Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

Book - 1998
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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 an 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 up 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.Filled with "light, shade, texture, and complexity" (The Boston Globe), Trouble in Paradise is the work of a master.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1998.
ISBN: 9780399144332
0399144331
9780515126495
0515126497
Characteristics: 324 p. ;,24 cm.

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peggy_15
Aug 15, 2017

I've read 3 Jesse Stone novels. Actually I'm in the middle of reading the 3rd now. I thought I'd found a new favorite author. Especially love the dialogue. But...........I am already so sick of the endless interplay between Jesse and his ex-wife. OMG. They discuss their relationship and sex lives. And their love for each other. He professes his love for his ex-wife to whomever happens to be his current lover. On an on and on. After a while (3 books) it just becomes sick, sick and unbelievable, sick, sick, boring, repetitive, sick, sick kill her off, please.

Dreamstime's comment said what I said only he/she said it better. Love" his cohones-breaking ex-wife who is always willingly nibbling at the border of his life. "

Saw one of the movies too. Quite liked it. Liked Tom Selleck. And I've never been a Tom Selleck fan. He is too old for the character in the book but that needn't affect the role he played in the movie.

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Dreamstime
Dec 02, 2016

A great well-written story and then... I found the end a terrible conclusion. No spoilers so I won't go into detail. I think I've had it with Jesse Stone, the promiscuous sheriff with a strange relationship with a former wife. The story is really not about the bad and good guys, but a soap opera of llama drama between an adult teenager and his cohones-breaking ex-wife who is always willingly nibbling at the border of his life. The end of the book did not redeem enduring this nagging drama.

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Carmine1
Jul 28, 2012

Another great read by Robert B. Parker! You can never go wrong with a Jesse Stone novel. Fast paced and keeps you guessing how he's going to stop the criminals right to the end!

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RichardPaul
May 04, 2012

Trouble in Paradise ---- by Robert B. Parker c - 1998 (A Jesse Stone Novel) ---- This 'Jesse Stone Novel', is a very good read! I wanted to read the story w/out a break, not a reality. ---- Dang it! I've got to live my busy life as well. Everyone should enjoy this tale. ---- Enjoy! ---- (finished 6-23-12) RichardPaul

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SportyReader
Oct 20, 2010

I give it a higher rating than it should really deserve only because the story is engaging enough to distract the reader from Jesse Stone's unlikeable character and one word/sentence dialogues. His attempt to convince himself that he's not an alcoholic is laughable.

Definitely read it for the story not for the characters.

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RichardPaul
Jun 23, 2012

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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