SEA CHANGE (Police Procedural-Massachusetts/Florida-Cont) – G+ Parker, Robert B. – 5th in series
Putnam, 2006- Hardcover

Police Chief Jesse Stone, dry for one year and working on his relationship with his ex-wife, has a Jane Doe on his hands. The body of a young woman has been found in the harbor. Once Jesse learns her name and that she’s from Florida from a local boat rental owner he looks particularly at two yachts from Florida in Paradise for Race Week. With the help of Ft. Lauderdale Detective Kelly Cruz, Jesse finds he’s dealing with drugs, underage sex and sexual abuse.

This is classic Parker; tight plot, crisp dialogue, light banter, and a character who believes in working on his personal problems and dealing in justice. His female characters are as strong as his male. I personally would like more procedural and less personal story. Still, it’s hard to beat Parker for an engaging, guaranteed enjoyable read.

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