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Split Image (Jesse Stone Series #9)

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The Last of Jesse Stone?

Jesse Stone is back! This time he's dealing with two mob-connected corpses, two over-sexed mob wives, two self-absorbed parents whose daughter has taken up with a cult, and a Polish father out to avenge his son's death. Sunny Randall comes to town to help him along an...
Jesse Stone is back! This time he's dealing with two mob-connected corpses, two over-sexed mob wives, two self-absorbed parents whose daughter has taken up with a cult, and a Polish father out to avenge his son's death. Sunny Randall comes to town to help him along and, in the meantime, they help each other start to put their exes behind them.

The dialog is typical Parker - the kind of quick returns that we all wish we could think of when we need them. Jesse is still dealing with his internal struggle to drink or not to drink, and he turns to conversations with the photo of his hero Ozzie Smith to try to sort it all out.

The plot is a bit convoluted, the characters are complex, and the small-town police in Paradise are still able to rise to the occasion of big-city crime - all the elements that make the Jesse Stone series so much fun to read. As they work together to keep lids on their lives and the town, Jesse and Sonny grow closer and at the end of this installment they seem headed to greater things; maybe even a relationship like Spencer and Dr. Silverman (who makes an appearance here, too) have.

But alas, we'll never know. Sadly, this is probably the final chapter in Jesse Stone's story, since Parker passed away January 18th. His pithy, delightful style will be greatly missed, and Jesse and Sunny will remain in limbo. But Parkers' fans will re-read the Spenser, Stone, Randall, and western series for years to come.

Thanks, Parker!

posted by herbarmstrong on May 10, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I loved the characters.

I liked the characters better than the book. Overall, the book was okay.

posted by neclem1935 on March 27, 2010

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    The Last of Jesse Stone?

    Jesse Stone is back! This time he's dealing with two mob-connected corpses, two over-sexed mob wives, two self-absorbed parents whose daughter has taken up with a cult, and a Polish father out to avenge his son's death. Sunny Randall comes to town to help him along and, in the meantime, they help each other start to put their exes behind them.

    The dialog is typical Parker - the kind of quick returns that we all wish we could think of when we need them. Jesse is still dealing with his internal struggle to drink or not to drink, and he turns to conversations with the photo of his hero Ozzie Smith to try to sort it all out.

    The plot is a bit convoluted, the characters are complex, and the small-town police in Paradise are still able to rise to the occasion of big-city crime - all the elements that make the Jesse Stone series so much fun to read. As they work together to keep lids on their lives and the town, Jesse and Sonny grow closer and at the end of this installment they seem headed to greater things; maybe even a relationship like Spencer and Dr. Silverman (who makes an appearance here, too) have.

    But alas, we'll never know. Sadly, this is probably the final chapter in Jesse Stone's story, since Parker passed away January 18th. His pithy, delightful style will be greatly missed, and Jesse and Sunny will remain in limbo. But Parkers' fans will re-read the Spenser, Stone, Randall, and western series for years to come.

    Thanks, Parker!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    The Final Jesse Stone Novel Is A Good One

    Sadly there won't be anymore Jesse Stone novels due to the passing of Robert B. Parker, but he left us a good one. Jesse's life path isn't completely resolved, but he's come a long way since book one, and is headed in a good direction.

    The body of a mob tough guy is found stuffed in the trunk of his car. Jesse investigates the man's relationship to two local "ex" mob figures who live next door to each other, and are married to identical twins. The "split image" of the title refers to the woman, and they play an important part in this story.

    Meanwhile, another Parker character with her own series, Sunny Randall, is in town looking for a runaway girl at a commune. She and Jesse work together briefly, and then get together. Working with their respective therapists, they discover they each have traits similar to those of their victims. An interesting twist.

    As always, Parker's characters are strongly written as people one can identify with. This is very good story, the psychological profiles are excellent, and Jesse resolves his issues with his ex-wife and seems able to move on.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    Love Jesse & Parker

    Really like this character. The writing style keeps me engaged and I can't put the books down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Good series.

    I have enjoyed all of his books. This has two of his best detectives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Always good from Robert B.Parker

    Typical quik wit and moving plot. Jesse Stone is one of his better, indepth characters. Twists with humor. Too bad there won't be anymore from him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Another great Jesse Stone Story

    If you like the Jesse Stone series, you will like this book. Now that most of the series has been made into movies I always picture the book characters as they appeared in the films. It's a one day read that leaves you feeling good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    Fast Read!

    Not as suspense filled as previous Jesse Stone stories but a really good story non the less. Like the return of Sunny and the evolving involvement between Jesse and Sunny. Enjoy Robert Parker's short chapters, makes it easy to read - you want to keep reading until you get to the end.

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