High Profile (Jesse Stone Series #6)

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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 and national media scrutiny. When another dead ...

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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 and national media scrutiny. When another dead body-that of a young woman-is discovered just a few days later, the pressure becomes almost unbearable.

Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. But what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care-not a single one of Weeks's ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens.

Despite Weeks's reputation and the girl's tender age, Jesse is hard-pressed to find legitimate suspects. Though the crimes are perhaps the most gruesome Jesse has ever witnessed, it is the malevolence behind them that makes them all the more frightening. Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon comes to realize that knowing whom he can trust is indeed a matter of life and death.

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In this Jesse Stone mystery (Sea Change et al.), crime fiction icon Robert B. Parker's revisits the seaside town of Paradise, Massachusetts, and its much-flawed police chief as Stone struggles to make sense of a double homicide involving a divisive talk show host and his pregnant mistress.

As Stone and his misfit crew (officers Luther "Suitcase" Simpson, Molly Crane, et al.) begin to unravel the bizarre murders of Walton Weeks -- a politically outspoken talk show host and columnist, à la Bill O'Reilly, with more than a few enemies -- and his pretty young assistant, Carey Longley, they must also deal with the pressure associated with being in the national media spotlight. A conniving wife, numerous ex-wives, a bodyguard with a shadowy past, and an overly ambitious research assistant only complicate the investigation; and to make matters worse, Stone's promiscuous ex informs him that she has been raped. With the help of love interest Sunny Randall, Stone tries to figure out the murderer's motive -- and the reasons behind the wreckage of his own personal life…

Longtime fans and historians of American crime fiction will find Parker's newest mystery not only immensely entertaining and emotionally compelling but also a masterful example of how the refined use of dialogue can power and shape a narrative. Parker's minimalist use of conversation throughout -- concise, understated, and bitingly witty dialogue contrasted with brilliant sequences of nonverbal exchange -- give the novel a darkly introspective, melancholic feel. This dichotomy exemplifies Stone himself: a supremely capable detective who can't seem to piece together the mystery of his own life. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly

The murder of Walton Weeks, a Rush Limbaugh–like political commentator in sleepy Paradise, Mass., drives the action of bestseller Parker's competent whodunit, a sequel of sorts to Blue Screen(2006), which first paired two of the authors' non-Parker series characters—Jess Stone, an ex-LAPD detective trying to resurrect his career as Paradise's police chief, and PI Sunny Randall—with predictable romantic results. After a stalker sexually assaults Stone's ex-wife, Jenn, Stone asks Randall to serve as Jenn's bodyguard. Stone finds himself under atypical media and political scrutiny, especially after Weeks's pregnant mistress is also found dead in Paradise. Both Stone and Randall are still weighed down with significant emotional baggage from their exes, and it's Parker's exploration of their ambivalent relationship that is this book's strength. The plot, however, is much less developed than Jane Haddam's Hardscrabble Road(2006), which likewise featured the murder of a right-wing radio commentator. (Feb.)

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Forbes Magazine
Robert B. Parker is that rarity--a prolific author whose books are consistently original, suspenseful and fascinating. His crackling dialogue is always fresh and smart-alecky. His sparse prose makes Hemingway seem like a windbag. You don't have to work to get into Parker's books. You're happily hooked before you know it. He published three mysteries in 2007 (G.P. Putnam's Sons). Spare Change ($24.95).Boston PI Sunny Randall is asked by her father and former cop, Phil, to help him investigate what appears to be the return of a serial killer who leaves three coins next to each of his head-shot victims. Now, after a 30-year hiatus, the killer is back at his grim business. Phil headed--unsuccessfully--the original investigations of these killings and is now back to assist police in tracking down the killer. After interviewing a number of people rounded up because they were in proximity to a recent killing, Sunny thinks she's found the villain. But how to get the proof? Hunches are not enough. Sunny takes a high-risk approach, going out to dinner with the suspect, who seems to take perverse pleasure in being investigated.

