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Publisher's Summary

Stiles Island is a wealthy and exclusive enclave separated by a bridge from the Massachusetts coast town of Paradise. James Macklin sees Stiles Island as the ultimate investment opportunity: all he needs to do is invade the island, blow the bridge, and loot the island. To realize his investment, Macklin, along with his devoted girlfriend, Faye, assembles a crew of fellow ex-cons - all experts in their fields - including Wilson Cromartie, a fearsome Apache. James Macklin is a bad man - a very bad man. And Wilson Cromartie, known as Crow, is even worse.

As Macklin plans his crime, Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone has his hands full. He faces romantic entanglements in triplicate: his ex-wife Jenn, is in the Paradise jail for assault, he's begun a new relationship with a Stiles Island realtor named Marcy Campbell, and he's still sorting out his feelings for attorney Abby Taylor. When Macklin's attack on Stiles Island is set in motion, both Marcy and Abby are put in jeopardy. As the casualties mount, it's up to Jesse to keep both women from harm.

©1998 Robert P. Parker (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Tough and tight...[Parker] once again shows how to do it well, and with style.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[Parker] has another winner in Jesse Stone. The characters, good and bad, are well developed.” (USA Today)

What listeners say about Trouble in Paradise

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Good story but bad audio

Would you consider the audio edition of Trouble in Paradise to be better than the print version?

I have no basis for comparison since I haven't read the print edition.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was interesting and had a lot of good characterizations, especially of Jesse Stone.

What didn’t you like about Richard Masur’s performance?

The performance was dull, soporific, and unexciting. The performances of Jesse Stone novels by Robert Forster are MUCH more interesting and appropriate to the subject matter.

In addition, the technical audio recording was terrible. The bass was turned all the way up and there was hardly any treble. Sounded like he was talking through a pillow. I played this on my iPhone through three different systems, and the audio was easily intelligible only on a high-end stereo with the equalizer shifted all the way into the treble.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was infuriated by how hard it was to hear the audio clearly.

Any additional comments?

No. Good book but weak performance, made worse by really bad technical audio quality.

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Bad audio recording

Read the book audio is terrible. Simply hard to listen to. I wish I could replace this book

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monotonous monotony

I like this series of stories. I like the quirky characters. I could not, however, stomach a narrator who made a slowly rambling dialog bog down even further under the heavy droning of his emotionless delivery. This purchase was such a disappointment.

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Worst narrator ever.

Love Jesse. Crow is introduced. Not sure I understand the whole Jen Jesse thing. Molly gets to rock!

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abridging this audio book ruined it

Dont buy abridged audiobooks if you know the story. I ruins them completely. I know better!

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Enjoyed the story line.

I listened to it all in one day. Really liked it from start to finish.

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great book

another good book in the series and very ready to get the next one in the series.

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Fun Read

The voice is a little monochrome for me but enjoying the distraction. Good enough to listen to the next one in the series.

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a very worthy read.

I enjoyed the Patterson subtle humor and nicely placed pauses. Jesse Stone is a believable character. Some of the crude language distracted me a bit. At times - for certain characters - it's fine, but coming from fairly pleasant and fluent characters, it seemed inappropriate and outside what most people would actually say. Just my opinion.

if you've watched Tom Selleck as Stone, he was a natural.

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Glory of Carnage in Name of US

This is the last RBP book I will read. If you like drawn out gore and justification for torture and killing in fetid detail, this is the place for you.

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Don't bother with the first 4 chapters....

Not up to RBP's usual standard. By chapter 4 there have been multiple profanities and about 5 sex scenes. I'm not a prude, but it had zero relevance on the story and to be honest, got reaaaaallllyy boring....

Found myself getting annoyed with this book, Jesse needs a good slap to wake him up, if I didn't know better, I would think this wasn't written by RBP.

I definitely don't recommend this, unless you enjoy reading Playboy.