Trouble in Paradise: Jesse Stone #2 by Robert B. ParkerI am a huge Parker fan and will read anything with his name on it. That rule has never failed me, which isn't always true of every writer. This book was no exception.
This is the second installment in the Jesse Stone/Paradise series. I would certainly recommend reading these in order as Jesse's private life is nearly as exciting as the murder and mayhem going on around him. It's a little disturbing to think that such a tiny town as Paradise seemingly is could have so much crime so soon--I shiver to think what future books hold. Perhaps, though, because of its quaint smallness, a gang of robbers and just all-around bad guys target it for the heist of the century, planning to rob banks, homes, and anything else not nailed down.
In the mix is Jesse and his on-again/off-again romance with his ex-wife. And his on-again/off-again romance with his ex-lover. And a new on romance that looks to be off soon. What I really like about these is how very human Jesse is, full of mistakes and quirks and pain and confidence issues. A man after my own heart. While he certainly struggles in his private life, he is one super cop and that part of these mystery thrillers is great to read, full of action and adventure at every turn. Jesse reminds me of Jack Reacher in that respect, except he isn't nearly so scary!
Thanks, Mr. Parker, for another delightful winter evening spent reading by the fire!