Sea Change

by Robert B. Parker

A Jesse Stone Novel

Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone faces the case of his career in the newest novel in the bestselling series.

When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation. Florence Horvath was an attractive, recently divorced heiress from Florida; she also had a penchant for steamy sex and was an enthusiastic participant in a video depicting the same. Somehow the combination of her past and present got her killed, but no one is talking-not the crew of the Lady Jane, the Fort Lauderdale yacht moored in Paradise Harbor; not her very blond, very tan twin sisters, Corliss and Claudia; and not her curiously affectless parents, living out a sterile retirement in a Miami high rise. But someone—Jesse—has to speak for the dead, even if it puts him in harm's way.


"Parker's dialogue, as usual, crackles with wisecracks. The pace is fast, and eventually the baddies are brought to justice."
Forbes Magazine

"Jesse Stone is still evolving. The pleasure we take in reading about Stone, a former baseball player and recovering alcoholic, is that we can't know what he's going to do or say next because he doesn't. He's still figuring it all out, including his relationship to his former wife...Jesse needs to evolve, and he's trying, and that brings a welcome warmth to a book about heartless people."
Boston Globe

"Parker, who wrote his doctoral thesis on the novels of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald is perhaps most notable for the intellectual sheen he has brought to the genre. Spenser is a prodigious reader who often quotes great poets (Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare and Wallace Stevens are favorites), and tosses off obscure literary references. Indeed he was named for Edmund Spenser the poet of the English Renaissance whose "Faerie Queene" celebrated the knightly virtues that the detective supposedly embodies. Spenser also popularized a new sensitivity in crime fiction. The early private eyes were mostly Neanderthals toward women, and Spenser's long romance with brainy Susan Silverman was one of the genre's first examples of a tough-guy hero having a complicated relationship with a woman he accepted as an equal. Spenser's close bond with the black hit man Hawk was another milestone."
Washington Post Book World

"Parker's snappy back-and-forth dialogue exemplifies the strengths of contemporary American mystery writing. B+"
Entertainment Weekly

"More than 30 years into an extraordinary career, Boston author/hometown hero Robert B. Parker continues to surprise...The clever, witty banter one expects from a Parker novel is particularly sharp here, though it's a tad saltier than usual. In fact, it's downright raunchy in spots...The prolific Parker has written some 50 novels in three decades. It's not enough. After finishing this triumph, readers will wish he wrote faster."
Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

"The superficial differences in this new series, including settling it in the imaginary seaside town of Paradise, Mass., seem to have reenergized Parker. Sea Change is better plotted—and longer—than almost any Spenser novel in years; and the supporting cast is more carefully drawn. Like the Spenser series, the Stone novels are a quick read. But, they're more satisfying—like wolfing a pizza versus snacking on microwave popcorn...Spenser has been reincarnated, his name is Jesse Stone."
Associated Press

"This is a case that would intrigue Stone's private-eye counterpart, Spenser (who appears in a tantalizing cameo here). Parker is dead-on here when it comes to police procedure and plotting, as the seemingly simple case eddies into all kinds of ugly complications, and the story swirls from whodunit into an absorbing whydunit."

"Jesse's fifth case is strong enough to rank near his best."
Kirkus Reviews

"Parker is a master at creating memorable characters and crime stories that are inevitably tied to social issues of some importance."
Library Journal

"A striking contrast to Parker's primary hero, Spenser...witty, flirtatious, droll and sexually charged."
Publishers Weekly

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paperback | Putnam | 2006 | ISBN: 9780425214428