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Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7)

Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7)

3.8 48
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.


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.]

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Jesse Stone Series , #7
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429 KB
Age Range:
18 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
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
jmars12 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best Jesse Stone novel I have read so far. Couldn't put it down!
jcrubicon More than 1 year ago
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.
Desert-Square More than 1 year ago
A shallow take on how lawmen and outlaws are connected, and sometimes, mutually supportive.
piratejon More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
LOBOPA More than 1 year ago
Police Chief Jesse Stone and his police officers are watching a newcomer to their upscale community. Cromartie alias Crow is a renegade gun for hire Apache who is searching for a woman and teen ager called Amber alias Alice! Latinos gangs from a neighboring community are acquaintances of Alice. The police can not decide what Crow is doing in their community. As they watch Crow, he is watching Alice and her mother. This detective novel flows from one chapter to thw next. This is a good novel for the summer.
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Jotie More than 1 year ago
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.