Split Image (Jesse Stone, #9)
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Split Image (Jesse Stone #9)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,062 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Family ties prove deadly in the brilliant new Jesse Stone novel from New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker.

The body in the trunk was just the beginning.

Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beauti­ful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knock...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published February 1st 2010)
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This book is all about sex, sex, and more sex. But I can't fault Parker for this; it was bound to happen. The universe Parker created with Spensor started overflowing, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone were created. For a time, I thought these new characters were only going to be a way for Parker to recycle some ideas, expand upon others that were not fully fleshed. Boy was I wrong. Sunny and Jesse were created so Parker had a new outlet for his already established Spensorverse. It's like this: Sunn...more
James Thane
This is the ninth book in Robert B. Parker's series featuring Jesse Stone, the police chief in the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Also featured prominently is another of Parker's series protagonists, P.I. Sunny Randall. In previous books, Stone and Randall have gradually become involved with each other romantically, and this book seems to exist principally so that their relationship can continue to evolve. The two are both freshly out of relationships that ended badly; both are still at...more
Reading this after Dr. Parker's passing makes it difficult to review. It's hard to separate the book from the poignancy of the event. Robert Parker was a prolific craftsman, a writer who entertained me for so long and I hold many of his characters close to my heart.

But unfortunately Split Image is not a very good book.

Most of my issues come from the addition of Sunny Randall to a Jesse Stone story. While I like both characters, and have hopes that they can make one another happy, in this book he...more
One of the most prolific mystery writers of our times, Parker is probably best known for his some 40-book “Spenser” series; but this one features an entrée from his 11-book Jesse Stone set. Perhaps the title – “Split Image” – is reflective of the fact that Sunny Randall, a Boston-based private eye with her own Parker series (six books) is featured along with Paradise Mass. Police Chief Stone – so they spend much of this story informally helping each other with their two active cases; and for tha...more
T. Edmund
What to say about Split Image?

Fans enjoy the author’s sparse prose, however I felt like I was reading a radio show. One glance at the pages of this book will reveal that most the word-count is dialogue, and I mean dialogue of the ‘witty banter’ kind that most how-to books will tell you to avoid like the plague.

The story appears to be a sticky ball of three typical plot pieces: Chauvinist cults, Russian mobsters and hot blond black widow twins. There’s no skilful blending just random thrown tog...more
Robert Parker,author of more than 60 books, died in January 2010, at the age of 77.He had been married to his wife, Joan, for 53 years and dedicated most of his works to her. He was most noted for his "Spenser" series, but he also penned westerns and young adult novels.

"Split Image", a Jesse Stone mystery, which includes Sunny Randall, another of Parker's characters was one of his last books. Stone was frequently too somber and whiny in other stories, but he seems to have adjusted to life in in...more
Paradise police chief Jesse Stone has two murders on his hands.

Two hoodlums live side-by-side and are married to identical twins. The first murder was a man who worked for one of the hoods and the second was the second hood.

In his investigation, Jesse learns some weird stuff about the sisters. Forty now, back in high school they were known as the Bang Bang Twins. They dressed alike, wore their hair alike, and were prone to switch men without telling anyone until after. Now at forty, they still d...more
Sorry to say that Robert B. Parker's last personal entry in the Jesse Stone series is a bit repetitive and disappointing. This time it is Boston PI and part-time Jesse lady love Sunny Randall who is involved with assisting a misguided young woman (this is usually Jesse's forte) who's egocentric and status conscious parents have procured her services in extricating their daughter from what they consider to be a cult. Jesse, in the meantime is investigating two murders involving a couple of assert...more
This book is part of the Jesse Stone series. In this offering two mobsters are murdered. Jesse and his entourage get help from a thuggish grieving father and his grieving daughter-in-law.

