Death in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #3)

Death in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #3)

by Robert B. Parker
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Death in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #3) by Robert B. Parker

The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot with his teammates, drinking beer, swapping stories of double plays and beautiful women in the late-summer twilight. But then a frightened voice calls out to him from the edge of a nearby lake. There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them, facedown, was something that used to be a girl.

The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned: she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

Filled with magnetic characters and the muscular writing that are Parker's trademarks, Death in Paradise is a storytelling masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399147791
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Series: Jesse Stone Series , #3
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

Robert B. Parker is the author of nearly forty books, including two Jesse Stone novels, Night Passage and Trouble in Paradise.

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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Death in Paradise, Chapter One

One out. A left-handed hitter with an inside-out swing. The ball would slice away from him toward third. Jesse took a step to his right. The next pitch was inside and chest high and the batter yanked it down the first baseline, over the bag and into the right-field corner, had there been a corner, and lumbered into second base without a throw.

"I saw you move into the hole," the batter said to Jesse.

"Foiled again, Paulie."

They played three nights a week under the lights on the west side of town beside a lake, wearing team tee shirts and hats. One umpire. No stealing. No spikes allowed. Officially it was the Paradise Men's Softball League, but Jesse often thought of it as the Boys of Evening. The next batter was right-handed and Jesse knew he pulled everything. He stayed in the hole. On a two-one count the right-handed hitter rammed the ball a step to Jesse's left. One step. Left foot first, right foot turned, glove on the ground. Soft hands. Don't grab at it. Let it come to you. It was all muscle memory. Exact movements, rehearsed since childhood, and deeply visceral, somatically choreographed by the movement of the ball. With the ball hit in front of him, Paulie tried to go to third. In a continuous sequence of motion, Jesse swiped him with his glove as he went by, then threw the runner out at first.

"Never try to advance on a ball hit in front of you," Paulie said as they walked off the field.

"I've heard that," Jesse said.

His shoulder hurt, as it always did when he threw. And he knew, as he always knew, that the throw was not a big-league throw. Before he got hurt, the ball used to hum when he threw it, used to make a little snarly hiss as it went across the infield.

After the game they drank beer in the parking lot. Jesse was careful with the beer. Hanging around in the late twilight after a ball game drinking club soda just didn't work. But booze was too easy for Jesse. It went down too gently, made him feel too integrated. Jesse felt that it wasn't seemly for the police chief to get publicly hammered. So he had learned in the last few years to approach it very carefully.

The talk was of double plays, and games played long ago, and plays at the plate, and sex. Talk of sex and baseball was the best of all possible talk. Jesse sipped a little of the beer. Beer from an ice-filled cooler was the best way for beer to be. From the edge of the lake a voice said, "Jesse, get over here."

The voice was scared. Carrying a can of Lite beer, Jesse walked to the lakeside. Two men were squatting on their heels at the edge of the water. In front of them, floating facedown, was something that used to be a girl.

--From Death in Paradise by Robert B. Parker (c) October 2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam, used by permission.

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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Stone is a deceptively complex character, one whose problems are both interesting and completely believable…another strong effort in what is already an impressive series.” —Library Journal “Beautifully wrought...[an] immensely satisfying tale. Rarely if ever has Parker’s fiction conveyed with solemn intensity the challenge of living a good life in a world of sin. The book’s ultimate pleasure lies in the words, suffused with a tough compassion won only through years of living, presented in prose whose impeccability speaks of decades of careful writing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“What’s so cool about Death in Paradise is watching Jesse Stone’s relentless pursuit of the bad guy.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Hard-hitting...and brutally frank...Parker reinvents, revises and reincarnates the hardball, tough-guy, deadpan mysteries of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Death in Paradise is a tough, clear-eyed, sardonic look at life and the raw deals it can dish out” —The Providence Sunday Journal
“If you love Parker, you’ll love this book. Jesse Stone is clearly in the Parker style” —Calgary Herald
“James Ellroy-style dialogue...Like Jesse Stone’s beer, Parker’s novels can be quaffed with relish.” —The Ottowa Citizen
“[Parker’s] gift for creating engaging characters and involving the reader in their fate makes this...well worth your attention.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune


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Death in Paradise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jesse is still dealing with his emotional issues and his addiction issues. He is lovable, likable and believable. Many different characters are introduced and slowly Jesse puts the pieces together to solve his current case. This book is much more about Jesse and his everyday life than it is necessarily about his job, IMO.
AvidrdrUT More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker comes through with another Jesse Stone hit!! They are an easy read so they are hard to put down once you read the first page and you can't help but get attached to the characters. Whenever there is one of the TV movies made from the series, you can bet I will be watching--perfect casting with Tom Selleck as Jesse. Keep them coming!!
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SamsArt More than 1 year ago
I admire Parker immensely  and have always enjoyed Spenser.   I have a new cast of characters to  enjoy with Jesse Stone and company. The writing is superb, and what makes it all the better is that Stone struggles  with his demons, his insecurities and doubts- except when he's working There he is in his element and nothing escapes his attention.  Great read, and in the case of this book, very topical.
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sayheywc More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining; recommend it a lot
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denibum More than 1 year ago
I've e-mailed customer service about my e-book, "Death in Paradise". Unfortunately, I received another Robert B. Parker book called "Family Honor". I would really like to read Death in Paradise but can't seem to find a way to access it. Every time I download it I get Family Honor. Customer service just told me that they didn't have control over it, that it was the company... Any ideas anyone?
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10-1-13-3 More than 1 year ago
I'd never read several books of the same series, one after the other, in the past. While I have other books to read, I don't seem to be as interested in them as I am in the characters of the Jesse Stone series. I thought I'd tire of them and want a break, but so far they are so strong and different that they keep me hooked. "Death In Paradise" keeps my interest alive. I look forward to the next book in this series.
oldwomanMG More than 1 year ago
Another hit series by Parker. Have not read his stuff since Spenser (which I loved). Will definitely have to collect all of these.