It is a good novel, but I thought the end needed beefing up. Buddy Bollen, a C movie producer, who made his fortune from a dot-com deal, hires Sunny Ra...moreIt is a good novel, but I thought the end needed beefing up. Buddy Bollen, a C movie producer, who made his fortune from a dot-com deal, hires Sunny Randall to protect his girlfriend, Erin Flint, a sexy starlet who is a legend in her own mind. Sunny takes the job, and soon things get complicated. Erin's assistant, Misty, is found dead in the lavish home they share with sugar daddy Bollen. Erin wants Sunny to take charge of the investigation. She doesn’t trust the local Police. “…I'm not leaving it in the hands of some small-town cow-shit sheriff.” She says to Sunny. Sunny takes the case and in the process develops a relationship with Jesse Stone, chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts. Jesse and Sunny strike it on from the beginning, while investigating and detecting, they learn about each other-and themselves. Both have hang-ups about their ex partners. Trying to find out the Misty's murderer reveals a lot of Erin's past and Buddy’s businesses. Misty was her younger sister. Both became prostitutes when they were at their teens. Erin married her pimp, Gerard Basgall. Buddy Bollen's entertainment business was made up of shady film deals, financed by a mobster out for revenge. It would have been nice if Parker developed what happened to Buddy, but he reaches the end a little too soon. Sunny and Jesse find out who killed Misty, but they realize it was an accidental death. Erin says she did it, and Gerard says he did. Sunny and Jesse let them go.(less)
I liked the book, but not the ending. Sarah Markham, a young student believes she is not related to her parents, so she hires private eye Sunny Randal...moreI liked the book, but not the ending. Sarah Markham, a young student believes she is not related to her parents, so she hires private eye Sunny Randall to find out 'who her real parents are'. The girl has resources of her own to pay for her services. "They can't find my birth certificate" "They don't remember which hospital I was born in." she tells Sunny. Sunny takes the job and ploughs forward, while dealing with her feelings for Richie Burke (her ex-husband) with the help of her shrink (Spenser's psychiatrist girlfriend, Susan Silverman). As she moves forward, people are killed, and she zeroes into a holier-than-thou national celebrity, Lolly Drake, who cannot allow her past to be known or it would kill her career. It is not one of Spenser’s finest novels. An enjoyable novel, yes, but with a less-than-satisfying finish.
This is a nice easy read. Jesse Stone faces two challenges while at the same time trying to sort out his confusing love-life. The first challenge has...moreThis is a nice easy read. Jesse Stone faces two challenges while at the same time trying to sort out his confusing love-life. The first challenge has to do with a Junior High School Principal, who --under the pretext of proper attire and behavior for her students-- examines their underwear in the locker room. Jesse wants to punish her, but her high-powered attorney husband prevents him. The second and more relevant challenge has to do with a tormented voyeur, dubbed the Nighthawk. This perpetrator escalates from peering through Windows to forcing his victims to undress at gunpoint, then photographing them while naked. Jesse sets a trap and catches the Nighthawk, killing him in a subsequent shootout. Sunny Randall appears, along with Susan Silverman –Spenser's sweetheart— as her psychiatrist. I liked the book.(less)
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 mu...moreHigh 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 finding who killed a wealthy radio celebrity and his pregnant assistant. Parallel to the case, his ex-wife Jenn asks his help claiming she had been raped. Jesse then asks his current girlfriend, a private detective, Sunny Randall to protect Jenn. It really sounds complicated, but Parker uses these twists to score points about manhood and marital relationships. Jesse is very similar to young Spenser: Drinkers and lovers. Their reasoning and quick wit are similar, except Spenser is a talker and extrovert, while Jesse is quiet and introverted. I certainly enjoyed reading the book, and definitely recommend it to all Parker's fans, but I lost some respect for Jesse. There are very few hard but good people in the world that would constantly forgive infidelity and lying from a loved one. There is always: No more! Jesse takes it all from his ex-wife, unwilling to let go, showing the kind of weakness an intelligent, tough but sensible person, would not show all of the time, some of the time perhaps, but not all of the time.(less)
A foot soldier of a local underworld boss is found in the trunk of his car. The local tough guy is enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beauti...moreA foot soldier of a local underworld boss is found in the trunk of his car. The local tough guy is enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, living next door to another mafia kingpin married with Rebecca’s twin sister. Later, this high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach. These twins are directly involved. Jesse eventually cracks the case, while finally letting go of his cheating and manipulating ex-wife Jenn. Jesse starts a more serious relationship with Sunny Randall. This is a good book to end the Jesse Stone's series.(less)
I liked the book. It shows Parker’s idea of the self-righteous man: “What feels right it’s probably right, regardless what the law says”. Jesse Stone...moreI liked the book. It shows Parker’s idea of the self-righteous man: “What feels right it’s probably right, regardless what the law says”. Jesse Stone receives an unexpected visit from Crow, a stone-killer with some very precise rules, like: “I will not kill women or children, but everything else goes!” The last time Jesse saw Crow was on a speed boat with a loot of several million dollars. Now, Crow asks Stone’s help to protect a woman and her daughter from their gangster husband & dad. All the time, Jesse continues with his drinking issues and the never ending relationship with his former wife, Jenn. Jesse kind of forgets his police oath, and ignores murder, for the sake of the greater good. Jesse does not let the law get on the way of justice, the way he understands justice. A good read!(less)
A talented spy-for-hire assassin shoots the Speaker of the House and kills the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books Room. How could these...moreA talented spy-for-hire assassin shoots the Speaker of the House and kills the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books Room. How could these two crimes be related? One of the members of the Camel Club, Caleb Shaw is thrown in the middle of the case, by nearly falling victim too. Meanwhile, in Atlantic City, a gifted beautiful con woman assembles a first rate team to pull an incredible and dangerous scam on one of the most dangerous men in the country. She succeeds taking 40 million dollars from this bad man. When she is about to disappear and go under the radar, to prevent being caught by this dangerous man, she reads that her ex-husband, the director of the Rare Books Room has died. So she goes to Washington for his burial, discovering the Camel Club, which informs her that her husband had been murdered. She and the Camel Club join forces and unravel a spy network, which if continued, would have brought America to its knees.(less)