High Profile, the sixth Jesse Stone mystery is banal, formulaic, and uninteresting. This series by the much too prolific Robert B. Parker used to be a welcome change from the Spenser series which has been banal, formulaic, and uninteresting. If Paradise Chief of Police Jesse Stone has permanently gone Spenser, there is not much left to Parker aside from the Sunny Randall series.
This time around a high profile talk show host is found hung from a tree, his body riddled with bullets. His assistant and mistress is found soon after in a dumpster. In between spinning his wheels a lot and having a phone relationship with Sunny Randall, Jesse Stone continues to pine for Jenn, his ex-wife and have a talk or two with his basically useless shrink.
The problem with this Jesse Stone mystery is nothing much really happens. Robert B. Parker fails to flesh out talk show host Walton Weeks. It is obvious he did not bother doing much research on what a national talk show host might be like so Walton Weeks could just as easily have been a philandering dog catcher or a very tired mystery novelist. Weeks’ girlfriend is just a body and given a past just because Parker sort of had to.
The Jesse Stone mystery TV series starring Tom Selleck is quite good. I hope that this time around someone fleshes out this weak story and its paper thin characters.
I have been a fan of Robert B. Parker for a long time. A while back, I decided to wait for the paperback. Now I am going to wait to find his latest offering on the remaindered table or at a used book store if I can get it for less than 4 dollars.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 and just as excellent as always.
Jesse Stone: Night Passage: JFirst in the series 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
High Profile - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Readable? Yes. Believable? Hmmm.
Spare Change - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Sunny Randall and her dad team up to find a serial killer. Not a bad novel.
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.