Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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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.
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Overview

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.
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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.]

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101207741
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Jesse Stone Series , #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 19,119
  • File size: 443 KB

Meet the Author

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

Biography

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Exciting

    This was such an exciting thriller. I especially liked the real life imperfections of the characters. It read like a true life story. I love Parker's books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    solid thriller

    Apache hit man Wilson 'Crow' Cromartie brazenly walks into the office of Paradise, Massachusetts Chief of Police Jesse Stone to ask the cop to make his latest consulting job easier. Jesse reminds Crow that a decade ago, he was part of a gang that executed a deadly heist on nearby affluent Stiles Island. Crow says he had nothing to do with the homicides as he was forced to flee on a speedboat from a dangerous shootout, which Jesse reminds him led to the death of two police officers. --- Louis Francisco, reputed crime boss of South Florida, hired Crow because he knows the Paradise coast and has a reputation for success. He wants Crow to find his daughter and report back to his client for further instruction. Jesse says he will discuss an arrest with the ADA. After Crow leaves Jesse tells his staff that Crow freed the female hostages because he does not kill women, but when it comes to men, he is STONE COLD. --- Crow informs Louis he found Amber living in poverty with her mother Fiona. Louis orders Crow to kill Fiona and bring Amber to him. Since he does not murder women, Crow brazenly tells Jesse to protect Fiona. The question for Jesse is whether Crow will abduct Amber to take her south complicating matters is his ex wife TV reporter Jenn is involved as she investigates local teen gang activity. --- Crow steals the show with his odd but fascinating morality that enables him to double cross clients as he did ten years ago, kill men in cold blood, steal from the dead, and not harm a woman. Jess is at his best when he reluctantly collaborates with Crow he is at his worst when he begins to reconcile with Jenn ignoring her sexual betrayals to further her career that turned him into an alcoholic, which in turn cost him his LAPD job. Time lines since LA and the Stiles Island caper aside, this is a solid thriller, but Robert B. Parker needs one more DEATH IN PARADISE so that Jess can stop obsessing over Jenn. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    Still a little sad at the death of Robert B. Parker...

    Still a little sad at the death of Robert B. Parker, so, as a form of tribute to him, I thought I would try a little experiment with his new (and final) Jesse Stone novel -- "Split Image." Building off the comment I made in my review of his recent Spenser outing, "The Professional," and as a play with the "Split Image" title, I thought I would read "Split Image" and his 2008, "Stranger in Paradise" simultaneously.

    I wanted to test the precision of the plotting and the consistency of character. First, I read a couple of chapters of "Stranger..." and then went to "Split..." for several chapters and back and forth through the two books. Amazing. They were a split image. Not only did they share Parker's Hemingwayesque sparseness but they were seamless in character, locale and plot.

    Parker turned formulaic into familiar and the familiar in comforting. He is a real joy to read -- even two at a time -- and will be missed. I think there is one last Spenser in the pipeline -- "Painted Ladies" due in October 2010. So, all is not lost, yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Much Ado About Little or Nothing

    A shallow take on how lawmen and outlaws are connected, and sometimes, mutually supportive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

    I quit

    I have been a Parker fan since the first Spenser novel and have tried to read everything. Jesse and Sunny have been welcome additions to the canon and I have tried to give the benefit of a doubt when the plots got tired. In this novel Crow is a pale imitation of Hawk who is an enduring character while Crow flies by night. Without giving any plot away, Maggie completely blows it for me and I will not read another of these books. Suit is bad enough but he at least has some guilt and humility. Sorry Parker but you lose this round.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    A needed addition

    In future Jesse Stone novels, a map of Paradise, especially of the harbor, Paradise Neck, and Stiles Island, would be helpful.Also,you might include this map in reprints.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Parkers batting average

    Another 5 star winner from Parker. I have read all of his books and have never been dissapointed. The Parker phraseology is always the same and that make's it more fun for me. I truly regard him as my favorite author ... Looking forward to his next work....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Parker is the BEST!

    Another great book by Robert Parker. Excellent story line, and written so you can picture the events as if they were real life. Consistent characters who have their human flaws, but work through them to solve the crimes. I always enjoy his books and this one is no exception. HIGHLY recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    The best Jesse Stone novel I have read so far. Couldn't put it d

    The best Jesse Stone novel I have read so far. Couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    Jesse Stone rambles on

    When reading Robert Parker you don't expect high literature, whatever that may be. But you know what you get : fast-paced, written like an oncoming train, recognizable characters and a plot that is not so hard to unravel, but still a 'good' read. Enjoyable.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    Really a 'Novella'.

