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High Profile | [Robert B. Parker]

High Profile

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.
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Publisher's 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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Horace Prescott, AZ, USA 02-23-07
    Horace Prescott, AZ, USA 02-23-07 Member Since 2004
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Babs Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-18-07
    Babs Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-18-07 Member Since 2004

    the Gadget Queen

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    "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?

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Alexandria, VA, USA 02-01-09
    Maureen Alexandria, VA, USA 02-01-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible."

    The plot was ok, but the book was not designed for listening. The author over-relied on the phrases "He said.." or "she said." If I heard the word "said" one more time I was going to scream. After 15 minutes, it was like fingernails on a blackboard, I couldn't take it anymore!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Cheyenne, WY, United States 11-10-08
    Stacey Cheyenne, WY, United States 11-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Please listen to a preview..."

    before you spend your money. I love Parker, but the reading of this book almost made me rethink my Audible subscription. I did finally get through it and the story was good, if not just a bit "mushy" for my taste. I was really annoyed by all of the monotone "Jesse said"'s and will not be listening to this book again at any time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry McLean, VA USA 07-15-07
    Larry McLean, VA USA 07-15-07 Member Since 2005

    Larry

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    "Better to hit your head against the wall"

    The gratingly large number of "he said" is impressive and oppressive. Like hitting your head against a wall; it felt really good to turn the book off and return to blissful silence. In written form, your eyes might just scan over the endless, mantra-like repetition, but hearing it was painful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy New Market, MD, USA 07-02-07
    Jeremy New Market, MD, USA 07-02-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Jesse said"

    This was one of the rare books I stopped listening to. Every line of speech ended with 'Jessie said' or 'Molly said'. The narrator only made it more obvious. They never replied, answered, or exclaimed, only 'said'. So distracting I couldn't pay attention to the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Hurst, TX, United States 02-25-07
    William Hurst, TX, United States 02-25-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Mediocre Writing"

    This is a mildly entertaining mystery, but the writing is not well-crafted. The dialogue is unnatural and there are erroneous and contradictory details. Enjoyable, but not in the same class as Michael Connelly or Jeffrey Deaver.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert North Bay, ON, Canada 06-29-07
    Robert North Bay, ON, Canada 06-29-07
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    "high Profile"

    Mr. Parker did an excellant job blending this book with his past books. I like the all 3 of his Boston Area detectives. keep up the good work

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Shelby Twp, MI, USA 04-09-07
    Jeff Shelby Twp, MI, USA 04-09-07
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    "Action packed"

    Parker does it again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Edwards Adelaide, SA, Australia 04-05-07
    Ron Edwards Adelaide, SA, Australia 04-05-07 Member Since 2003
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    "as always"

    another good read. Don't even look at the synopsis any more, just buy them, their's never a bad one from this guy!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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