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
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.
I enjoyed Night and Day. But then, i'm a big Parker Fan. Jesse Stone is right up there with Spencer for Parker fans. The story isn't anyhting special but Parker is second to none when it comes to dialog!
I've enjoyed Robert parker books but this book has messed up both the Jesse stone and the Sonny Randall series for me. Mr parker only needs to go back to the last 2 Sonny Randall books to realize that he has messed the plot line in night and day because he wanted to get rid of Jen and bring Sonny Randall back as a love interest. So he merely pretends the last 2 Sonny Randall books don't exist and uses her in the story line while pretending that she and her ex husband are not seeing one another. My question to mr Parker is since Richie was mas married and divorced from his wife during the last 2 Sonny Randall books and he had given it all up for Sonny, have you married him off again? I enjoyed one Sonny Randall and her brief affair with Jesse and her appearance in several other books but I'm soory that I bought this book and probably won't be buying anymore books in the Jesse Stone series until he gets his plot lines straight.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
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.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
Yes. I read many of Robert Parker's Spenser series years ago. I really enjoyed his style of writing and the dialogue. The only thing about the Spenser novels I disliked was the Spenser/Susan relationship. The only thing I dislike about the Jesse Stone novels, you guessed it, the Jesse/Jen relationship. Although this time, it appears that the author agees with me ... finally. I love the supporting characters of these books and how they enrich the storylines. I with there could be more, as I only recently stumbled upon this series.
Some of Parker's earlier Spenser novels. I like the character of Jesse Stone. I think he is Parker at his best. H
This is the first time I listened to James Naughton's performance and I found it enhanced the storyline, although the Bahston accents were a little overdone. I'm a lifelong Bostonian but if you met me, I don't tawk the way they do!
Liked the story, liked the reader. For audio format, should consider omitting the "he said", "she said" tags. In the written format, they are indicators of who is talking. In the audio format, this goal could be achieved by voice inflection of the reader, with less distraction from the story.
I am a fan of the made for TV movies starring Tom Selleck. I've seen three of them. As I listen to these books I see the characters from the movies.
No spoiling here
He does a little New England accenting of the spoken lines
No, but very enjoyable
I have been a devoted fan of the Parkers and it makes me sad to give this book such a bad rating.
The school story line was implausible. Out of touch with reality. The actions of the principal would have drawn instant reprisal from any school board. The book seemed to be thrown together in an attempt to make a quick buck. Strike outs are to be expected and we are waiting until the next book hits the ball out of the park.
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