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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