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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Richard Masur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jesse Stone Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751857
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Robert B. Parker and his legendary Spenser series have long been considered the ne plus ultra of detective fiction.  But the critics' praise for Jesse Stone's debut in Night Passage proved there was room for addition to the Parker literary canon.  "A novel as fresh as it is bold...Parker's sentences flow with as much wit, grace and assurance as ever, and Stone is a complex and consistently interesting new protagonist.  His speedy return will be welcome." (Newsday)

Stiles Island is a wealthy and exclusive enclave separated by a bridge from the Massachusetts coast town of Paradise.  James Macklin sees Stiles Island as the ultimate investment opportunity: all he needs to do is invade the island, blow the bridge, and loot the island.  To realize his investment, Macklin, along with his devoted girlfriend, Faye, assembles a crew of fellow ex-cons--all experts in their fields--including Wilson Cromartie, a fearsome Apache.  James Macklin is a bad man--a very bad man.  And Wilson Cromartie, known as Crow, is even worse.  

As Macklin plans his crime, Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone has his hands full.  He faces romantic entanglements in triplicate: his ex-wife, Jenn, is in the Paradise jail for assault, he's begun a new relationship with a Stiles Island realtor named Marcy Campbell, and he's still sorting out his feelings for attorney Abby Taylor.  When Macklin's attack on Stiles Island is set in motion, both Marcy and Abby are put in jeopardy.  As the casualties mount, it's up to Jesse to keep both women from harm.   Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fara | 2/17/2014

    " I'm truly enjoying this series - Jesse is just different enough from Spenser to be - well, different, but just enough alike for them to be cut from the same mold. The Jesse Stone books are more a group story, also, his secondary characters integral to the plots and stories in ways that only Susan and sometimes Hawk is to the Spenser books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/12/2014

    " Much better than the first in the series and the point of view shifts are an enjoyable twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William C. | 2/5/2014

    " This is the first book in this series and the lead in this book was played by Tom Selleck. I could not help but compare the Edmund Spenser character and his new character Jesse Stone, both are very strong characters and could have easily switched places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/3/2014

    " This is Parker's take on the Dashiell Hammett short story, "The Gutting of Couffignal", and I enjoyed it a lot. Not quite up there with Hammett's original or the best of the Spenser novels, but fast-paced and very entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raymond Spitzer | 1/23/2014

    " Too much objectinal material. Didn't finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/22/2014

    " i love mysteries, and particularlt like robert parker's work. his main guys (stone, spenser) are great characters with win and panache. of course, spenser lives in boston so i love reading about my home town. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Martin | 1/20/2014

    " I learned that, while genre fiction might follow a set story arc, there are some genre-fiction authors, including Robert B. Parker, who do have a way with language. There are some nicely described scenes and well developed characters in here, while the story is in every way predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 1/17/2014

    " Love the Jesse Stone series. Parker was easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Newsom | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoy all of the 'Jesse Stone' stories. He seems like the kind of person I would enjoy spending time with. And he likes dogs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shae Johnnson | 1/4/2014

    " Great on audio book! Love Parker's subtle humor and absolutely love Jesse Stone' character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/2/2014

    " Rober Parker has written several series. This is the second in the Jesse Stone series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yeva | 12/25/2013

    " I would have loved this book if not for Jenn. I can't stand her character, and I so wanted her to go jump in the ocean, but... that is what's so great about Robert B. Parker's books. What??? That I hate Jenn? Naw. It's that he is able to make me hate her. Whoa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 12/24/2013

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Jesse Stone; "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 12/12/2013

    " Jesse Stone never disappoints the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/12/2013

    " Good. Not quite as good as his first Jesse Stone, but pretty good anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 12/6/2013

    " classic parker "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 colleen | 11/24/2013

    " read 08.30.07 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsie | 11/14/2013

    " Jesse Stone gets most of the bad guys and all of the local women in his usual calm, unflappable manner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 10/31/2013

    " Jesse Stone is a very confused [about his personal life] cop with a screwball [and not very likable] ex wife. However, I enjoy the books. They entertain and are easy reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 10/24/2013

    " After reading this I'm beginning to lose my faith in Parker. It wasn't really bad, but it lacked the intangible quality I liked so much in the first few books of his I read. Very straight forward, plan a robbery, carry it out, get killed/caught/get away. I hope the next one is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/25/2013

    " I picked this up after having watched 3 Jesse Stone movies on Netflix. This was a decent book and loved picturing Tom Selleck as the main character. Another great quick read mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie | 5/1/2013

    " This book was a little slow and had a very 'lazy' feel to it. Maybe it's the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Bradley | 1/26/2013

    " A good Jesse Stone mystery. Parker's Stone and Spencer novels are always entertaining reads. "

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

    " just like bon bons. takes about less than a day to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 8/11/2012

    " Not quite as much intrigue as the first in the series and Jesse sleeping with every woman he met was lame. The crime was cool the way it was planned. Hoping that the next of the series is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Letalien Costa | 4/26/2012

    " I liked that the robbers were thinking big by robbing the whole Island not just one store or one bank. I also like that one of em got away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/8/2011

    " I am a big Robert Parker fan and love Jesse Stone and Spenser. This is an easy read and a pretty good story. If you are a mystery fan -- you should read Parker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/21/2011

    " Trouble in Paradise (Jesse Stone Novels (Hardcover)) by Robert B. Parker (1998) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 5/25/2011

    " A great escape and a nice easy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Scribner | 4/23/2011

    " robert parker was a great writer of dialog. I have probably read 15 of his books. Adult themes, swearing, and great plots. Quick, snappy reads. this book is like a cool dude group saves a small town from bad guys. formulaic but fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raymond | 4/6/2011

    " Too much objectinal material. Didn't finish. "

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

    " Another good one, I think they made a movie out of it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 11/4/2010

    " I'm loving Jesse Stone nearly as much as I love Spenser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/28/2010

    "
    This is Parker's take on the Dashiell Hammett short story, "The Gutting of Couffignal", and I enjoyed it a lot. Not quite up there with Hammett's original or the best of the Spenser novels, but fast-paced and very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 6/1/2010

    " This book by Parker is another Jesse Stone and is an excellent read. It kept my attention throughout. He manages to write so reading is easy and enjoyable.


    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsie | 5/11/2010

    " Jesse Stone gets most of the bad guys and all of the local women in his usual calm, unflappable manner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 4/26/2010

    " I'm sorry, Jesse Stone, you're no Spencer. My mind also reads "Jesse" as "Jessie", so I'm always thinking the main character is female. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/15/2010

    " I read most of the Jessie Stone novels while I was home healing a broken leg. Lots of fun and entertaing. Just cut out the psyco - babble.
    I saw the Tom Selyk made for TV movies, and found them depressing, compared to the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 3/23/2010

    " I really like Robert Parker as an author. I have loved the Spenser books and now will read through the Jesse Stone series. I was sorry to see that Robert Parker died this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick | 2/11/2010

    " Probably my favorite of the Jesse Stone series. I wish Tom Selleck would make a movie out of this one. "

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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.