In January I wrote about my personal reading challenge from 2018—to read one book in each series that my mom left behind. You can read about it here.
High Profile by Robert B. Parker was the first one I picked up. That series is on the top shelf of the left side of the bookcase. Seemed like as good a place as any to start. I picked it up knowing nothing about Robert B. Parker or his characters. I also didn't know that it is the sixth book in the series. Guess I should have checked a list or something. I picked High Profile because it Mom had it in paperback and hardback, which means either she really liked it, or she'd bought it, forgot she bought it, and bought it again. That happened quite often.
The murder of a notorious public figure places Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone in the harsh glare of the media spotlight.
When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case, forcing him to deal with small-minded local officials and national media scrutiny. When another dead body-that of a young woman-is discovered just a few days later, the pressure becomes almost unbearable.
Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. But what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care-not a single one of Weeks's ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens.
Despite Weeks's reputation and the girl's tender age, Jesse is hard-pressed to find legitimate suspects. Though the crimes are perhaps the most gruesome Jesse has ever witnessed, it is the malevolence behind them that makes them all the more frightening. Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon comes to realize that knowing whom he can trust is indeed a matter of life and death.
This is a series I will definitely keep! It is a good, old-fashion detective story. Remember Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer?
It's like that.
The descriptions are sparse and the characters' inner thoughts are even less. Almost everything is dialogue and action. I loved it!
I wouldn't recommend this series to everyone. I could name several friends right now who would hate it, because they thrive on knowing the character's innermost emotions. This wouldn't satisfy them.
Also, my romantic suspense-loving friends, this wouldn't be for you. There is a romantic subplot. It's not going to end how you want it to. For me, it was more distracting than endearing.
My only other issue was that it is the sixth in a series. Several characters popped in and out that I had no clue who they were or what they represented. I'm sure if I'd started with book one, I would have enjoyed it that much more.
Guess I should go see if Mom even had book one.