Not a complicated book. Much of the book is spent in introspection with the help of a couple of psychiatrist. Also, there is a separate and unrelated case going on with a questionable "church" and the church's patriarch. Guess there wasn't enough of a mystery so the introspection and unrelated case were needed...more
I read the first several books of this series a few years ago. Those books were three or four stars. I came back to the series recently and the books of the series most readily available were the most recent. The characters had changed so much that I wondered if Parker was phoning in the stories, or if he now had a team that fleshed out a skeleton of a story for him. Having recently learned of his death, I'm thinking the latter is the most likely explanation, post mortem. Either way, these later...more
Really enjoyed this story, with the added bonus that it was just a 4-disk audio CD. Great story with many twists and turns; however, the ending was a bit predictable and anti-climatic for me. Really liked the concept of the identical twins and would have like to see this part of the story line developed and used a bit more. 7 out of 10.
Lee Mossel
I'll admit it...I'm a Robert B Parker junkie. SPLIT IMAGE combines the lives and loves of two of his best characters: Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall, both with their normal supporting casts. Although, Parker's "style", itself, became "stylized" in these later volumes, it is not only comfortable but carries great anticipation. Looking at a page of dialogue consisting of one word questions and answers usually has me smiling before even reading. Bringing love, intuition, and even humor to the direst...more
Susie Findell
Another Jesse Stone mystery - many more to go! I love this character and the charm of him. It doesn't hurt to picture Tom Selleck (who has played Jesse in the TV movies). This was a lot if fun to read.
Don Crouch
So let's deal with the elephant in the room right away: how does one review a book when the author unexpectedly dies while it's being read?

The death of Dr. Parker was a shock to the genre community, to be sure. Eulogies steeped in eloquence can be found with just a few clicks. The eloquence is deserved, Parker saved the PI genre. That is not debatable. So we will leave those eulogies for you to find (we recommend the one from the NY Times), and say, going forward, this review takes that sad fact...more
I like Spencer better, and this was good, but mostly seemed like a nice wrap-up of Sunny/Jesse.
Jess Stone has a murder on his mind, Suit had come across a car with no one in it and it was unlocked, further investigation by Suit found the button to release the boot and in doing so found a dead body there. But Jesse also had a woman on his mind, Sunny Randall, who happened to be a private detective from Boston and was in town investigating some obscure cult that happened to reside on some very desirable real estate in Paradise. The different cases are not linked but we had two stories runni...more
I really do enjoy the Jesse Stone series, and it is not because I picture Tom Selleck as Jesse...oh, alright, it is partially for that reason. After all, it is watching the occasional TV dramatization that first got me interested in Jesse Stone. I had read some of the Spenser books and also tried a few on audio book when I happened upon the Jesse Stone titles on my local library website.

I think that Parker's books lend themselves particularly well to the audio format due to the spare prose and...more
Frances Levy
It's not only possible, it's likely that you'll adore both Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall in their respective series by Robert B. Parker. Both are decent, honest, likable, and flawed. No pat characters, no pat answers, plenty of LOL wisecracks.

Both the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall books have a formula, besides murders to be solved. Both Jesse and Sunny are unable to make clean breaks with their ex-spouses and harbor hopes of somehow working things out. Both reluctantly visit a shrink and make so...more
Christopher Everest
This (as far as I know) was the last Jesse Stone book RBP finished. It hits all the buttons; The banter with Molly and Suit, the constant battle as Jesse begins to sort out his drinking and examines his motivations for essentially, every decision he makes, the dangers to Paradise that continue to arise. The detective novel as classic literature. Mark my words RBP will be studied ! In this book Jesse's initial jealous admiration of the marriages of two mobsters to two identical twin sisters chang...more
I love Robert B Parker books. I know that some folks hate his "he said. She said" style of conversation, but I like it. I like the mysteries and the ongoing development of the characters. The reason this book made me sad, was because I realized I'm coming in the homestretch of RBP books because of his death last year. But at least I now feel that Sunny and Jesse aren't left out in limbo as I did with the last book I'd read. They each have found some solid footing to plant their lives on and it a...more
I have enjoyed the Jesse Stone made for TV movies so I was eager to read this book in the series. It is a very fast paced fun book to read with witty, snappy dialogue and no deep thinking involved. A good book for hot lazy summer days! This book combines two of Robert B. Parker's series characters - Boston P.I. Sunny Randall and Paradise Chief-of- Police, Jesse Stone. (Tom Selleck does such a good job of portraying Jesse in the movies that that is who I see and hear when reading the books.) Sunn...more
Jay Connor
Still a little sad at the death of Robert B. Parker, so, as a form of tribute to him, I thought I would try a little experiment with his new (and final) Jesse Stone novel -- "Split Image." Building off the comment I made in my review of his recent Spenser outing, "The Professional," and as a play with the "Split Image" title, I thought I would read "Split Image" and his 2008, "Stranger in Paradise" simultaneously.

