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♦ Split Image by Robert Parker

I just completed Robert Parker’s nineth Jesse Stone novel, Split Image.  The story begins  when Petrov Ognowski is found dead. A bullet bounced around inside his skull for about six hours before “Suit” Simpson, a patrol officer in the small Massachusetts town of Paradise, found the body. Petrov worked for Reggie Galen, one of two crime bosses who call Paradise home. The other, Knocko Moynihan, lives across the street from Galen. Suit’s boss, chief of police Jesse Stone, finally has occasion to find out why two onetime rivals choose to be neighbors. (Seems they married twin sisters, Rebecca and Roberta, known as the Bang Bang Twins in high school.) Reggie and Knocko are shocked about Petrov’s fate but give Jesse no help with the case. In the meantime, Jesse, still hurting from the latest breakup with his ex-wife, is helping old friend, private detective Sunny Randall, star of her own series, track down a teenager who has moved in with a New Age commune. The three nonconverging plotlines are linked tenuously by one theme: the search for love—the two mobsters with their Bang Bang twins; the teenager, denied affection from her rigidly aristocratic parents, with her commune cohorts; and Jesse and Sunny with each other. And the crimes? The commune is more creepy than comfy, and the Bang Bang Twins may have set in motion a series of events that will lead to violence.

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Today’s Quote:

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

– Epicurus

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Today’s Quote:

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Today’s Quote:

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

– Galileo Galilei

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Today’s Quote:

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”

– Charles M. Schulz

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Today’s Quote:

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.

– Sandra Carey

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Today’s Quote:

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.

 –  About: Men and Women

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