Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7)

Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7)

by Robert B. Parker

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An Apache hit man arrives in Paradise to find a missing girl and snuff out her mother. But his conscience is getting the best of him. If he doesn’t make the hit, he’ll pay for it. So might Jesse Stone, who’s been enlisted to protect them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425226285
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Series: Jesse Stone Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 131,305
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone Series #7) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such an exciting thriller. I especially liked the real life imperfections of the characters. It read like a true life story. I love Parker's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In future Jesse Stone novels, a map of Paradise, especially of the harbor, Paradise Neck, and Stiles Island, would be helpful.Also,you might include this map in reprints.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another 5 star winner from Parker. I have read all of his books and have never been dissapointed. The Parker phraseology is always the same and that make's it more fun for me. I truly regard him as my favorite author ... Looking forward to his next work....
jmars12 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Robert Parker. Excellent story line, and written so you can picture the events as if they were real life. Consistent characters who have their human flaws, but work through them to solve the crimes. I always enjoy his books and this one is no exception. HIGHLY recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best Jesse Stone novel I have read so far. Couldn't put it down!
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 in 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.
Desert-Square More than 1 year ago
A shallow take on how lawmen and outlaws are connected, and sometimes, mutually supportive.
piratejon More than 1 year ago
I have been a Parker fan since the first Spenser novel and have tried to read everything. Jesse and Sunny have been welcome additions to the canon and I have tried to give the benefit of a doubt when the plots got tired. In this novel Crow is a pale imitation of Hawk who is an enduring character while Crow flies by night. Without giving any plot away, Maggie completely blows it for me and I will not read another of these books. Suit is bad enough but he at least has some guilt and humility. Sorry Parker but you lose this round.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Apache hit man Wilson 'Crow' Cromartie brazenly walks into the office of Paradise, Massachusetts Chief of Police Jesse Stone to ask the cop to make his latest consulting job easier. Jesse reminds Crow that a decade ago, he was part of a gang that executed a deadly heist on nearby affluent Stiles Island. Crow says he had nothing to do with the homicides as he was forced to flee on a speedboat from a dangerous shootout, which Jesse reminds him led to the death of two police officers. --- Louis Francisco, reputed crime boss of South Florida, hired Crow because he knows the Paradise coast and has a reputation for success. He wants Crow to find his daughter and report back to his client for further instruction. Jesse says he will discuss an arrest with the ADA. After Crow leaves Jesse tells his staff that Crow freed the female hostages because he does not kill women, but when it comes to men, he is STONE COLD. --- Crow informs Louis he found Amber living in poverty with her mother Fiona. Louis orders Crow to kill Fiona and bring Amber to him. Since he does not murder women, Crow brazenly tells Jesse to protect Fiona. The question for Jesse is whether Crow will abduct Amber to take her south complicating matters is his ex wife TV reporter Jenn is involved as she investigates local teen gang activity. --- Crow steals the show with his odd but fascinating morality that enables him to double cross clients as he did ten years ago, kill men in cold blood, steal from the dead, and not harm a woman. Jess is at his best when he reluctantly collaborates with Crow he is at his worst when he begins to reconcile with Jenn ignoring her sexual betrayals to further her career that turned him into an alcoholic, which in turn cost him his LAPD job. Time lines since LA and the Stiles Island caper aside, this is a solid thriller, but Robert B. Parker needs one more DEATH IN PARADISE so that Jess can stop obsessing over Jenn. --- Harriet Klausner
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audryh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun quick read. Typical Parker. Short sentences, short paragraphs, short chapters. Jesse Stone adventure with Crow, the killer who likes women. Together they save a 14 punk girl.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really the laid-back character of Jesse Stone. Jesse teams up with Apache Indian hitman to rid Paradise of the Miami gangster who has come to kidnap his daughter and kill her mother. Fast, easy read
milibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jesse Stone is protecting Paradise again, this time with the help of a known felon called Crow. Crow has been hired to kill a Florida criminal's wife and return his 14 year old daughter to him, but Crow wants to protect the women once he finds them. In the meantime, the daughter (Amber) has become involved with a known gang member. An elaborate plot is set up to catch the "bad guys". Subplots involve a school for poor Latino children and Stone's relationship with his ex-wife.
