Police chief Jesse Stone has received his share of unusual calls, but none can top the one from the local junior high school. When reports of lewd conduct by the school's principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station, Jesse is faced with a particularly delicate situation. Jesse, of course, would like nothing more than to see the prim, peculiar Ingersoll punished. But Betsy Ingersoll is married to the managing partner of the biggest law firm in the state, and Jay Ingersoll wants the matter buried. And he is used to getting what he wants. At the same time, the women of Paradise are being threatened by a tormented voyeur, dubbed "The Night Hawk," who's been scouring suburban neighborhoods as evening falls. Initially he's content to simply peer through windows, but as pressure builds, he becomes more reckless, entering homes, forcing his victims to strip at gunpoint, then photographing them at their most vulnerable. And according to the notes he's sending, he's not satisfied to stop there. It's up to Jesse to catch the Night Hawk, before it's too late.
©2009 Robert B Parker (P)2009 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Me & My Girls on 13-03-15

Really Liked It

This is one my favorites of the RBP written novels in the series as Jesse continues to evolve from cop only to town leader. Here he has to deal not only with crime but a series of sexual or sexually related situations. First the principal of the middle school does a panty check on a number of the female students in the school; naturally enough enraging the girls parents. A peeper is humiliated by a woman which serves to escalate the seriousness of his disorder. As he spirals out of control Jesse checks out the local swingers group for clues and assistance. The daughter of a couple of members in this group comes to Jesse asking him to make them stop and Jesse and Suit discover an abuser and his abused spouse; a situation Jesse deals with in a unique manner.
With all this going on Jesse reunites with Sunny Randall as he moves further away from his mutually dependent relationship with his ex-wife Jen. Jen has not surprisingly gotten herself mixed up in yet another bad scene as her long term plan to screw her way to the top echelon of show business, or at least the local news goes astray. She comes to Jesse with a story that is more fiction than fact and Jesse, ever the loyal Saint Bernard comes to the rescue; along with Sunny; now there's a situation just made for a Hard R film. As always James Naughton does a masterful job in narrating; becoming the voice of Jesse Stone. An excellent listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-05-09

Fair to Midlin' Parker

Robert B Parker is a master at tight storylines, great characters and perfect dialogue.

This is standard Parker -- exactly what you expect, with a lot of sex driven stuff that makes me think maybe he's working out some issues.

The story is listenable...but like most of Parker's stuff, it's over way too soon -- which I suppose is a good thing.

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