The case becomes even more dangerous and urgent when the killer starts choosing victims who resemble Sunny. The suspense is periodically punctuated by many of the characters' various--and usually messy--personal relationships, including Sunny's ex-husband, who comes from a mob family. High Profile ($24.95). The hero in this tale is Jesse Stone, the alcohol-challenged police chief of a small town called Paradise. Stone's battle with the bottle forced him out of the Los Angeles Police Department. A controversial libertarian talk-radio host, Walton Weeks, is found shot andhanging from a tree in Paradise. Shortly thereafter another body turns up in a Dumpster--that of a young woman who had worked for Weeks and was pregnant with his child. Amazingly, Weeks' former wives and current wife seem oddly detached. But Weeks' notoriety has Stone coping with a deluge of media, as well as a publicity-hungry state governor. As in Spare Change, the characters here all have less-than-perfect personal lives. Stone, for instance, is still obsessed with his ex-wife, even though she is what was once called a "loose woman." Despite these and other personal sideshows, the story proceeds absorbingly and briskly.

Now & Then ($25.95). Parker's third home-run novel involves his original hero-character, Spenser (whose first name is still a mystery). A routine case of an aggrieved husband wanting to find out for sure if his attractive wife has been unfaithful veers into several murders involving a gang of terrorists. Spenser's longtime squeeze, Susan Silverman, a both-feet-on-the-ground shrink, finds herself in mortal danger as she treats a suspected killer who prides himself on being able to seduce any woman he desires. You'll remain oblivious to the rest of the world as you race through Parker's latest mesmerizing masterpiece. (7 Jan 2008)
—Steve Forbes

Library Journal

More trouble comes to Paradise, MA, in Parker's (Sea Change) latest Jesse Stone novel, another excellent if too-short entry in an outstanding series. When a prominent national talk-show host is found hanged, Jesse is forced to handle not only a murder case but also the accompanying media circus. On top of that, there's a band of ex-wives, a group of untrustworthy coworkers, and a young woman's family around to both help and hinder his investigation. There is nothing sensational in the action, but Parker's writing doesn't need that; Jesse is interesting enough without nonstop action. As in the previous Stone novels, Jesse spends plenty of time dealing with relationship issues, especially his ongoing efforts to work things out with his ex-wife. This can get tedious, but readers will sympathize with Jesse's everyman struggles. While this series is unlikely to match the popularity of Parker's Spenser series, it deserves its own praise. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ10/1/06.]
—Craig Shufelt Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Kirkus Reviews
While trying to solve a delicate murder case, small-town police chief Jesse Stone comes up with a uniquely ingenious way to juggle the two ladies in his life. Talk-show host Walton Weeks, star of newspapers, radio and television, must have kept his publicist working overtime even unto death. How else to explain the discovery of his corpse hanging from a tree in a quiet park in Paradise? To add insult to injury, Weeks wasn't even hanged till after he'd bled out from bullet wounds suffered elsewhere-perhaps wherever his assistant Carey Longley, pregnant with his first child, was shot by the same gun before she was dumped in the lower-rent Dumpster behind Daisy Dyke's restaurant. The obvious suspects-Weeks's two ex-wives and their most recent successor, his bodyguard, researcher, manager and lawyer-all have alibis, and as Jesse candidly tells the Massachusetts governor, the solution will have to wait for more clues, presumably including the obligatory revelations of past secrets and current sexual peccadilloes. Meanwhile, Jesse's romance with private eye Sunny Randall (Sea Change, 2006) is frozen by the news that Jenn, the ex-wife he's never been able to get over, is being stalked by the man who raped her. How to deal with the two rivals? Only Jesse would come up with the sublime solution: He hires Sunny as Jenn's bodyguard. If the complications that follow don't live up to the situation's promise, even mid-level Parker is always well worth your time and money.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425206096
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Jesse Stone Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 117,454
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B.  Parker
Robert B. Parker is the author of more than forty books. He lives in Boston.


Robert B. Parker began as a student of hard-boiled crime writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but when he became a crime writer himself, he was one of the rare contemporary authors to be considered on par with his predecessors. The Spenser series, featuring a Boston-based ex-boxer and ex-cop, is one of the genre's most respected and popular fixtures.

