Summary

When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body, that of a young woman, is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable. Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. But what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care: not a single one of Weeks' ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens. Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon comes to realize that knowing whom to trust is indeed a matter of life and death.
©2007 Robert B. Parker (P)2007 Random House Inc.
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"This is Parker's most complex, ambitious novel in years....Great reading from an old hand who hasn't lost his touch." ( Booklist)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Dawn on 20-11-17

Awful on Audio

I normally enjoy listening to Parker's books on audio but I can't listen to this because of the narrator constantly repeating 'he said', 'Jesse said', ' she said' after every few words. Its very distracting and makes the book impossible to listen to. I've wasted my money buying this.

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5 out of 5 stars
By hwhhwh1 on 23-02-07

Best Parker in a while

I'm a big Parker fan and this is his best in quite a while. I've rated recent books from 3-4 but this one I give a 5. There are two interesting plots woven into this book. Also, Jesse Stone has apparently overcome one addiction only to succumb to a worse one. And in keeping with Parker's recent trend, action is given the back bench to detection, character development, and dialog.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Babs on 18-02-07

When the heroes are weaker than the criminals

I was initially drawn to this series and its characters, especially because the Spenser novels have become so trite and formulaic. The murder investigation in this book is reasonably interesting -- so many suspects with so many motives -- but the central characters are just getting silly. Jesse's inability to distance himself from his lying, unfaithful, manipulative and narcissistic ex-wife -- who proves herself even more despicable in this novel -- makes it difficult to trust his judgment on anything else. He's also turning into a bit of a bully. And Sunny, the private investigator and Jesse's potential new love interest, is equally in thrall to her ex, who may or may not be a mobster. Don't these people learn from the criminals they investigate? Supporting characters Molly and Suitcase are more fleshed out here, which is fun and welcome. I guess I'm just as bad as Jesse and Sunny, because I'll never give up on Parker, even though his last few books have been so disappointing -- whatever happened to the man who wrote such books as Looking for Rachel Wallace?

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