Stranger in Paradise Paperback
Jesse Stone is an ex LA cop who has taken the job of police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts.
His drinking and his damaged relationship with his wife, define him as much as his supreme skill at policing his patch.
When Crow, an Apache hitman, turns up in Jesse Stone's office, he is intrigued and very much on his guard.
Ten years before, Crow was part of a gang that had taken a woman in the town hostage when a bank raid went wrong.
The hostages were released unharmed, thanks to Crow's moral view that you didn't kill women, but he also got away with enough money not to have to work again.
So why is Crow back in town? Why has he come to see Jesse? And why has he taken a job of kidnapping a young girl and her mother?
All questions to which Jesse has to find answers as things start to go badly wrong in Paradise.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/02/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781847247315
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Review by TheoClarke
Despite many annoyances I came to enjoy this novel. Initially I found Parker's trademark laconic dialogue irritating through overuse but he soon introduces other styles. Much more fundamental is the hackneyed reworking of his previous plots and the the obvious debt that the main characters owe to the Spenser protagonists. Jesse Stone becomes more like Spenser and Crow is now even more overtly derived from Hawk. Much of Parker's work explores disfunctional relationships or strong relationships that appear disfunctional so it is not surprising when he flirts with adultery; but his choice of the very happily married and honourable Molly as an adulterer seems wilfully shocking for little other benefit. So, disappointing as this may be for a Robert B Parker novel, it was still a cut above the average detective novel.