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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.


This time, the sea brings Paradise, MA, police chief Jesse Stone the decomposing body of a divorced heiress who had a penchant for naughty sex in front of the camera. Alas, no one seems to care that she's dead, but that doesn't stop the investigation. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Former LAPD cop and recovering alcoholic Jesse Stone is now the police chief of Paradise, Mass., a small suburb of Boston. It's quiet most of the time, except for the annual Race Week yachting event, and when murdered bodies wash up on shore. Stone's latest high-profile investigation-of the death of aging party girl Florence Horvath-takes him into a seedy underworld of sex, drugs and pornography that will leave listeners both titillated and disturbed. Sowers narrates in a strong, pleasant tenor and adeptly gives voice to Parker's witty, noir dialogue. Parker's stylistic quirk of using a "said" tag after almost every piece of dialogue stands out much more on audio than in print. Because Sowers alters his voice to distinguish between characters, a minor abridgment to remove some of these tags would have been less disruptive to the narrative flow. Sowers's performance overall is excellent and should leave listeners eager for another visit to Paradise. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 21, 2005). (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Sea Change

"A fast-paced fascinating mystery."--The Providence Journal "The complicated, all-too-human Jesse Stone [is] every bit as compelling, charismatic and resolute as [the] better-known, valiant Spenser."--The Boston Herald "Crackles with wisecracks."--Forbes "Parker is dead-on here...the story swirls from whodunit into an absorbing whydunit."--Booklist "Strong enough to rank near [Parker's] best."--Kirkus Reviews "Worthy of the late John D. MacDonald."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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