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High Profile (Jesse Stone #6)

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When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body, that of a young woman, is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable.
Two victims in less than a week...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jim
The story was probably a typical Jesse Stone, which means this should have been a 3 star book. Instead, it was too irritating to listen to due to all the "He said", "She said" that ruled every conversation. It's nice to know who is talking, but they were in almost EVERY single sentence of dialog. Worse, 'said' was used when obviously 'asked' should have been. "How are you doing," he said. NO!!!

There were some other issues with obvious points being talked up, but those I could forgive. I don't ex...more
Chris
Listened to the audio book on a trip. Interesting enough to follow, but not so much as to distract from driving. WAY too much "he said" and "she said" - literally. Not a very compelling plot and fairly easy to figure out... but, the length fit the trip.
Jean
My husband and I got hooked on the Jesse Stone stories after watching Tom Selleck in this role in several made-for-TV movies. This is the first one we have read (actually, listened to). I liked the mystery part, but had a big problem with the audio book. After a few minutes of listening to "Jesse said," "Molly said," "Jesse said," "Suitcase said," "Harry said," we were both ready to scream. I guess that's Parker's style, but it is extremely distracting in audio. We won't listen to any more of th...more
Amy
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Monica
May 22, 2009 Monica added it
Shelves: mystery
I'm hoping that much like Lynley's annoying wife in the Elizabeth George books, that Jenn Stone meets an untimely death. OK, here's the thing, I enjoyed the mystery part of the plot, and I really enjoy the interaction between Jesse Stone and his deputies, especially Suit and Molly, but I am desperately tired of the story line with his ex-wife. Seriously, it ruins what might otherwise be a fun read. All I can think is that Parker is one hell of a misogynist. SPOILER ALERT! He's created in Jenn a...more
Jerry
“Profile” is the sixth in Parker’s enjoyable nine-book Jesse Stone series (not counting three more written by Michael Brandon, who was playwright for the eight movies), about our amiable Paradise Mass. Police Chief. When a national talk show and newspaper column star, Walton Weeks, is found hanging from a tree in Paradise, the death is soon determined a murder. When it is almost immediately followed by the killing of his current mistress, unusual attention is focused on the case by the governor,...more
M. D.
As always, great writing and great characters. The story was pretty good. Just the one thing that nags, as in most of Parker's work, is the women. In this case, Jesse Stone's almost completely illogical connection to his ex-wife is maddening. She is absolutely no good for him but he can't get her out of his life, won't get her out of his life. After a few books with this situation thrown in, it's mildly interesting. But dealing with it book after book it becomes tiresome and boring. Other than t...more
CC
Definitely not for me. I only bought this as an afterthought, from a bargain table, while purchasing something else at a bookstore. Truthfully, I'm somewhat stunned this got published. There's no descriptions. Barely any prose. It's basically dialogue, dialogue, and more dialogue, and most of that has that dry, monotone "wit" that's supposed to be hilarious, but after 200 pages ends up sounding like the author just isn't very bright.

Jesse Stone is a police chief in Paradise, MA. He's a former ba...more
Luis Gutierrez
High Profile is the 6th novel in Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series. As in all the previous books, Jesse deals with crimes, attempts to find the murderer, while dealing with love, infidelity and his twin obsessions: Booze and Jenn (his ex-wife). The ending is bittersweet. On the one hand, Jesse shoots the killer but is unable to indict the mastermind behind it all. On the other, he lets go of his girlfriend Sunny Randall while keeping his unfaithful, lying ex-wife.
The mystery plot is about fi...more
bookczuk
I like the alternate series Parker does that aren't Spencer, this ties in 2 of them....

From the Publisher

The murder of a notorious public figure places Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone in the harsh glare of the media spotlight.

When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case, forcing him to deal with small-minded local officials...more
Jeff
To sum this book up in one word...Boring. The plot, which started out interesting, soon dwindled to a bogged down mess. The story of a murdered media star and the subsequent finding of another related murder victim could have been really interesting and enjoyable. The story was slowed down by the introduction of police chief Jesse Stone's ex-wife and a potentially life-threatening situation she got into, which in itself fizzled out completely. Unlike the Spenser series, which was easy to slide i...more
Bill Williams
High Profile by Robert Parker is an awful book. It is so bad that it reminded me of Roger Ebert’s review of North. Here’s the legendary pull quote from that review...

“I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.” *

The plot of the novel is typical for P...more
David
Writing might have been a form of theraphy for Robert Parker. The Jesse Stone novels seem to be a place for Parker to explore emotional depth and relationships. At times, Stone's mental state (and his continual battle with alcohol) seem to take centerstage, spoiling a decent mystery novel. In this case, his tangled relationships with multiple women and the feelings surrounding those relationships slips in and tries to take over the story.

