Split Image (Jesse Stone Series #9)

Split Image (Jesse Stone Series #9)

by Robert B. Parker
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Split Image (Jesse Stone Series #9) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 209 reviews.
herbarmstrong More than 1 year ago
Jesse Stone is back! This time he's dealing with two mob-connected corpses, two over-sexed mob wives, two self-absorbed parents whose daughter has taken up with a cult, and a Polish father out to avenge his son's death. Sunny Randall comes to town to help him along and, in the meantime, they help each other start to put their exes behind them. The dialog is typical Parker - the kind of quick returns that we all wish we could think of when we need them. Jesse is still dealing with his internal struggle to drink or not to drink, and he turns to conversations with the photo of his hero Ozzie Smith to try to sort it all out. The plot is a bit convoluted, the characters are complex, and the small-town police in Paradise are still able to rise to the occasion of big-city crime - all the elements that make the Jesse Stone series so much fun to read. As they work together to keep lids on their lives and the town, Jesse and Sonny grow closer and at the end of this installment they seem headed to greater things; maybe even a relationship like Spencer and Dr. Silverman (who makes an appearance here, too) have. But alas, we'll never know. Sadly, this is probably the final chapter in Jesse Stone's story, since Parker passed away January 18th. His pithy, delightful style will be greatly missed, and Jesse and Sunny will remain in limbo. But Parkers' fans will re-read the Spenser, Stone, Randall, and western series for years to come. Thanks, Parker!
jfk1942 More than 1 year ago
As usual Parker wrote an entertaining book. His characters are flawed enough that they are believable and you want to come back time and time again. If you like Spenser you will like Stone. Sadly with Parker passing we will be miss all the friends he gave us. But like other great writers his books will be around forever. And we will never forget him. I hope he has a few books in the ;pipeline.
mailgal More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these books of Jesse Stone. I also watch all the movies. If you like to get to know the people in the books, contuine reading them all.
Eddieboy More than 1 year ago
Great Reading and I highly recommend.
Avid4books More than 1 year ago
Sadly there won't be anymore Jesse Stone novels due to the passing of Robert B. Parker, but he left us a good one. Jesse's life path isn't completely resolved, but he's come a long way since book one, and is headed in a good direction. The body of a mob tough guy is found stuffed in the trunk of his car. Jesse investigates the man's relationship to two local "ex" mob figures who live next door to each other, and are married to identical twins. The "split image" of the title refers to the woman, and they play an important part in this story. Meanwhile, another Parker character with her own series, Sunny Randall, is in town looking for a runaway girl at a commune. She and Jesse work together briefly, and then get together. Working with their respective therapists, they discover they each have traits similar to those of their victims. An interesting twist. As always, Parker's characters are strongly written as people one can identify with. This is very good story, the psychological profiles are excellent, and Jesse resolves his issues with his ex-wife and seems able to move on.
KristallinHeart More than 1 year ago
Really like this character. The writing style keeps me engaged and I can't put the books down.
Lucie More than 1 year ago
Competes with James Patterson for easy reading, a great story and likable characters.
NICUTracy More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of his books. This has two of his best detectives.
roseyTX More than 1 year ago
Typical quik wit and moving plot. Jesse Stone is one of his better, indepth characters. Twists with humor. Too bad there won't be anymore from him.
SamSanAntonio More than 1 year ago
Parker delivered his usual good story line. His prose is lean and direct and yet paints an effective picture. Jesse Stone is a flawed but effective chief of police in the small town of Paradise - a model of independence and character. In this story he helps a young woman make a clean break with her parents. This story further blends Stone's character with that of Sonny Randall, a female detective from another Parker series. In the continuing story of his life Stone is getting past his connection with his former wife, and may be developing a real relationship with another woman. Parkers death is a real loss, and I hope that there were one or two more stories at his publisher's.
SpiritMAO More than 1 year ago
Parker is always a fast and good read. The dialogue is the backbone of his books and is never more so than in this one.
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 into 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.
CathyNC More than 1 year ago
All three of us enjoy listening to Jesse Stone on audio: but we enjoy most of Parker's work. Jesse is a police chief we would be glad to have in our town: he is human, dedicated to doing his job well, and we cheer his efforts to that end. We will miss Robert Parker and all of the characters he has created because we have purchased most of his adult series books over the years, and sampled one or two of his children's books.
Betsybov More than 1 year ago
If you like the Jesse Stone series, you will like this book. Now that most of the series has been made into movies I always picture the book characters as they appeared in the films. It's a one day read that leaves you feeling good.
JamBLang More than 1 year ago
I luv Jesse Stone mysteries because I can see Tom Selleck everytime I come to a part w/ Jesse & I luv how Tom plays Jesse. Haven't read any other of Parker's writing but I do--everytime he puts out a Jesse Stone novel...JBL
FranTX More than 1 year ago
As always the Jesse Stone books are so good and I'm glad that he finally got together with Sunny Randall . . . for always?? Who knows, because the author, Robert Parker, has passed away. This one was "Touching" because I knew that it would be the last. I have all of the Jesse Stone books and some of Sunny Randall. I will read them again and again.
dazam1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as I do all Robert Parker books. His death was a loss to the publishing world.
neclem1935 More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters better than the book. Overall, the book was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saddens me to know this is the end. Have read every Robert Parker book. A great writer taken from us too quickly. He will be missed
GorMac More than 1 year ago
How appropriate it is that Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone experiences, perhaps, his long awaited psychological and emotional break through in SPLIT IMAGE, the last novel penned before Mr. Parker's unexpected death. If we are to be denied any more novels about Jesse, Jen, Molly, Suit and the ever revolving cast of marvelous characters who populate and wander in and out of coastal town of Paradise, MA at least their creator, Robert B. Parker, has left them under the caring and watchful eye of an apparently improved Chief of Police Jesse Stone. In SPLIT IMAGE Parker does more than hint at Chief Stone 's finally accepting his part in the dysfunctional co-dependent relationship between he and his ex-wife, Jen. Parkers seems to provide Jesse without not only a way out of his downward alcoholic spiral, but fortifies him with a chance at romance and commitment in the person of Boston PI Sunny Randall, past lover, and a woman who has exemplifies the fact that in our pain "we are not alone." In Alcoholics Anonymous it is predicted that "more shall be revealed." In Paradise the same holds true, except, alas, it appears we will not be there as witnesses. Good night, Robert B. Parker. Thank you.
rubyrugby More than 1 year ago
Quick wit.Fast moving plot.Brilliant word smitthing
MommaInc More than 1 year ago
After reading all the reviews, I was surprised no one mentioned that Robert Parker passed away recently. The weakness of this book may have had something to do with the fact that it may have been completed by another author. I have always loved a Robert Parker novel. He makes me laugh out loud...he's cynical, humorous and self-deprecating. I will miss Spencer and Susan and Hawk. I have enjoyed Jesse and Sunny but their characters were never as real to me as Spencer's crew. Bad reviews and all, I'll probably still purchase this novel just to read the final chapter in a Robert Parker novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable
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