High Profile

I love to read anything by Robert B. Parker. His characters are so vivid, complex, and compelling that I just want to keep on reading even when the book is done. Spenser, a hardboiled but sensitive Boston PI, was one of my favorite characters of all time. But I’m beginning to love Jesse Stone, an alcoholic police chief of Paradise, Mass. As adept he is at understanding the crime solving process, he is inept at understanding his relationship with his ex-wive, Jenn.

But why I enjoy reading Parker is his mastery of dialog. Here are some examples from High Profile, his latest book. These are conversations between Chief Jesse Stone and one of his policemen, Suitcase Simpson.

After an interview with Conrad Lutz, who would later become a suspect in a multiple homicide:

“It means Lutz lied to us,” he said.

“Or at least left stuff out,” Jesse said.

“We maybe should ask him about that?” Suit said.

“Sooner or later,” Jesse said.

“First, you want to get all your ducks in a row?”

“I’d settle for getting them herded into the same area,” Jesse said. Read more

Oh, No. I’ve been tagged

Mark, Mark, Mark

So far I’ve been successful at avoiding tags. I treat them as chain letters, mostly, mainly because I don’t have the patience to so the work to pass it along. I’m usually as squirrelly as a Jr. High School Boy. 1By the way diagnosing a Jr. High School boy with ADHD is like saying, “There is water in the ocean.” Even if I love you, it will be a long time before I respond to another one of these tags. Only because I love Mark so much, and the work required to pass this tag along is relatively small, and I’m a tag virgin, will I respond…this time.

  • One book that changed your life: The Bible (This may sound too easy, but it was my study of The Bible in college that led me to reject the church 2In my naivety, I equated hypocricy in the church leadership with error in the Bible and begin a search for truth. It was the same book where I found it in the person of Jesus 20 years later)
  • One book that you’ve read more than once: The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories by William J. Bennett
  • One book that made you laugh: And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend: Further Reflections of a Grown Caddy by Harvey Penick
  • One book that made you cry: The Sacred Romance Drawing Closer To The Heart Of God by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
  • One book that you wish had been written: A really good mystery novel by me (I’ve been too lazy and undisciplined to accomplish this feat)
  • One book you wish had never been written:  Prince of Peace by James Carroll (Completely base and sacreligions. No value whatsoever that I could see)
  • One book you are currently reading: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • One book you’ve been meaning to read: The Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley (And an extremely long list of mysteries, thrillers, and spy novels)

And, now this tagging thing means I’m supposed to tag 5 others to post the same information from their library of reading. You poor folks are now tagged: Stacey, Beth, Scoop, Bonnie, Kiki. Sorry.

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1. By the way diagnosing a Jr. High School boy with ADHD is like saying, “There is water in the ocean.”
2. In my naivety, I equated hypocricy in the church leadership with error in the Bible