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

– Galileo Galilei

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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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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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Today’s Quote:

We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.

– B. F. Skinner

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♦ The Lonely Silver Rain, John D. MacDonald

I just completed The Lonely Silver Rain, an excellent Travis McGee mystery and thriller novel set in Florida. The story begins when Travis is contacted by an old million air friend, Billy Ingraham, to find his stolen 54 foot cruiser. Travis accepts the case on his terms and his price…and the search begins. McGee discovers that from the air, the cruiser looks like a smiling face, so he hires a pilot to take pictures from the air and after numerous flights the missing boat is found. McGee tracks down where the cruiser is anchored and finds three dead bodies inside. One of the bodies is the daughter of a Peruvian diplomat, her throat is cut and she has been raped. The diplomat becomes enraged and begins to seek revenge; which places Travis’ life in danger. Assumption had it that Travis killed the occupants upon discovery of the vessel. Several attempts on Travis’ life cause him to find the root of the problem as he pursues information about the real killers. His pursuit takes him to Mexico and back which ultimately reveals the true killer. With the name of the killer exposed, a big turf war erupts between the new drug lords and the old ones…creating a lot of death of prominent/legitimate business men in Miami. The action is hot but Travis exposes the truth and the real killer is ultimately taken into custody by the authorities.

The story ends with the resolution of a sub-plot that has been going on throughout this adventure.  McGee discovers who has been leaving pipe-cleaner shaped cats at his doorstep – his daughter.  He discovers that he is the father to a now 17 year old daughter who he begins to establish relationship with. The ending is very touching and reveals that McGee is not only tough guy, but is also a sensitive gentleman.

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Today’s Quote:

If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it’s great, it should be read at least three times.

– Anatole Broyard

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