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Stranger in Paradise | [Robert B. Parker]

Stranger in Paradise

Apache hitman "Crow" Cromartie's mission is simple: find young Amber Francisco and bring her back to her father, Louis, in Florida. It should be an easy payday for a pro like Crow, but there are complications. Amber, now living in squalor with her mother, Fiona, is mixed up with members of a Latino gang. And when Louis orders Crow to kill Fiona before heading back with Amber, he can't follow through.
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Publisher's Summary

The last time Jesse Stone, chief of police of Paradise, Massachusetts, saw Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, the Apache Indian hit man was racing away in a speedboat after executing one of the most lucrative and deadly heists in the town's history. Crow was part of a team of ex-cons who plotted to capture Stiles Island, the wealthy enclave off the Paradise coast, by blowing up the connecting bridge. Residents were kidnapped, some were killed, and Crow managed to escape with a boatload of cash, never to be seen again. Until now.

So, when Crow shows up in Jesse's office some 10 years after the crime, it's not to turn himself in. Crow is on another job, and this time he's asking for Jesse's help - by asking him to stay out of his way.

Crow's mission is simple: find young Amber Francisco and bring her back to her father, Louis, in Florida. It should be an easy payday for a pro like Crow, but there are complications. Amber, now living in squalor with her mother, Fiona, is mixed up with members of a Latino gang. And when Louis orders Crow to kill Fiona before heading back with Amber, he can't follow through. Crow may be a bad guy, but he doesn't kill women. It's up to Jesse to provide protection.

Meanwhile, Jesse's on-again, off-again relationship with his ex-wife, Jenn, picks up steam as Jenn investigates the gang problem for her TV station. As they dig deeper, the danger escalates. The life of a young girl hangs in the balance, and saving Amber could be the miracle Jesse and Jenn need for themselves, too.

Solve another case with Jesse Stone.

©2008 Robert B. Parker; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 02-11-08
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 02-11-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Jesse and Crow - the next Spenser and Hawk?"

    I thought of this at the end of the first appearance of Crow, not entirely unlike the first meeting in a novel of Spenser and Hawk. This was a good story, better than the last crossover with Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall. Crow is a bad guy, but you like him for his autonomy, a hallmark characteristic of all Parker characters. Stone is more of a smartass in this book, much like a well loved Boston PI. James Naughton is a very good reader and you eventually stop noticing the endless "he said she said" overlays that are invisible on the paper page but really stand out in the audible book.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Aron Patent Plymouth Meeting, PA 02-14-08
    Aron Patent Plymouth Meeting, PA 02-14-08 Member Since 2005

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    "He Said, She Said"

    Good story, good reader but way too many "He Saids and She Saids" I found it very distracting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-08
    Daniel Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-08
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    "Good story, and good narration"

    Finally a good narrator for the Jessie Stone series. The story is as good as any of Parker's novels, and now we have a narrator who doesn't sound bored by the sound of his own voice.

    Let's have some more Jesse Stone novels read by James Naughton.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ReginiaO from the Chicken Soup Book Club Los Angeles, CA USA 10-04-08
    ReginiaO from the Chicken Soup Book Club Los Angeles, CA USA 10-04-08 Member Since 2006
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    "What were you thinking?"

    This was selected for my Book Club Read so I purchased in on audible for my commute and in print for our meeting. I cannot wait for my meeting to ask - What were you thinking? The He said, she said was crazy and bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marty-Seattle Seattle 04-30-08
    Marty-Seattle Seattle 04-30-08 Member Since 2003
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    "He Said, Ad Nauseam"

    After several hundred audio books, I finally hit rock bottom. My first bad review. Bad story and the the constant use of "He Said" drove me nuts! The narrator would speak the the line and then pause before saying "He Said". Ahhhhh! Over and over again!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 02-26-08
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 02-26-08

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    "I Don't Get It"

    I absolutely cannot understand the good reviews on this one. This is not a good book, and an even worse audiobook.

    The dialogue is terrible! Aside from the fact that every spoken word is followed by "Crow said" "Jesse said" "Jen said" etc etc etc, the dialogue is campy and cliche'.

    The story is marginal to decent, but there is nothing here to get excited about.

    The reader was good given what he had to work with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diana ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 02-23-08
    Diana ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 02-23-08

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    "Could Not Tell"

    The narration is so bad I could not get through 10 minutes. Always in third person. I listen to audiobooks compulsively and this was the worst ever encountered. If the book was good, could not tell. Maybe I will have to read! Who has time for that?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Melbourne, VIC, Australia 05-13-09
    Patricia Melbourne, VIC, Australia 05-13-09
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    "painful"

    From beginning to end, a painful experience to listen to this book. Thankfully it is short. I'm not even sure what happened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Troupsburg, NY, USA 04-02-08
    Richard Troupsburg, NY, USA 04-02-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Robert B. Slacker"

    This book could have been better, the abridged version would have been shorter and less painful to listen to. To dialog (usually a high point with this author) was horrible, pedestrian, disjointed, and mostly meaningless. The storyline (usually crisp and well thought out) was ridiculous, laughable, and sophomoric. It is time for Mr Parker to stop writing and take up knitting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Florence, MT, USA 03-03-08
    Linda Florence, MT, USA 03-03-08
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    "Could have been better"

    Like the other reviewers mentioned, the narrator's 'he said, she said' drove me to distraction.
    How did this get past an editor?
    It's awful enough to ruin a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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