Night and Day (Jesse Stone Series #8)

Night and Day (Jesse Stone Series #8)

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by Robert B. Parker

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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.


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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

Chapter 73

Chapter 74


Rough Weather
Now & Then
Hundred-Dollar Baby
School Days
Cold Service
Bad Business
Back Story
Widow’s Walk
Hugger Mugger
Hush Money
Sudden Mischief
Small Vices
Thin Air
Walking Shadow
Paper Doll
Double Deuce
Crimson Joy
Pale Kings and Princes
Taming a Sea-Horse
A Catskill Eagle
The Widening Gyre
A Savage Place
Early Autumn
Looking for Rachel Wallace
The Judas Goat
Promised Land
Mortal Stakes
God Save the Child
The Godwulf Manuscript



Stranger in Paradise
High Profile
Sea Change
Stone Cold
Death in Paradise
Trouble in Paradise
Night Passage




Spare Change
Blue Screen
Melancholy Baby
Shrink Rap
Perish Twice
Family Honor




Double Play
Gunman’s Rhapsody
All Our Yesterdays
A Year at the Races
(with Joan H. Parker)
Perchance to Dream
Poodle Springs
(with Raymond Chandler)
Love and Glory
Three Weeks in Spring
(with Joan H. Parker)
Training with Weights
(with John R. Marsh)

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


Parker, Robert B., date.
Night and day / Robert B. Parker.
p. cm.

eISBN : 978-1-101-01605-3

1. Police chiefs—Massachusetts—Fiction. 2. Sex crimes—
Investigation—Fiction. 3. Voyeurism—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3566.A686N53 2009b 2008054245




This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously,
and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses,
companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.


While the author has made every effort to provide accurate telephone numbers and Internet addresses at the time of publication, neither the publisher nor the author assumes any responsibility for errors, or for changes that occur after publication. Further, the publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

For Joan:
Only you beneath the moon
and under the sun.


JESSE STONE sat in his office at the Paradise police station, looking at the sign painted on the pebbled-glass window of his office door. From the inside it read FEIHC, or it would have, if the letters hadn’t been backward. He tried pronouncing the word, decided he couldn’t, and stopped thinking about it. On his desk was a glamour head shot of his ex-wife. He looked at it for a time, and decided not to think about that, either.

Molly Crane came from the front desk and opened the door.

“Suit just called in,” she said. “There’s some kind of disturbance at the junior high school and he thinks you and I ought to come down.”

“Girls involved?” Jesse said.

“That’s why he wants me,” Molly said.

“I understand,” Jesse said. “But why does he want me?”

“You’re the chief of police,” Molly said. “Everybody wants you.”

Jesse glanced at Jenn’s picture again.

“Oh,” Jesse said. “Yeah.”

Jesse stood, and clipped his gun to his belt.

“Though you sure don’t dress like a chief,” Molly said.

Jesse was wearing a uniform shirt, blue jeans, Nikes, a dark blue Paradise police baseball hat, and a badge that said Chief. He tapped the badge.

“I do where it counts,” he said. “Who’s on the desk?”

“Steve,” Molly said.

“Okay,” Jesse said. “You drive. No siren.”

“Oh, damn,” Molly said. “I never get to use the siren.”

“Maybe when you make sergeant,” Jesse said.

There were two Paradise police cruisers parked outside of the junior high school.

“Who’s in the other cruiser,” Jesse said as they got out of the car.

“Eddie Cox,” Molly said. “He and Suit have seven to eleven this week.”

They walked into the school lobby, where a thick mill of parents was being held at bay by two Paradise cops. Most of the parents were mothers, with a scatter of fathers looking oddly out of place. When Jesse came in they all swarmed toward him, many of them speaking to him loudly.

“You’re the chief of police, are you gonna do something?”

“I want that woman arrested!”

“She’s a goddamned child molester!”

“What are you going to do about this?”

“Do you know what she did?”

“Did they tell you what happened here?”

Jesse ignored them.

He said to Molly, “Keep them here.”

Then he pointed at Suit and jerked his head down the hallway.

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Brief Biography

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

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Night and Day (Jesse Stone Series #8) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
larbearLR More than 1 year ago
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.
FarmLadyNC More than 1 year ago
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!
lsneely More than 1 year ago
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.
mysterygirlSC More than 1 year ago
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.
Formerfan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Loved the book from start to finish
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I love the entire series and love the way Parker has Jesse Stone talk.. so sure of himself....
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Tina52 More than 1 year ago
Night & Day is a very good book, it moves at a fast pace which keeps the reader interested.
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PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
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.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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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