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High Profile

(Jesse Stone #6)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,383 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
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-min ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Berkley Books (first published 2007)
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I don’t think it’s a good idea for two characters created by the same writer who each star in their own mystery series to have sex because it seems kind of incestuous and icky. Sadly, that’s the least of this book’s problems.

Police Chief Jesse Stone is trying to solve the murder of a famous radio/TV political talk show host named Walton Weeks who was hung from a tree after being shot to death, and his assistant was also murdered and left in a dumpster. Usually you could count on RBP to deliver a
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This book took a step back in quality. the murder case is really ho hum, which shouldn't be a problem if the characterization was spot on. Which it wasn't. The saga of Jesse and Jenn seemed like ground hog day, and I am unsure where Sunny came in or even why. It read like the author rushed through without a store of good ideas to draw from. three stars because Parker is still a good author. Maybe I just need a break from this series for awhile.
Janie Johnson
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
High Profile is book #6 in the Jesse Stone Series. I have to say that this one has been my favorite so far. It makes me look forward to all the other upcoming books in this series. Well Done Mr. Parker.

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 and national media scrutiny. When a
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Carolyn F.

At first I was extremely irritated about all of the, "Jesse said", "Sunny said", "Suitcase said", but then I was kind of glad because although the narrator was good his voices weren't that different from each other so I don't think I would have been able to keep track of who went with which dialogue.

The book itself was good but the relationship with Jesse and his ex-wife - how can he still love her? How can she claim that she loves him and then hurt him? Why should he wait for perhaps
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High Profile by Robert B. Parker.

Two murders have been discovered in Paradise, Massachusetts. A body found hanging from a tree turns out to be a talk show host and the other murder victim his mistress found in a dumpster.
The list of possible suspects is unending. At the same time no one seems to care about these two individuals or their being murdered.

Adding to the stress Jesse's ex reported that she was raped. Does Molly have any concerns on this latest situation with Jesse's ex-wife?

This wa
Paula Dembeck
This is the sixth novel in the Jesse Stone Series.

It opens with a grisly scene in a park. A woman walking her dog comes upon a body hanging from a tree. When Jesse arrives on the scene he quickly makes some important observations. The man’s neck does not appear to be broken, his hands are not bound and there is nothing to jump from. This does not look like a suicide. When Jesse pushes aside the man’s coat, he finds the man’s sweater soaked in blood. The body looks like it has been dead for a whi
Dottie Hall
I've been on a kick reading all Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone books lately. While some have been solid 3 stars, others have been 4. This one is solid 3. The downfall to these books, in my opinion is the rid dysfunctional relationship between Jesse and his ex wife Jenn. It has gotten absolutely ridiculous by now. The banter between Jesse, Molly, Suit and Healy has gotten much better which has improved the books. The relationship with Jesse and Jenn, however has ruined it to where I absolute desp ...more
Mahoghani 23
How do you resolve the murder of a well known celebrity? The public display of death is suppose to be insulting but instead it's almost a shrine to Walton Weeks, the victim. Along with his murder was the murder of his assistant, Ms. Langley. How do two people who came to town together end up murdered and found in two different locations? Their deaths is so unimportant that no family members are heartbroken nor showing any emotion about losing them.

This story dragged somewhat and then it introduc
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
Loretta Gibson
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parker
I was really excited when I discovered Jesse had a woman in his life that he could care about, someone besides Jenn. Sunny is smart, capable, sexy, but not manipulative...I like her. Just when you think Jesse's going to break free of Jenn, she starts her same old selfish, whining, manipulating, poor pitiful me act and once more Jesse comes to the rescue.
I saw a parallel between Jesse and Lutz, Hopefully Jesse will wakes up before suffers the same fate.
I would have given it five stars if it had
What a slog. A high-profile, supposedly non-partisan talk show host (talk about fiction) is found murdered - hanging from a tree after having been shot. The other case, the apparent stalker/rape of Police Chief Jesse Stone's ex-wife Jenn just goes clunk. To assist, Stone brings in a character from another Parker series, Sunny, with whom Stone also has a "relationship."
Steph (loves water)
I thought this was book four but it's book six, but i t seems like I didn't miss anything. The book was weird with the Jenn-Sunny connection. I heard Crow puts in an appearance in book seven, I might read it.
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't remember if I liked but since the next entry on my "read" list is "no more Jesse Stone" I'm thinking I didn't
Amanda McGill
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

High Profile is the 6th novel in the Jesse Stone series, which is about a police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts. Tom Selleck plays Jesse Stone is in a number of TV movies, which I haven’t seen yet.

