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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,944 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: James Naughton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jesse Stone Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780739357491
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The body in the trunk was just the beginning.
 
Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable “retirement” with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca’s twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.
 
Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse’s help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects—and with each other.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Westfall | 2/18/2014

    " This is as good a Parker book as I have read. Great interaction between the chief and his staff and of course with Sunny Randal. Easy read, but complex enough to hold your attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Templeton-sims | 1/12/2014

    " I am a big fan of Jesse Stone novels. This one I didn't care for. It was just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this better than the last Spencer. It's got some humor in it and some hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chele | 1/7/2014

    " Fast, light, with a few quick quips to make a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 1/3/2014

    " Good story, I like where Parker was going with Jesse's personal life. Sad to think this was the last book in the series that he wrote. I'm curious to see what Brandman does in Killing The Blues. That's next on the list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/3/2014

    " RIP Robert B. Parker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice Reisman | 12/31/2013

    " It is good, but not wonderful, as his other books are. But in his style of writing about Jessie Stone, Robert Parker will be missed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corny | 12/17/2013

    " Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall together in one novel makes for some interesting dialogue. However, this one lacks the punch of previous ones in the series. The love problems of the two protagonists are getting a little stale. The twins are strange characters who seem hardly believable and Parker left this about 30 pages short of his normal length. I Think this was the last in this series although we will see more Spenser novels posthumously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhd | 12/17/2013

    " Jesse Stone. I think having a solid image of Tom Selleck in the part is what makes these books so enjoyable. I wish there were less drinking/sex, but it's not too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, likeable characters, witty dialogue, but I did feel a little like I was waiting for the story to start, and it never really seemed to, just another episode in the Jesse Stone saga. Still enjoyed it though and sad to think this is the end to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Whelan | 11/25/2013

    " I prefer the movies over the books! This was an okay read, nothing special about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 11/14/2013

    " I'm a big Robert B. Parker fan, but this 9th in his Jesse Stone series is not very good. Try Parker's earlier books before reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Stewart | 11/4/2013

    " No message, no redeeming social value...but a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 11/3/2013

    " I love Jesse Stone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Cook | 11/3/2013

    " I have heard of Robert Parker for years but this was my first read by him. The writing is good for a quick read, interesting characters. Not sure i will read anymore of his works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 7/22/2013

    " Very light, cute read. Not much to the story, but characters are interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/4/2013

    " As someone who has read many of the Jesse stone novels I do have to say it wasn't one of the best by Parker but in the end I don't believe any of his books are bad. The idea of sex is a lot more present in the book but that's the life of Jesse stone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 4/6/2013

    " A good quick read. The story was very much like the TV movies with the character Jessie Stone and its short-clipped sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grey853 | 11/29/2012

    " Excellent finale for a great series. Parker will be missed, but I'm glad that he ended the series on a high note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 11/7/2012

    " Sad to think this is the last new Robert B. Parker book. I'll miss reading his books with their clever dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 8/27/2012

    " I have come to enjoy the banter of Jesse Stone and all the other Parker characters. It is like visiting old friends. You always leave with a smile on your face and longing to see them again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane C. | 7/19/2012

    " Alot going on in Paradise.......two mobsters married to twin sisters, a runaway daughter joining a cult and Jesse starting a romance with a very cool, interesting woman, as well as finding new insights in therapy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Dee | 5/29/2012

    " So sad that Robert Parker passed on. This book gave a satisfying ending to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 4/24/2012

    " Another good Jesse Stone novel. These are always fun. It is hard to read the Jesse Stone novels without picturing Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone, but then again, why wouldn't you want to picture Tom Selleck? You can't go too far wrong with Robert B. Parker. Sorry to hear that he passed away in January., "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan | 5/15/2011

    " Big disappointment. I like the Jesse Stone books, but this one wasn't worth finishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 5/8/2011

    " A solid addition to the Jesse Stone series, if not the best. What I appreciate most is that if it has to be Robert B. Parker's last Jesse Stone book, at least the series ends with a glimmer of hope for our hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michigankim | 4/5/2011

    " This was my first time to read a Robert Parker book, and I really enjoyed his style of writing dialogue. Very upbeat and witty. And a good mystery too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muld00n | 3/29/2011

    " A typical Jesse Stone book, but not as good a previous one. Would probably make a good made-for-tv movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/22/2011

    " Not Parker's best entry in the Jesse Stone series, but an entertaining and quick read. Sunny Randall plays a big part in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 3/21/2011

    " Language! This is a Jesse Stone story. I loved the TV series and decided to read the books the shows were based on. They are a lot gritter than the TV series. Evil can come in any form even beautiful twin sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 3/17/2011

    " good read,, this is not a four star but it is a three... good characters quite chatty and the unravelling of mystery quite interesting... this is all in all a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 3/4/2011

    " A classic thriller revisited with tough guys, femmes fatale, hard boiled detectives, sharp witty comments, ... and political correctness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/4/2011

    " The usual, short, quick read, but pleasant one. Still not crazy about the Sunny/Jessie connection, but the rest of the story was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 3/3/2011

    " Another audio book. It is just the right length for a trip to St. George. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 2/28/2011

    " luv luv robert parker.... and again he didnt disappoint..
    i NEED another author who writes like he does!!!
    AND i loved this book paired jesse and sunny... im' so going to miss this story line! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/27/2011

    " No message, no redeeming social value...but a fun read. "

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker (1932–2010), long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, was the New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser mysteries, as well as the Jesse Stone novels. He was named Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen. He has more than fifty books to his credit.

About the Narrator

James Naughton is an actor and director. He first came to prominence in the television series adaptation of the Planet of the Apes movie series of the same name. Since then, he has starred in dozens television shows and appeared in numerous Broadway plays. He is a two-time Tony Award winner, one for his performance as Sam Spade in City of Angels and the other portraying Billy Flynn in the 1997 revival of Chicago.