Summary

After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, 35-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse. Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption - replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen, and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero - or the deadest of dupes.
©1998 Robert B. Parker (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 14-03-13

Poor Sound Quality

I am an avid listener and had just enjoyed a Parker book and was so diappointed that I couldn't listen to this because the sound quality was just so poor.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By lynn Davidson on 21-06-17

Not great

This was not the best sound quality, and I felt it was boring to listen to, turned it off after 10 mins

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1 out of 5 stars
By Felicia on 18-03-07

Difficult to follow

The story is slow, but much of that is a necessary result of character development. The narrator's enunciation, delivery, and accents were difficult to understand. His tone and tempo seem inconsistent with the time and place of the book's setting. Listen to the audio sample prior to purchasing.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Phred on 09-07-12

Good book, bad narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Masur?

Richard Masur isn't a bad narrator, but the book sounds like a low-quality mp3 made from a third-generation audiotape duplicate recorded from a shortwave broadcast. Audible should ditch this recording and get something better. And unabridged.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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