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High Profile ? A Jesse Stone Mystery
Robert B. Parker
Berkley 2008
280 pages

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: Death In Paradise:

Jesse Stone: Night Passage: JFirst in the series Jesse Stone leaves the LAPD to head up the police force in Paradise Massachusetts.