Atherton
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...more
Diane
The second in the series about Jesse Stone, police chief of a small New England town, having relocated there from L.A. He's still troubled by his relationship with his ex-wife and still struggling with alcohol. Meanwhile, a man newly out of prison is planning a major heist of the homes and bank in an upscale community on a little island next to Paradise where Jesse is the chief. Jesse doesn't discover it until almost before the heist happens and everything hits the fan. It's not bad, easy read,...more
Kerrfunk
This was a two-day read, on the heels of Jesse Stone #1, Night Passage. More candy. Jesse Stone is a police chief in Paradise somewhere near Boston, recently relocated from LA after a divorce and a descent into alcoholism. He proved his worth last year, and now there's Trouble in Paradise in the form of a con man named Macklin. We are treated to the parallel stories of Macklin's plan to commit the heist of the century in Paradise, and Stone living his life and doing his job. It was nice candy an...more
Christopher Everest
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
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
Jeremy
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...more
Cate
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Catten
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...more
Pattianne
Jan 16, 2014 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
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...more
Tim Smith
Overall, an enjoyable read with a plot unencumbered by fluff and elements that didn't contribute to the story. What I did find distracting was the profanity laced dialog. While I understand that Parker was trying to convey the gritty nature of the characters, it felt somewhat contrived to me. Also, there was at least one major conflict that remained unresolved. Even though Parker may have resolved it in the next title in this series, guess I'll have to read it to be certain.
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...more
Jerry
"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
M. D.
Another entertaining installment from Parker. The only, um, annoying thing about the Jesse Stone series is sort of the same as the Spenser novels. That "thing" being the women involved with the main character. After a while, with Jesse's ex-wife, you start to wonder why he puts up with her. Other than that, ready to push on to the next book.
George Miles
Second Jesse Stone. I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. Too much surface girlfriend conflict without the real angst the first book portrayed. I really didn't like the way the female "villain" was handled at the end - just didn't seem in character - or right. But I will keep reading.
Peter
This is my second read in the Stone series. I rated a 3 primarily because i thout the plot was too over the top. While Stones personal issues continue to be inteiguing i thought the crime plot was a bit over the top. The bit of a twist at the end was fun !
Eileen
Second in the Jesse Stone series and a good read. I've known about Robert B. Parker for years - how could a librarian not know - but I've just started reading his books. They are just what I like in a mystery. I would have started with the Spenser series but with 38 books to catch up with I'll wait.

So, Jesse faces more town problems, more women problems, and a manic criminal in this book. The criminal has a grandiose plan to rob an entire island in Jesse's jurisdiction with a hand picked team a...more
The Crime Scene Scene
Trouble in Paradise is the second novel in the Jesse Stone series by Robert B Parker. Jimmy Macklin is recently released from prison and has an ambitious plan. He wants to do a big job so he starts to put a crew together. His planning to rob a bank but not just a bank. He's planning to rob a whole island. And Jesse doesn't know whats coming.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one.Read the full review here
Jennifer Connolly
I enjoyed this much more than the first one and Parker had a much better handle on his third person than he did in the first Stone book.
Irl Newham
Stone is one of my favorite characters. All of Parker's characters have similarities but Jesse's weaknesses make him so believe able.
Elaine
A huge heist is being planned on Stiles Island.

Jesse loves booze and women, especially his ex-wife Jenn. As chief of police of small town Paradise, he's good at what he does and doesn't say more than he has to. He's a drunk who is always trying to avoid over-drinking in public which would thereby effectively undermine his position as chief. He sees an attractive woman, checks her out, and the next thing you know, they've hooked up, getting looped and getting ... well you get the picture.

Troubl...more
Gisela
A rehash of the first book. It's still an easy read so worth it for mindless entertainment. Book 3 gets better.
Eric_W
Another Jesse Stone, my favorite Parker series. This one gets a little out of hand, however, as a gang of cutthroats decides to rob everything on a small island with about 100 wealthy residents cleaning out the branch bank, riffling all the safe deposit boxes and houses of the residents, and taking hostages to help make their escape by sea. The plot is a little preposterous and some of the peripheral characters too peripheral, but it's the banter that makes these books. I loved the scene when Je...more
Sonny Levine
AN EASY TO FOLLOW INTERESTING READ ABOUT A CHIEF OF POLICE AND AN EX CON ROBBING AN AFFLUENT COMMUNITY.
Mike Calhoon
JS#2: Killing for fun Jessie is teaching
Kevin Bresnahan
I've read a few Jesse Stone, yet I wanted to get some background. Trouble in Paradise is it. A group of thieves have a devious plan to rob the wealthy in Paradise. It is Jesse's mind to stop them. The process was predictable, yet Parker threw in the curve balls to make it interesting. This is also Jesse's first encounter with Crow, who reappears in Stranger in Paradise. Jesse also has flings with three women, yet settles on Jenn. Jenn is probably my least favorite character, very blah! Good stan...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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