Night and Day (Jesse Stone Series #8)

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Parker and Stone-back with another New York Times bestseller

When the sun sets in Paradise, the women get nervous. A Peeping Tom is on the loose. According to the notes he sends Police Chief Jesse Stone, he's about to take his obsession one step further.

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Parker and Stone-back with another New York Times bestseller

When the sun sets in Paradise, the women get nervous. A Peeping Tom is on the loose. According to the notes he sends Police Chief Jesse Stone, he's about to take his obsession one step further.

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Sometimes Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone wonders how his town could have possibly earned its pristine name. Recently, lewdness seems to be rampant in this little hamlet. At the local junior high, principal Betsy Ingersoll insists on making surprise locker room inspections of female students' underwear, but her search for thongs and bikini panties is the least of Jesse's worries. Worse yet are the nocturnal wanderings of "The Night Hawk," a sex-starved voyeur whose window peeping has escalated into much more dangerous, confrontational acts. The author often called "America's greatest mystery writer" takes readers on a guided tour through the secrets of a small town.
Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Parker's fluffy eighth Jesse Stone novel (after Stranger in Paradise), the Paradise, Mass., police chief almost effortlessly performs his laconic magic to restore order and right wrongs. When Betsy Ingersoll, the junior high school principal, decides to conduct a check of girls' undies before an eighth-grade dance, it may or may not have been a crime, but it certainly provokes a firestorm of protests. Then there's a Peeping Tom calling himself the Night Hawk, whose activities escalate from watching to home invasions. In addition, the legal activities of a group of adults calling themselves the Paradise Free Swingers are badly affecting two children. Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn, and his deputies, Molly Crane and "Suit" Simpson, lend support. With a few bold strokes, Parker sketches characters and plot, then uses long stretches of his trademark pithy dialogue to carry the story briskly forward. The result may not provide much of a meal, but it's certainly an enjoyable snack. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425232996
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Jesse Stone Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 136,814
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker is the author of more than fifty 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 & 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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Thumbs down on CD Audiobook of NIGHT & DAY

    I enjoy the Jesse Stone series in book form and the TV series with Tom Selleck. Listening to this audiobook CD was maddening because of the repeated "Jesse said, Molly said, Suitcase said, Hannah said, yada yada yada." It was endless. Perhaps a different reader with varying voice inflections could have made it better. I recommend you avoid the audiobook and stick to the book on this one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Parker hits another home run

    Jesse Stone is one of my favorite characters, and I always look forward to his return. This book is no exception. It has that trademark diaglogue and engaging story that Robert B. Parker does so well. When Jesse gets called to the local junior high school because the principal has inspected the teenage girls' underwear, he is a little more perplexed than usual. And who wouldn't be? What kind of teacher forces students to expose their undergarments? However, her husband, a big city lawyer, effectively buries the situation, leaving Jesse frustrated. As usual, this little story is just a thread in the tapestry of a Jesse Stone novel, and stitches are added along the way. Add to this an eerie tale of a psychopathic peeping Tom, and you've got a real mystery.The peeper likes to break in while the women are home alone and forces them to disrobe for him to take photos.

    Obviously, we've got no ordinary peeping Tom here, and in uncovering (excuse the pun) clues to his identity, Jesse finds a hidden part of Paradise that surprises him and his deputies. Who would have thought the quaint little New England town could be a hotbed of suburban wife swapping?

    When the peeper begins to send Jesse notes, Jesse realizes the scale of the perp's crimes is esculating. He'll need to take drastic action to capture the peeper before there are real problems.

    Jesse takes on both of these problems with equal zeal and follows them through to the end. Parker's writing style makes this an interesting and involving read. I really enjoyed the book and absolutely look forward to the return of the taciturn Chief Jesse Stone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Its an OK book

    I was really disappointed in the story line. After reading the description of the book and story I was really excited on purchasing the book, could hardly wait to read it. Once I started reading it I became disappointed, it was a typical detective story. The book is very easy reading and only took me two nights to read it. I don't know, the story just didn't do anything for me. I guess if you are really into easy reading detecitive stories this would be a good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Save your money

    One of the worse books I have read in a long time, I wouldn't even recommend buying it in paperback! I usually like Robert Parker, also have enjoyed the Jesse Stone series, but this read like something written just to fill pages.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Another winner

    A worthy addition to the Jesse Stone series ; and without spoiling anything very important to the overall story moving forward. The plot is good and somewhat unnerving due to the subject matter. Well worth reading and as with all of Robert Parker's novels a very quick read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Night and Day

    Disappointing, to say the least. I've never read any of Robert Parkers books before and now I hesitate to try any others.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    Time for Parker to retire

    About one of every 6 to 8 Robert Parker books are true reads. This one is a stinker. To be fair I could only get into about 80 boring pages before I gave up on it. The plot and subplots are just tedious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

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    A quick, entertaining read for a Night and Day (or two)

    Paradise's laconic police chief Jesse Stone is back in this enjoyable crime novel, which features one series of actual crimes in addition to some other bad behavior, all of it sexual in nature. A peeping tom's voyeurism escalates to dangerous levels of home invasion and forced disrobing of his victims at gunpoint; Stone receives notes from the perpetrator warning him that the man is losing control and soon might hurt someone. Meanwhile the swinging lifestyle of a married couple is having serious ramifications on their children, and the junior high school principal is in hot water for checking under the female students' dresses for their underwear styles before a dance.
    "Night and Day" is a crime novel with an extremely likable cast of regulars, though the plotline is not overly compelling. Still, if you enjoy the characters Parker has populated the small resort town of Paradise with, you will definitely enjoy the series, and that includes this latest installment.
    Also recommended: A STRANGER LIES THERE - winner of the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery, it's protagonist is a former 1970's radical who took part in an anti-Vietnam War action that left three dead. His past comes back to haunt him one morning in the form of a dead body on his front lawn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Love the Jesse Stone Books

    Became a fan watching the Jesse Stone TV series. Even tho Tom Selleck is not there to look at while reading, I hear his voice when reading the stories. These books are so easy to read and I feel like I know the characters. I enjoy every one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love the entire series and love the way Parker has Jesse Stone talk.. so sure of himself....