Noted for their sharp dialogue and fine character development, the Spenser books carry on a tradition while updating it, particularly in giving its hero two strong alter egos in Hawk, a black friend and right-hand man; and Susan Silverman, Spenser's psychologist love interest. Parker's inclusion of other races and sexual persuasions (several of his novels feature gay characters, a sensibility strengthened in Parker through his sons, both of whom are gay) give a more modern feel to the cases coming into Spenser's office.

The Spenser series, which began with 1973's The Godwulf Manuscript, has an element of toughness that suits its Boston milieu; but it delves just as often into the complex relationship between Silverman and Spenser, and the interplay between the P.I. and Hawk.

By the late ‘80s, Parker had acquired such a reputation that the agent for Raymond Chandler's estate tapped him to finish the legend's last book, Poodle Springs. It was a thankless mission bound to earn criticism, but Parker carried off the task well, thanks to his gift for to-the-point writing and deft plotting. "Parker isn't, even here, the writer Chandler was, but he's not a sentimentalist, and he darkens and deepens Marlowe," the Atlantic concluded. In 1991, Parker took a second crack at Chandler with the Big Sleep sequel Perchance to Dream.

Parker took other detours from Spenser over the years. In 1999, Family Honor introduced Sunny Randall, a female Boston private eye Parker created with actress Helen Hunt in mind. Two years earlier, he introduced L.A.-to-New England cop transplant Jesse Stone in Night Passage. He also authored four bestselling Westerns featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, a few young adult books, as well as several stand-alone novels that were well-received by his many fans.

Parker died suddenly in January 2010 while at home at his desk, working on a book. The cause was a heart attack. He was seventy-seven.

Good To Know

Parker's thesis in graduate school was a study of the private eye in literature that centered on Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald. Critics would later put him in the same category as those authors.

Parker's main hero is named for Edmund Spenser, the 16th-century author of The Faerie Queene.

Parker had a hand in writing the scripts for some television adaptations of Spenser books starring Robert Urich, who also played Spenser in the ABC series from 1985-88. Urich suffered a battle with cancer and passed away in 2002, but adaptations continue to be made for A&E, starring Joe Mantegna. Parker approved of the new actor, telling the New York Times: ''I looked at Joe and I saw Spenser."

According to a profile in the New York Times, Parker met his wife Joan when the two were toddlers at a birthday party. The two reconnected as freshmen at Colby College and eventually had two sons. They credit the survival of their marriage to a house split into separate living spaces, so that the two can enjoy more independent lives than your average husband and wife.

Parker told fans in a 1999 Barnes & Noble.com chat that he thought his non-series historical novel All Our Yesterdays was "the best thing I've ever written."

Parker had a small speaking part in the 1997 A&E adaptation of Small Vices. How does he have time to write his Spenser books, plus the other series and the adaptation stuff? "Keep in mind, it takes me four or five months to write a novel, which leaves me a lot of time the rest of the year," he told Book magazine. "I don't like to hang around."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 17, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      January 18, 2010
    2. Place of Death:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Loved Jesse characterization - typical fallible man

    Loved to follow deductable reasoning & investigational stratagy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    Robert Parker had a gift for character development.

    I have enjoyed all the Jesse Stone mysteries and this one is no exception. For fans of the TV series you won't be disappointed. The books are even better than the shows though Tom Selleck plays a great Jesse Stone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Must read for Robert Parker fans!

    Droll humor and good suspense . Lots of entertainment here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Include the following:

    Name, where you rp(name and place: ex. Sunclan at 'precaution' res 1), what each of your rps look like, what time you are generakky on( you can even do it by days: as in, Thursday from 3-10 pm or whatever), gender, age, , status(single, married....), and basically anything else you would include on a bio.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended- you must check it out!!!

    If you love detective stories you are going to love these series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012


    Moves in his sleep. "Mmmmmmmfffff... no... don't take them... I would fight... you'll never escape... Hunter... you thieving brute... I'll follow you... to... My Home... result one... leave the kit alone... OW! OH! OW! s-s-s-stop... no... kit... you have to fight... OW!... oh... not the kit... leave him alone, Hunter... oh... oh th-th-the blood... all the kit's blood... and mine... no... it's over... tell Lunarkit I love her... mmmfffff..."

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012


    Stands up. "Hunter!"