I wanted to test the precision of the plotting and the consistency of character. F...more
Rick Ludwig
I have now read all of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels and I am true fan. I have never seen anyone craft dialogue so sparingly and so well in my life. There is more content in the pauses between five-word or less sentences of dialogue in Parker's Jesse Stone books than in the colorful twenty-word sentences of most mystery writers' tomes. Is Split Image the best Jesse Stone? Probably not. Does it end the series on the proper note? I would say yes.

In this one, Jesse is again working with Su...more
Thank you Robert.B.Parker, June 23, 2012

By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)

This review is from: Split Image (Jesse Stone) (Mass Market Paperback)
After all the wonderful reviews this book received, and rightfully so, mine will be short.

I welcome all the Jesse Stone books by R.B.P. as well as his books on CD. I listened to "Split Image" on CD performed/narrated by James Naughton. Mr. Naughton did a magnificent job narrating and I especially appreciated the fact that he used almost a whisper voice when...more
Joe Robles
Aug 01, 2010 Joe Robles rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Robert Parker Fans
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I discovered Jesse Stone through the movies with Tom Selleck and discovered that the books are good fun too. My one big complaint would be how large a part Stone's ex wife Jenn plays in the books where the movies give her a fairly smallish part. In both mediums she is a large part of Jesse's psychological make-up.

SPLIT IMAGE is a Jesse Stone novel but he joins forces once again with Sunny Randall, Boston P.I. with whom he shares ex-spouse issues. They both seem to fancy eachother a lot but the l...more
Brad Hodges
I've read many books by Robert B. Parker. They're like snack food--not particularly nutritious, but hard to put down. In fact, on more than one occasion I've read them straight through in their entirety. I remember once leaving work from New York City to take a train out to my friend's house in Jersey. I started the book as I waited on the subway platform, and finished it as the New Jersey Transit train was pulling into my destination.

I haven't read a Parker novel in quite a while, and I think i...more
Lyndon J Nobles
This book was as dry as the martini on the cover, but also equally as pleasurable. Once again, we are following Chief Stone as he unravels another mystery in paradise and finds parallels between the suspects behavior and his own. I am a strong fan of Robert Parker's work. This may not be his strongest story, but it still has more kick than most other authors' works.

(slight spoilers after this point)

The story sometimes seems a little too fast and easy at times. Sunny Randall's entire story arc se...more
Mar 15, 2013 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: any fan of Rober B. Parker.
As always, a very good read. Parker was a master at this. His characters are very well developed. The plot complex, but, not so complicated that one must re-read passages to figure what is happening/has happened. Not that difficult, probably, to foresee the perpetrator, but, I didn't. But complex enough to keep my interest. Again, a very good read by a master of his craft.

Jesse Stone is the type of protagonist that I've found that I like best. A flawed person. Aren't we all flawed on some level...more
Barbara Mitchell
I'm a long-time Robert B. Parker fan. In fact, one of the first mystery writers I read was Parker and from then on I was a confirmed mystery novel addict. I'm hoarding the unread Parker novels I received in a gift box recently to savor slowly through the summer.

Split Image is a Jesse Stone novel but in it he joins forces once again with Sunny Randall, Boston P.I. with whom he shares ex-spouse issues. They actually make progress settling those issues in this novel, and high time I think. Jesse's...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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