BOOK REVIEW: HIGH PROFILE
In Paradise, a jogger sees a man hanging from a tree and calls the police. Chief of Police Jesse Stone sees the body and knows he was shot before somebody hung him from the tree; the medical examiner confirms this taking the bullets from his body. The victimís prints are in the system so they discover he was Walton Weeks, a popular talk show and radio host as well as a newspaper columnist making this a high profile case.
Not long after a second body with bullets in it is found in the dumpster behind Daisyís Restaurant. The same person killed both victims, the second being Waltonís lover who was pregnant with his child. Nobody claims the body including his ex-wives, but pretty soon Jesse has a plethora of suspects including two former spouses, his present wife, a research assistant, a business manager and a bodyguard. Nobody needs a good alibi because the time of death canít be determined and most of the suspects have secrets to hide. Jesse believes a good old fashioned police investigation will lead him to the killer.
Robert B. Parker always delivers an entertaining and enjoyable who done it due to the lead characters with their snappy repartee and their ability to keep apart their professional lives from their private lives. In HIGH PROFILE, Jesse loves two women, his promiscuous ex-wife and Sunny Randall who canít forget her ex-husband. In an ironic turn of events Sunny is guarding Jesseís ex wife from a stalker leading to them becoming friends. Only Mr. Parker could pull that one off.
REVIEWED BY HARRIET KLAUSNER
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