Summary

Chief of Police Jesse Stone returns to investigate the murder of a troubled teenager in a seemingly bucolic New England town. The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot with his teammates, drinking beer, swapping stories of double plays and beautiful women in the late-summer twilight. But then a frightened voice calls out to him from the edge of a nearby lake. There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them, facedown, was something that used to be a girl.
The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.
©2001 Robert B. Parker (P)2001 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved
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"A page-turner...one of the master's best." ( The Washington Post Book World)
"Prose whose impeccability speaks of decades of careful writing." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By JB on 06-10-17

Awful Narration ..... Avoid!

The story is ok, though it's the usual Jesses sleeps with any woman with a pulse. The worst thing about it is the narration.

Robert Forster reads this with such contempt and monotone that it really ruins the story.

Do yourself a favour, read the book instead. Waste of a credit. Not Audibles fault, just Forster is as appalling a narrator as David Dukes.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Babs on 06-07-06

Good mystery, too much empty angst

Jesse Stone, police chief of Paradise, Mass., is an appealing character -- think Spenser without the ever-annoying Susan and Hawk -- and his crimesolving is compelling. But enough of Jesse's endless discussions with his on-again, off-again ex-wife and his overblown "to drink or not to drink" soliloquies. You get the point after the first round, and could easily fast forward through all the rest without missing anything vital. Reader has the right style but mispronounces several words -- where is Joe Mantegna when we need him?

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jas on 10-04-06

Great listen.

Heard just about all the Spenser books so decided to give a listen to Parker's new hero - Jessie Stone. Turned out to be a great choice. Stone has all of Spenser's knowhow but is a lot more flawed - and more human. Very easy to identify with. The mystery was also excellent and had me guessing to the end.

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