In High Profile, the body of a controversial talk-show host, Walton Weeks, is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise. The case is very high profile and Stone is under a lot of pressure to either solve the case or pass it off to h
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dependable Parker. Entertaining storyline through amazingly clipped dialogue. Parker's skill as an author included making the reader care about the characters and he does so here. Who wouldn't want to have a drink with Jesse, the protagonist? Perfect weekend or summer read.
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Harry Lane
For my money, the Jesse Stone series is head and shoulders better than Spenser. In this one, Jesse wrestles with the murder of a well-known media personality. Sheer persistence seems to serve him well on this case, and he wins through to solving it. With the usual distractions of his former wife and current girl friend and their woes to keep things interesting.
Mike Jensen
With Parker you can expect a pointless story, very readable dialog, and quotations from Shakespeare, most often not acknowledged. His books are enjoyable without actually being good.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book by chance and decided to give it a try without having a clue about the author or what this is all about. Unfortunately I soon realized that this is some kind of police/crime pulp fiction, a genre that I'm not very fond of.

The book's characters are very stereotypical and the author's writing style too shallow and at times ridiculous for my taste. Too many puns and surreal dialogues used.

The main plot is basic and predictable and there are a couple o
Israel Drazin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High Profile is another of the late Robert B. Parker very enjoyable novels that I like. This one is about police chief Jesse Stone, the wise-cracking officer who was fired from his LA job for drinking too much alcohol and who took a job at the small town of Paradise and does a splendid job of solving crimes. The writing, including especially the dialogue is magnificent and funny. The characters are finely drawn, both the good and the bad people, and the plots in his books capture our interest fr ...more
Cindy Ramil
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
In comparison to the recent Robert Parker books that I've read, I found the writing on this one lousy and lazy. Many people have already commented about the frequent use of "he said" and "she said" which I didn't mind in the beginning but it did get kind of ridiculous as I read on.

I've recently read a Sunny Randall novel so I enjoyed her presence in this book (I like crossovers) but I didn't really like her subplot. I guess why that subplot was included makes sense given the ending but I just fo
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoy Jesse Stone books and I like listening to them on audio. In this book a man is found hanging in a park, but he was not killed that way. He was shoot and killed elsewhere. But where? Why? He was a known media figure with a radio show, among other things. He didn't seem to have any real enemies, not even his two ex-wives. Then another body is found in a dumpster. A woman. A pregnant woman. Guess whose baby she was carrying.

As jesse struggles to find even one clue as to what happened to the
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first - and last - Jesse Stone book. The plot, as stated, sounded pretty good. We had VERY little actual "investigation" of the crime and it was pretty obvious from the beginning "whodunit". There was also this extra drama with his crazy ex-wife. She is a nut case and beyond annoying. I assume the others in this series are just as "silly" and I shan't waste my time reading any more. I know Robert B. Parker has other characters but I'm not sure I'll even try them; I have a feeling his ...more
Evelyn Wilson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was rooting for Sunny, not Jenn. I am sick of Jenn and Jesse. I am going to have to re-watch the movies because I know Dix was helping Jesse but I don't recall Jenn being there. I now can't wait to begin reading all the Sunny Randall books, and I have bought them. I sure wish Jesse had gotten Lorrie too and not just Luke. Sad.

Page 22 . . . Jenn was an investigative reporter now. Not many weather girls made the jump. Jesse was pretty sure she had made it on her back. . . .

Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stoic Men with Flaws, Ex-Wives Who Won't Let Go
This isn't a review of the book. Just my personal notes. I have read all of Robert B. Parker over the years, including the newer books post-death. I've said before that his estate did take care to secure multiple writers to take on the voice of Parker and his creations with success, although for me, there will always be that "something" missing. In looking at Good Reads, I realized most of what I had read wasn't showing because I read the books so long ago. At first I was going to skim the books ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myteries
I do like reading the original Robert B. Parker books--not those written in his style after his death. I enjoy the short chapters, the staccato style, and the sassy dialogue. I seem to remember that no one ever goes to trial or prison in these boos--they just get finished off.

I do wish Jesse Stone would get his relationshp issues settled but I don't see that happening in the books later in the series either.

I purchased this book used at Haslan's in St. Petersburg, Florida and it was a fine vac
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a poorly written book. I forgot I'd already read a Robert Parker book when I starred this one, and debated just bringing it back to the library. It is riddled with typos and is 3/4 poor dialog- one error is a sentence with the wrong character's name in it!! I don't mean to knock Parker, every writer deserves a pat on the back for writing a book, but I won't be reading another of his books.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Robert B. Parker.
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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