Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"High Profile"

"High Profile" is a Jesse Stone novel by Robert B. Parker, © 2007, ISBN: 978-0-425-20609-6, paperback, 280 pages.

I enjoy Parker's Spenser novels for light reading. In comparison, "High Profile" takes light reading to a level that's lighter than fluff. The book goes down easily because it's mostly banter; there isn't enough substance to satisfy me. The plotting for this whodunit is so cleverly hidden, it's practically non-existent. I didn't feel as though I was someplace else because setting is also lacking. If not for the place names, the few generic descriptions make it too easy for me to imagine the story is taking place on the Left Coast instead of in Massachusetts and New York.

Where this book shines is in revealing the interpersonal relationships through dialog. In fact, the majority of the book is dialog and while the extremely short chapters make it easy to put the book down, the engaging dialog makes it easy to pick it up again.

In conclusion, "High Profile" is the book for those who want only to be able to say that they read a book. In my opinion, it's too superficial for those who really enjoy reading books, even light reading.

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