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended- a good book to read

    Night & Day is a very good book, it moves at a fast pace which keeps the reader interested.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    As Always ~~~~~~~

    Well I have read all of the Jesse Stone series and this one lacked the excitement then the others but I am still a fan. When Robert Parker passed away in January 2010 I was so sad. Not only did I find a new author to read but I found a great character in Jesse Stone. So pick this up in paperback or if you are collecting the series and saving in your personal library like me, then go for the hardcover. I have Split Image to read and it will be sad knowing it was Parker's last Jesse Stone book.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Fans of Jesse Stone won't be disappointed

    Peaceful Paradise, Massachusetts, a sleepy, normally quiet town, is home to Jesse Stone, the Chief of Police, and his small ensamble of officers. While sitting around his office doing nothing in particular, he is interrupted by Molly Crane, one of his officers, who reports that "Suit," another officer, just called in. It seems that Betsy Ingersoll, the high school principal, picked up the dresses of all the girls in her school who were about to attend the eighth-grade dance and took a peek at their underwear. Parents, learning of this invasion of their daughters' privacy, have stormed the school and are demanding action. Jesse, in his usual, somewhat laid back, casual, let's-not-jump-to-conclusions manner, sets about to learn more about the event and decide what sort of action he should take. Meanwhile, the "Night Hawk" a Peeping Tom, has started making the rounds of Paradise. Townsfolk are soon frightened into drawing their shades and in return, a frustrated Night Hawk turns to more threatening, and dangerous, behavior. He begins entering the homes of 40ish mothers, whose husbands and children are at work/school. Demanding they take their clothes off, the Night Hawk then takes photos and, without touching his victims, leaves. Jesse is stumped at who the Night Hawk might be and the fact that this criminal starts to send the Chief taunting letters about his crimes doesn't help. While Jesse has his hands full with the Peeping Tom and dealing with the Principal and her obnoxious husband, he gets a visit from 13-year-old Missy Clark. It seems that her parents are swingers and they have some of their "get-togethers" at their house. Although they tell Missy and her younger brother to stay upstairs, the two children know what is going on and are frightened. "Can you make them stop?" she asks Jesse. The catch is that what Missy's parents are doing isn't illegal, and she insists Jesse not mention that she came to him for help. How will he handle this? As the story progresses, it appears that at least two, and maybe all three of the people/events Jesse is working on may be related. Will he and his small crew, basically Molly and Suit, be able to solve the Peeping Tom case, help Missy, and find a suitable punishment (civil action perhaps?) for Mrs. Ingersoll? Like all of the Jesse Stone novels, this book is heavy on dialogue and light on descriptions and background information. With so much dialogue, the 289 pages can be read fairly quickly but that's not a bad thing. It's a fun book, particularly for fans of the series. There's a lot of back and forth banter between Jesse and his officers as they are settling into their characters nicely and the reader is getting to know each of them so well. I wouldn't recommend starting the series with this book, however, as there is very little explanation of who/what/when/where and quite a few references to past events (for instance, Molly's one-night tryst with Crew, a character from Stranger in Paradise. This is also not an "edge of your seat, nail-biting, wait until the last page to figure it out" kind of mystery. You'll likely have the culprit and cases figured out before Jesse, but it's a heck of a lot of fun to go along for the ride with this enduring, and endearing, police chief. Quill says: Fans of Robert Parker won't be disappointed with this entry in the Jesse Stone series.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Great book; weak ending

    If this was one of Mr. Parker's last books before his untimely death, maybe that explains the weak ending. It was a little too predictable. I won't spoil it for those that haven't read it, but I think you'll figure out what's going to happen 10-15 pages before the end. I'm glad that the TV producers take a few liberties with Jesse Stone made-for-TV movies, because this book defintely wasn't a page-turner for me. Now having Selleck as Jesse Stone would hold my attention for as long as possible . . .

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  • Posted April 8, 2010


    Jesse Stone is such the understated hero! He is so levelheaded and matter-of-fact in his job that it is refreshing. However, he is thoroughly messed up in the love department with his Ex, a relationship in which he finally seems to be making some headway. The story is in the great Robert B Parker style - a little unsettling and it makes you think. From now on I am going to make sure that my front and back doors are locked! This story has a real creepy villain. Hard to put down, as usual, until the very end. Good triumphs over evil once again!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Another Jesse Stone/Sunny Randall gem - we'll miss you, Robert Parker

    Alas - there will soon be no more of these wonderful Jesse Stone novels, so I may savor these more than need be. The plot is easy to follow, and lacls some of the depth of his other earlier books in this series, which were also made into tv movies starring Tom Selleck. This book discusses obsession, and is a fun, enjoyable read. Good to see Sunny Randall again. Progress on the Jenn front, too.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Great book, as usual from Robert Parker.

    I enjoyed this book just as much as the other in the Jesse Stone series. I think more of these should be made into movies. The storyline is great and there several side-plots to go with the main story line.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Robert Parker novels

    Interesting, fun, and quick to read. I'm now a Robert Parker fan!

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Another thriller from Parker!

    Even if you've read his previous novels, this keeps you guessing and
    provides an interesting and surprising ending that leaves you waiting
    for his next novel.

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