ABVR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This latest addition to Parker's "Jesse Stone" series (concerning the police chief of fictional Paradise, MA) deploys elements that readers of the "Spenser" series will find familiar. There's a troubled teenager who needs not only rescuing but mentoring (and who could be Paul Giacomin or April Kyle), a taciturn gunman who lives by his own inflexible code (who could be Hawk or Vinnie Morris or Chollo), and a complex trap set for the bad guys (which could be the climax of any number of Spenser stories. It's hardly a stretch for Parker, but it's a welcome change of pace for the series . . . in part because it pushes the semi-functional relationship of Jesse and his ex-wife Jenn firmly into subplot status (where, by now, it belongs). There are other welcome departures here, too. Molly Crane and Suitcase Simpson, two of Jesse's cops, get some welcome attention and character development. Jesse functions (plausibly) more as a police chief and less as a detective than he has in other installments. Above all, Parker takes almost indecent delight in a scene where Jesse and Molly meet with a citizen's group concerned about their property values.Overall, a solid entry in the series, and well worth your attention if you're a Parker fan.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strangers in Paradise trills along, with well-explored characters and situations. It seems like it should be implausible that a police chief would engage in the kinds of completely illegal shenanigans that Spenser is always plotting, but Parker doesn't let that bother him.
ckNikka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our hero returns with the same great cast of reoccuring characters. What is not to like about Robert Parker? This is fun stuff for the long winter or the beach in summer. I also enjoy the video adaptions that happen on HBO... "Crow came into Jess's office and sat down. "Things happening in town," he said. "All of them since you arrived," Jesse said. Think of me as a catalyst for change," Crow said. "Or the Grim Reaper," Jesse said. Crow Smiled. You're not living in your house, "Jesse said. "Apache warriors can live off the land,' Crow said. "What do you do for food?" Jesse said. "Room Service"," Crow Said. "Hardscrabble," Jesse said. Crow nodded.
RachelfromSarasota on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled when I found this book on the ¿New Books¿ shelf of my branch library. I couldn¿t wait to get home and dive into the latest adventure of Jesse Stone, alcoholic chief of police in the ill-named Paradise, Massachusetts. But to my dismay, the book was awful. I¿m a proud long-time fan of Parker¿s, and I¿m used to his recycling his Spenser series¿ plots in his newer Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone books. Since he always adds a slightly new perspective when he does this, it¿s never bothered me. I truly love his exploration of Spenser¿s feminine alter ego, Sunny, for the female perspective on what is traditionally a masculine job. (Unlike Kinsey Milhone, in Sue Grafton¿s great alphabet series, Sunny is unabashedly feminine ¿ concerned about her hair, her make-up, and even her shoes!) But in Stranger in Paradise, for the first time, Parker¿s work seems tired and out-of-touch. Parker recycled the plot device of an earlier Spenser series work (Early Autumn) in one of his Sunny Randall thrillers (Melancholy Baby) ¿ a badly parented adolescent who needs both rescuing and nurturing. In both of those books the device worked well. He trots out that device for a third time in this Jesse Stone novel, and third time is definitely not the charm in this attempt. The book¿s characters, even the well-established ones like Jesse, and Jennifer (his somewhat ex-wife) and Molly Crane (great cop, great mother, devoted wife and Stone¿s right-hand woman), seem cursorily presented, and the engaging and thoughtful dialogue that usually is characteristic of Parker¿s work is totally absent. No one who¿s gotten to know and love Parker¿s characters as I have can be less than shocked at what he has two of them do in this book ¿ with little explanation and little follow-up. I¿m extrapolating here, but long-time fans of Parker¿s know that his own marriage hit a rocky patch a while back, and I can¿t but suspect that he¿s excusing his own behavior here through the action of one of his characters. But it just doesn¿t work, most especially since that action (adultery) is so out of character for that particular literary creation. All in all, this book was an enormous disappointment.
MarthaHuntley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Usual good Robert B. Parker read, this one revolves around Crow, and seems to merge a number of Parker's earlier plots. Fast moving and fun, with the usual satisfying ending. Jesse and Jenn seem to be getting together again, with a little help from the shrink Dix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More more more Jesse stone novels.
LOBOPA More than 1 year ago
Police Chief Jesse Stone and his police officers are watching a newcomer to their upscale community. Cromartie alias Crow is a renegade gun for hire Apache who is searching for a woman and teen ager called Amber alias Alice! Latinos gangs from a neighboring community are acquaintances of Alice. The police can not decide what Crow is doing in their community. As they watch Crow, he is watching Alice and her mother. This detective novel flows from one chapter to thw next. This is a good novel for the summer.
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