Friday, March 20, 2009

Night and Day

Obsession. I like to read a Robert Parker novel whenever I want a book that is fast and simple to read. The characters are familiar, dialogue moves the action, and you can be distracted externally, and pick up where you leave off with ease. His books are ideal for travel: like snack food. The eighth police chief Jesse Stone novel, Night and Day, focuses on the theme of obsession. Readers know that Jesse remains obsessed with his ex-wife Jenn. After a peeping Tom in the town of Paradise increases his obsession and progresses to home invasion, molestation and then murder, Stone and his police team work to track him down. Along the lines of “it takes one to know one,” Stone examines the obsessive Night Hawk, as they call him, from the perspective of Stone’s own obsession with Jenn. Sunny Randall and Spike make cameo appearances, as does Spenser’s Susan Silverman. The pace of the novel is as quick as ever, and the dialogue is peppery. Before you know it, you’ll have finished the book, the flight attendant will be announcing imminent landing, and you’ll be somewhat satisfied that you didn’t totally waste a boring flight doing nothing.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)

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