Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7)

Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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An Apache hit man arrives in Paradise to find a missing girl and snuff out her mother. But his conscience is getting the best of him. If he doesn’t make the hit, he’ll pay for it. So might Jesse Stone, who’s been enlisted to protect them all.  See more details below

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An Apache hit man arrives in Paradise to find a missing girl and snuff out her mother. But his conscience is getting the best of him. If he doesn’t make the hit, he’ll pay for it. So might Jesse Stone, who’s been enlisted to protect them all.

Editorial Reviews

The last time police chief Jesse Stone saw bad guy Wilson Cromartie, "Crow" was a tiny, hazy outline disappearing behind a speedboat wake. Ten years have passed and the career crook who pulled off the worst heist in Paradise, Massachusetts, history is now back, knocking on Jesse's door. But this old nemesis isn't turning himself in; he needs Stone's help and, astonishingly enough, it's an offer Jesse can't refuse. One of the most compelling protagonists in crime fiction.
Marilyn Stasio
Crow is Hawk, the enforcer in Parker's better-known Spenser series, before he was housebroken—which allows Jesse to be Spenser, before he got old. Jesse and Crow take target practice together…and discuss their careers…But mainly they talk the guy talk that is music to our ears.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Even if Parker's series about smalltown Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone doesn't rank as most fans' favorite dish in the bestselling author's deli, listeners should enjoy James Naughton's clean and crisp way of bringing fictional characters to life. His performance alone is worth the price of admission. He makes Stone's wisecracks understandable and pungent. By lowering his voice just a bit and giving it some rougher edges, Naughton plays ex-con/hit man Wilson "Crow" Cromartie. A mobster has hired Crow to kill his wife and kidnap his daughter, but Crow has other ideas and needs Stone to stay out of his way. Will Stone step aside or will he join up with his former foe to save the women? There's no prize for guessing correctly, but the exciting story provides a fun way to pass a few idle hours. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 3, 2007). (Feb.)

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Library Journal

When Amber Francisco, the 14-year-old old daughter of a Florida racketeer, becomes involved with a Paradise Island gang banger, her father sends an enforcer to Massachusetts to bring her home. But after Wilson "Crow" Crowmartie-a dangerous Apache Indian hit man in the mold of another Parker character, Spenser's cohort, Hawk-is asked to kill the girl's mother, he turns to his old nemesis, police chief Jesse Stone (Sea Change ), to intervene. At the same time, Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn, investigates the gang problem for her TV station and in doing so exposes herself to danger. As in his Spenser novels, Parker allows his characters to dish out justice in their own way while just staying within the law. Blending descriptive detail with sparse dialog, Parker has not lost his touch. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/07.]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399154607
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Series:
Jesse Stone Series, #7
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

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
Education:
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
Website:
http://robertbparker.net/

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