It will come as no surprise to longtime fans of Robert B. Parker's
Spenser novels to learn that Parker just keeps getting better with
each new book. In addition to the classic Spenser series, the
prolific Parker now has two active mystery series: one involving
Paradise, Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone and the other
featuring female Boston detective Sunny Randall.
Great writers --- and Parker long ago assured his place among
America's greatest mystery writers of all time --- are not afraid
of breaking the rules. Parker did that last fall when he had Jesse
Stone appear in one of his Sunny Randall books, BLUE SCREEN. And
Sunny returns the favor in Parker's latest novel, HIGH
HIGH PROFILE is a Jesse Stone story. It begins when a controversial
radio talk show host, Walton Weeks, is found dead, hanging from a
tree in Jesse's town of Paradise, Massachusetts. The victim was
shot three times, but it turns out that he was dead for two days
before being hung. The case becomes complicated when the body of a
young woman, who turns out to be Weeks's assistant, is discovered
in a dumpster behind a restaurant in Paradise a few days
Jesse is stuck with a high-profile case as the national press
descends upon the town along with representatives of the governor.
It turns out that the dead talker was a supporter of the
As if this was not pressure enough, Jesse's personal life is on the
brink of unraveling. He is trying to limit his drinking to two
drinks a day while dealing with his inability to stop loving Jenn,
his mercurial ex-wife still in his life, and make sense of his
emerging relationship with Sunny, who he calls "his new perfect
woman." But Sunny has problems of her own, namely her inability to
stop loving her ex-husband, Richie.
When Jenn arrives at his door in danger, Jesse has to protect her
around the clock somehow while still doing his job as police chief.
His not-too-perfect solution is to use Sunny, his new love, to
guard Jenn, his true love. As he says more than once, the situat