    The hardcover is big enough that a Parker fan may think a perfect read for a rainy weekend or weekend trip. The story is a great addition to "the Crow Saga" and has the usual twists and dark room persona's and is a book you might not put down until it's done.
    That won't take long actually as I was done reading this book not long after I first opened it. A great read while sitting out on a bench taking a break or on a plane trip, but bring an extra sometthing to read if the flight is more than 2 hours.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

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    Will hook you on series

    Anyone familiar with crime stories is no doubt familiar with Robert B. Parker and his hugely successful books including the Spenser and Jesse Stone series. Stranger in Paradise is an entry from the Jesse Stone series that demonstrates why many consider Parker to be a master of the genre.

    Jesse Stone, once a Los Angeles cop, drunk and now police chief in the quiet Massachusetts town of Paradise, is dismayed when Wilson Crowmartie, an Apache hit man, walks into his office. The last time "Crow" was in Paradise was ten years ago when he was part of a group that kidnapped and killed people at the nearby Stiles Island. Crow managed to escape with a hefty ten million dollar booty.

    Stone is naturally concerned, but this time, Crow wants his help. He has been hired to find a fourteen-year-old girl, Amber and simply wants Stone to stay out of his way. But when Amber's father wants the girl's mother killed, Crow asks for Stone's help. It seems the heartless hit man "doesn't kill women." The two work together, never trusting each other, to save the girl, free her from the clutches of a ruthless gang member, while also dealing with the girl's mobster father and his thugs.

    Parker's easy writing style, where most of the text is conversation, quickly draws the reader into a fast reading crime story. Jesse Stone, Crow and the other characters are well developed and I found myself caring what happened to each. While Crow's animal magnetism, drawing every female into his arms, was a bit of a stretch, the overall story of saving the teen was quick and enthralling. This book has hooked me on the series.

    Quill says: Whether you're a die-hard Jesse Stone/Robert Parker fan, or a newbie to these books, Stranger in Paradise will draw you in.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

    ANOTHER HIT IN THE JESSE STONE SERIES.

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOKS IN THIS SERIES. THEY ARE WRITTREN WITH GREAT HUMOR AND HAVE WONDERFUL CHARACTERS. THE CHARACTERS COME ALIVE AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT ELSE WILL HAPPEN IN THEIR LIVES. JESSE IS A FABULOUS HERO TYPE. HE IS FLAWED BUT IS STRONG. HE IS THE PERSON YOU'D WANT ON YOUR SIDE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND THE ENTIRE SERIES.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Stranger in Paradise...

    The only reason I finished this novel is that I was on a four hour plane ride and had nothing else to do. This book was not well written and was filled with run-ons and a lack of fluidity. Everyone said things, but no one asked, murmured, or showed any inflection in their speech. The cover has nothing to do with the novel. The whole book was filled with rather vulgar innuendo. I don't suggest this book to anyone who wants to read a mystery.
    The book was slightly humerous which was its one redeeming factor, and I enjoyed Jesse's bluntness and Molly's character.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Escapism

    Jesse Stone had been one of my favorites from the beginning. That's about all can say. I always look forward to the next adventure in this series.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    Fun read!!!!

    I like the characters and their relationships with one another. The story is unique and pushes you not to put the book down. Keeps you looking for the next Jesse Stone story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    OOOOh that Jesse Stone

    Another great book in Jesse Stone series. Loved this one just like all of the others. Could not put it down, had to read to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    stranger in paradise

    AS WITH ALL OF THE JESSE STONE NOVLES THIS ONE IS EXCELLENT IN ALL ASPECTS. PLOT, SUSPENSE, CHARACTERS., ROBERT B PARKER IS AMAZING IN HIS ABLITY TO HOLD YOUR ATTENTION.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the Best Jesse Stone novels--Like the returning "bad guy"

    Quick Read - Interesting "returning bad guy"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Paradise for Jesse Stone fans

    Solid suspense involving Florida gangster Louis Francisco, who enlists hitman/'fixer' Wilson Cromartie (from previous Jesse Stone entry 'Trouble In Paradise') to kidnap wayward daughter Amber from his ex-wife Fiona. They're living below the poverty line in Paradise and Amber is entangled with a local gangbanger, who happens to be involved with the same crew that Stone's ex-wife and TV news reporter Jenn is investigating. 'Crow' slipped through Stone's fingers years before after a spectacular and deadly heist on nearby Stiles Island, and now asks him to look the other way while he takes care of business. But when Francisco orders the hitman to kill Fiona, Stone's hand is forced - not only to protect the fourteen year old girl and her mother, but also to prevent Jenn from becoming the latest victim of lethal gang violence. With shades of the quietly menacing Hawke from the Spenser novels, Wilson Cromartie has a welcome return and the taciturn Jesse Stone gets more engaging and complicated with each book. And Parker's lean, staccato prose gives 'Stranger In Paradise' a headlong narrative drive.

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