High Profile

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert B. Parker
Narrator: Scott Sowers
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: February 2007
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body-that of a young woman-is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable.
Two victims in less than a week should provide a host of clues, but all Jesse runs into are dead ends. Yet what may be the most disturbing aspect of these murders is the fact that no one seems to care-not a single one of Weeks's ex-wives, not the family of the girl. And when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two departed souls, the mystery only deepens. Forced to delve into a world of stormy relationships, Jesse soon comes to realize that knowing whom to trust is indeed a matter of life and death.

Reviews (4)

High profile

Written by Anonymous on October 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Story was too predictable. Relationship between Jesse and Jen just too bizarre to be believable. No more Jesse Stone for me.

Jesse said....

Written by Anonymous on September 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have to agree with the other 2 reviews. The narrator seems to pause for a split second before every "....said" and it seems to emphasize the statement. It becomes very annoying. But I enjoyed the book I am a huge fan of the author and have read all of the Spencer novels.


Written by Shane from Whitsett, NC on June 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The previous (and at this point only other) reviewer has this one dead to rites. A great group of characters, a decent story, but the translation to audio is INSUFFERABLE. Well I think that is what I mean. At any rate it is too much. too bad, as otherwise it is a good listen

He said, he said, he said, etc.

Written by Timothy Higgins from Cincinnati, OH on October 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have been a fan of Robert B. Parker for years. I love the hard boiled detective novel as a genre, and Parker captures the tough, stoic, wise cracking hero as good as anyone. The books read very quickly, and are always enjoyable in between deeper novels. As with any Parker novel, the case the characters are solving is not nearly as important as the characters themselves, really serving more as a backdrop and a reason to learn more about Jesse Stone and the people in his life. That said, I discovered that Parker's books don't translate well into audio form. The terse dialog followed EVERY SINGLE TIME by "Jesse said", "Jen said", or "Somebody said" means the listener hears, "(Somebody) said." every few seconds. It was very distracting.

Author Details

Author Details

Parker, Robert B.

Robert B. Parker has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis’ comment, “We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story” (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with Appaloosa and School Days, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, Sea Change.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker’s novels. He and Joan live in the Boston area.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston’s Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America’s rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker’s fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker’s small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.