The body in the trunk was just the beginning.
Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.
Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects-and with each other.
©2010 Robert B. Parker (P)2010 Random House
I gave the third star for memory. As I listened, I saw in my mind's eye all of the Parker characters that seemed so real. Split Image was like all of the Parker novels; crime never went unpunished and romance had rules. Read this book for nostalgia, knowing we will never again be charmed by Jessie and Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Healy, Rita, Sunny, even old Suitcase Simpson. I wanted to read for enough years to see Molly the new Chief and Suit, Chief Detective. Farewell Robert Parker, you were one of the best.
Good book - good story. Horrible to listen to. I wish I would have read the reviews to understand that it is nearly impossible to get past the way the book sounds (Jesse said, she said). The dialog is stilted and the story is completely obscured as a result. When you are reading, it is easy to skip over this type of thing but it is impossible to ignore in the audio form. I cannot believe I wasted my money and my time on this book and do not plan to make the mistake again. Robert Parker books will just have to stay on my reading - not listening - list
Everything you want and expect from Jesse Stone and Parker...narrator is a good one, story original. Highly recommended for any Robert B Parker fan.
Formula? Sure. But Parker was a master at the well woven plot and the crisp dialogue that set his stories on a higher plane. Steeped in plausibility and street savvy, these small novels are the bar by which all others in the genre are measured.
Spenser, Hawk, Jesse, see ya!
Mirroring past kills
Recognition of his own image being split - from reality: Written in the "palimpsest". Good writers know how to do it and Parker knocked me hard with this.
Dialogues with this psychologist
Every author should have to listen to their book being read before publishing. I can't imagine how an editor/publisher could have let this book go to press with the "he said", "she said" style. How about "he asked" once in a while? It's like it was written by a 12 year old who had never written conversation before. When two people are having a discussion, it's usually evident who's talking.
It makes me sad to write this, because I can't believe he's gone. Split Image is a double-header featuring both Jesse and Sunny. I'm not crazy about Sunny Randall, but she's less annoying in this book.Moves at a brisk pace, and always holds your interest.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my second book in Parker's Jesse Stone series. The reader was good and the past was fast with the usual tongue in cheek banter that is typical of a Parker book. I still have trouble with his "He said--She said". It get annoying, but the story is so good I over look it.
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