As recent Robert B. Parker mystery novels go High Profile, the latest (2008) Jesse Stone paperback is not bad. It is not as good as the early Paradise novels or the early to middle Spensers.
In Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams has Arthur Dent visit a planet where all books are 280 pages long no matter what. High Profile would be a hit on that planet. On this planet, it feels like Parker did not know where the plot was going, saw page 280 coming up, and raced to the finale. The ending is only slightly more believable than the motive for the crime, the latter being the winner of the Yeah, Right award
Famous talk-show host Walton Weeks is found hanging from a tree in Paradise. He was shot before he was hung. His latest mistress' body is found in a dumpster. Suspects include the last three or four Mrs. Weeks and various hangers on.
Not much attention is paid to the mistress, a young woman who conveniently enough was disowned by her family and so whose death is really secondary here.
This part of High Profile is relatively decent
Where this Jesse Stone mystery collapses is when Sunny Randall, Stone's latest flame, becomes bodyguard to Stone's ex-wife after she is attacked. This is the occasion for some psycho-babble girl talk and for Stone to pine for both Sunny Randall and the ex-wife he can never quite leave. This leads to another Yeah, Right conclusion.
Parker is definitely slipping. I even sometimes suspect Mrs. Parker is writing some of the stuff.
The one thing that keeps a reader going in High Profile, aside its authorship, is the development of the Suitcase Simpson character and some of the banter between he and Stone.
Jesse Stone TV Mysteries: Click to read review
Jesse Stone - Stone Cold: Tom Selleck is just the right guy to play the still somewhat alcoholic ex-L.A. cop
Jesse Stone - Thin Ice DVD: Fifth in the series and just as excellent as always.
Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise: How does a straight A student end up brutally murdered and floating in a local lake? Jesse Stone makes it his business to find out.
Jesse Stone: Night Passage: Jesse Stone leaves the LAPD to head up the police force in Paradise Massachusetts.
Other Robert B. Parker Reviews
Cold Service - A Spenser Mystery: A little less than a Spenser novel should be.
Double Play: Double Play, a suspense built around the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson
Melancholy Baby - A Sunny Randall Mystery: An entertaining whodunit.
Sea Change - A Jesse Stone Mystery: The fifth Jesse Stone novel and a solid read.
School Days - A Spenser Mystery: One of the better Spenser mystery novels. No Hawk, no Silverman.
Jesse Stone : Death In Paradise DVD: Third Jesse Stone DVD starring Tom Selleck, really really good mystery.
Jesse Stone: Night Passage DVD: First Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone second DVD in the series.
Hundred-Dollar Baby - A Spenser Mystery: A dreadful Spenser mystery. A waste of time and money
Blue Screen - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Very ordinary Sunny Randall mystery with stupid ending.
Jesse Stone : Sea Change DVD: Good stuff if subdued
Spare Change - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Sunny Randall and her dad team up to find a serial killer. Not a bad novel.
High Profile - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Banal mystery by writer who puts out too much.
Night and Day - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Good read and toss kind of mystery.
Jesse Stone - No Remorse DVD: Very moody but very good made for TV mystery
Rough Weather - A Spenser Mystery: Decent enough for a later Spenser.
Painted Ladies - A Spenser Novel: 39th Spenser and as ordinary as the last 12 or so
Jesse Stone - Innocents Lost DVD: 2011 TV movie. Good but formulaic
Jesse Stone - Benefit of the Doubt DVD: Eighth in the series and just as good.