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Have been reading Robert Parker novels for years...recently have been
    concentrating more on Clive Cussler...but hsi novels are always fun to read and I look forward to replacing more of my paper bound volumns with his E-books.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Huge disappointment!

    I have read other books by Mr. Parker and and thought the story sounded interesting, but I really had to force myself to finish it. What really annoyed me most about this book was the dialogue between the characters (which is mainly what this story is made up of, not a lot of setting up scenes or descriptions in this one). The dialogue seemed so forced and unnatural. It was as if Mr. Parker was challenging himself to see how many "witty" remarks and sexual innuendos he could fit in the book. Very annoying. This story was also so predictable! I had it figured out very early on. Unfortunately, this book may have turned me off from ever reading anymore of his books. Don't waste your time with this one.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Written in the typical Jesse Stone series style. The attitude of the characters is unusual and is unique to any other books I've ever read. Robert Parker truly knows how to capture your attention with this small town police force. I am a true Jesse Stone fan, in books and movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Good read.

    I've watched a number of Jesse Stone movies and loved them. I had never read one until a friend loaned me this one. If I had seen it in a movie I would not have read the book. I want the book first and then the movie. I did enjoy this.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Typical RP style

    Entertaining and quick to read. Spenser does it again in his typical style!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Not as good as the other Jessie Stone novels.

    Two changes Parker made adversely affected the book. One change was bringing Sunny Randall into the story, a character from another set of Parker books. She and Jesse spend way too much time whining about their relationship issues. Alone, it's bearable, together unbearable. As a result, there is not enough of that Jesse Stone dry wit that made the other books so much fun. The other change was a lack of actual investigation of the crime, sadly because of all the time spent whining.

    In short, an OK read when plans go awry, but don't set aside a special time just for this book.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Another good Parker read

    Just recently started reading the J. Stone series and enjoy this as much as the others. R. Parker writes so concise, yet filled with details (some other BestSeller authors should take note!) it is tough to put down. I found the twists in this book intriguing and feel he did an excellent job unwinding a good tale. Definitely a great Rainy Day read!

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Jesse Stone is always entertaining

    Can you picture anyone but Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone? I can't and so I love reading all of the Jesse Stone series. Quick witted but never giving away his thoughts, Jesse always gets the job done. Can't get enough of Jesse. Thanks, Robert B. Parker!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    A Good Read

    As in all his Jessie Stone books, Parker spends a little too much time on the personal conflicts that Stone is enduring, but a very good book- easy read.

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

    DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is it for me. I've read them all so far and they keep getting worse. Silly dialog, almost laughable interaction. It really is time to do something else Mr.Parker. It's been a great ride. I would give a half star if possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    high school freshman work

    Very disappointing, sad, simple, and shallow quality of writing. If it wasn't Parker's name on the book, it probably wouldn't have been published. As a former admirer of early Parker (and Spencer books), I feel he went Hollywood a long time ago. He cranks out books with plots that lack depth or thought. Was this book written in one weekend? This particular book is evidence that it might be time to put down the pen, for Parker lacks the work ethic required to demonstrate writing other than high school work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    A quick and pleasant read

    High profile opens with the body of a man found riled with bullet holes and hung from a tree in the small town of Paradise Massachusetts. When the body is identified as famous talk-show host Walton Weeks, police chief Jesse Stone and his team work to find the killer. They soon discover his young pregnant lover, murdered in the same fashion and thrown into a dumpster, sending the police into a more complex and wild plot. This high profile crime becomes engrossed with media attention and political pressure leading to a long list of colorful characters and suspects. While the mystery of the crime remains weaved throughout the novel, the focus is more on the relationships between Jesse, his ex-wife Jenn and current girlfriend Sunny. The strong emotional conflicts and drinking scenes seem to drag on and ultimately fill up space on the pages. The quirky dialogue and personality of the characters is interesting and fun often providing some laugh out loud moments. The mystery in itself is intriguing providing some great scenes and twists to the plot along the way however, the ending is too predictable and lacks the luster it needed. Overall, High Profile simply a quick and pleasant read. Valerie Jones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    freakin sweet

    This book was pretty good for highschool reading. I love the short chapters and spaced typing. The ending wasn't that great though.

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