However, a discerning reader might note that there is a co...more
Mark
Well Robert B Parker is excellent read at the beach, today I tried it at the pool while my kids were swimming their little guts out. And it did keep me out of the pool a lot more than I did expect.
Well hurray this is a true who-dunnit Jesse Stone book. A famous radio talkshow-host is found hung in the public park and the bullitwounds are a giveaway that this is not a suicide. Shortly after that a womans body is found in a dumpster behind a restaurant. The bullets from her wounds match that of th...more
Zach
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Genie
This whodunit begins with the murder of Walton Weeks, a Rush Limbaugh like political radio personality.
Discovered by a jogger, Week’s had been shot and his body hung in a tree. This, of course, causes a media frenzy. Adding fuel to the fire was the discovery of the body of a second murder victim, Weeks' pregnant girlfriend, in the dumpster of a local restaurant. As if circumstances weren’t bad enough, both victims were friends of the governor who decides to assert his influence into the investig...more
Byron
horrible fucking book, doesn't deserve any stars. I didn't even finish it. Instead, I taped a free book sign on to it. And sort of, leisurely, watched as people picked up the book and set it back down. one normal looking guy, grab it for about 5 minutes. And for some odd, and I mean odd, reason he bent back the cover, it is a hardcover, and just bent it and wrecked it. Then put it back, sorry, no he slammed it down to the ground and walked away. But about five minutes later, a girl looks at it w...more
sarg


Robt Parkers Jesse Stone series "High Profile"
Jesse Stone a Life long cop, homicide detective, and almost Pro ball player. Fired by Los Angles PD for a drinking problem, finds his way to small town Paradise Massachusetts as Chief a sort of last resort Police job. Chief Stone beside having a drinking problem has an ex-wife problem, Jenn. Even though divorced he still loves her and her him, but Jenn has a round heal problem and seems to fall on her back around men.
Paradise Mass a quiet back water...more
Mike
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Ed
Nov 03, 2010 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime fiction and Parker fans
Finally a Robert B. Parker book that wasn't great. It was good but not great.

In this Jesse Stone story, Stone, the chief of Police in Paradise, Massachusetts, finds he has two murders on his hands. One is of a well-known political commentator Walton Weeks, and the other of Week's pregnant assistant, Carey Longley. Because of Week's notoriety, Paradise is besieged by media types and politicians, including the governor, who was a friend of Weeks.

As good and interesting as this sounds, unfortunatel...more
Ron Decaigny
Robert B Parker, TV and I have had an unusual relationship over the years. Namely I never warmed to the Spenser series because of the TV series but was introduced to Jesse Stone through the TV movies, now I have a lot of catching up to do.
High Profile keeps the excellent Stone Franchise moving along nicely the stable of charaters and the humour have come alive and is very natural, but I do have acouple of beefs:
I am not overly organized but if I take on a seaies I need to start at the beginning...more
Dana
Robert Parker and I have our differences, mainly over the proper use of punctuation. He has some very idiosyncratic ideas about when a question mark is needed and when it isn't, mainly. In this book, though, the period is left off the end of the final sentence! It feels so unfinished. This distresses me.

Minor editorial annoyances aside, Robert Parker is a great author to turn to during the summer, or any other time I don't have something else lined up to read. He's incredibly prolific, so there'...more
Annette Mardis
Police Chief Jesse Stone's personal obsession with his cheating ex-wife had overstayed its welcome by the time Robert B. Parker wrote this book. But the author's skill at writing glib dialogue really shines in this earier novel in the Jesse Stone franchise.
The murder case that Jesse and his undermanned, underestimated, small-town police force solve in "High Profile" is compelling enough. The "big reveal" at the end isn't a huge surprise, but neither does Parker tie everything up in a neat but no...more
Kathy
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LJ
HIGH PROFILE (Police Procedural-Jesse Stone-MA-Cont) – Good
Parker, Robert B. – 6th in series
Putnam, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399154041
First Sentence: Each spring surprised Jesse.
*** A high-profile talk-show host is found hanged in the park. His assistant/girlfriend is found dead in a dumpster. As if Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t have enough with two murders, his ex-wife, Jenn, calls to say she was raped and is being stalked. While Jesse investigates the murders, Sunny Randall, with whom...more
Beth
As far as I'm concerned, anything by Robert Parker is a gift to the reading world. In his latest, two characters of two different series once again cross paths: Sunny Randall -- a female cop turned private eye and Jesse Stone --- an ex-LA cop now chief of police of Paradise, Mass. The murder, which Jesse has to solve, is interestingly interwoven with Jesse's private life, in particular his relationship with his ex-wife which is somewhat addictive (that is part genuine love and part sick obsessio...more
Kathleen Hagen
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This is a newer Jesse Stone series book. In this one Jesse and Sunny Randall, from another of his series, have met and had an affair. But Jen is still very much in the picture. Because Jesse is busy trying to solve a murder in his job as police chief, Sunny takes on the responsibility of solving a problem for Jen, who is being stalked. I liked this series the best of the Parker series, but I’m tired of Jesse and Jen’s dependent and c...more
Shane
Not one of the better stories in the series. I was disappointed in several aspects of this one. First, the crossover with Sunny Randall wasn't really all that well done. Jenn becomes if more useless as a human than before. I can only wonder where Parker is going to take her/them from here. Second, no one took a shot to the groin. I was really hoping to add another title to my Readers Advisory.

The major plotline, the murder of a "high profile" celebrity was very well done. As usual, Parker keeps...more
Pattianne
Jan 16, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read
High Profile - Jesse Stone #6 - When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body, that of a young woman, is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable.
Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. Yet what may be the m...more
Rugg Ruggedo
Jessie Stone. I went from the TV show to the books. I found the TV character interesting and had to find out the actual stories behind him. The books are good. The stories are told pretty much thru dialogue. Each conversation propelling the plot. You can hear Tome Selleck's voice as you read Jessie's conversations, I'm not sure if Parker had picked up on that or Selleck got it from the books. but you hear that wise, world weary staccato with every line.
I wasnt a fan of Robert Parker before jumpi...more
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