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When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation.Florence Horvath was an attractive, recently divorced heiress from Florida; she also had a penchant for steamy sex and was an enthusiastic participant in a video depicting the same. Somehow the combination of her past and present got her killed, but no one is talking, not the crew of the Lady Jane, the Fort Lauderdale yacht moored in Paradise Harbor; not her very blond, very tan twin sisters, Corliss and Claudia; and not her curiously affectless parents, living out a sterile retirement in a Miami high rise. But someone, Jesse, has to speak for the dead, even if it puts him in harm's way.
©2006 Robert B. Parker; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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"Parker is dead-on here when it comes to police procedure and plotting, as the seemingly simple case eddies into all kinds of ugly complications, and the story swirls from whodunit into an absorbing whydunit." (Booklist)
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By Jas on 04-23-06

Jessie is the man!

Always loved Robert Parker books - especially his Spenser novels. But, if you can believe it, Jessie Stone, the hero of his latest series is even better - just as gifted an investigator ( although Jessie, unlike Spenser, is still a cop ) but much more flawed - and likeable. He has a drinking problem, a lovelife problem, no Hawk to back him up - but he still manages to solve the case while commenting on the foibles and fantasies of his very mixed-up life and that of those around him. Five stars and I hope for a lot more of Jessie Stone!

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By Bob Patin on 08-06-06

Great book

As with all of Robert Parker's books, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Parker has a mastery for writing convincing dialogue. I didn't have any problem with his use of "he said" or "she said" as other listeners have.

I love Parker's writing; he doesn't pad his books with needless prose, his character development is excellent, and his plots are great. Stone's a well-developed, tragic guy with lots of problems. Reminds me of some people I know.

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By Jen on 08-01-16

steal yourself ...

storyline is harrowing and narrator is good in male roles only, not my fave soz

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