Day and Night is a crime novel by Robert B. Parker, the eighth in his Jesse Stone series. It was the last in the string to be released before his death in 2010.
Robert B. Parker has been the author of over 60 books including westerns and young-adult books, but is best known for his detective novels featuring Boston private-eye Spenser. In recent years that he introduced a new protagonist, Jesse Stone turned small-town chief of police.
Parker’s books featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a dedicated following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis’ remark, “We are seeing one of the wonderful show in the history of the American detective story” (The New York Times Book Review).
Night And Day Parker Novel Summary
Night and Day begins with the investigation of a middle school principal.
Women accuse of creating them pull up their dresses so that she can see their underwear Principal Betsy Ingersoll.
The principal claims that she did this to ensure they were wearing proper attire for your school dance. She also asserts that her job is not only to guarantee they receive a proper education, but that they also develop into ladies and do not become sluts.
Girls are sent home by her for sporting panties. Although there’s not any offense to charge her with, Jesse determines to make her trouble until he could find something to charge her with because he’s convinced the girls’ civil rights have been violated.
He starts interviewing the principal along with her high powered lawyer husband, as well as the women.
One of the girls comes to see Jesse at his office. She informs him that her parents are host parties for this purpose at their dwelling, and often swingers.
She and her little brother despise if he is able to help she and it asks Jesse. With swinging not prohibited, Jesse finds his hands tied, but decides to investigate.
He has speak of those women, among whom he knew to get more info about the swingers club. As her husband would like to suit discovers that the girl’s mother is not into it, but just does it. Jesse has her husband threatens about the swinging, and she leaves him.
The storyline of this novel involves the Night Hawk’s evaluation. The Night Hawk begins as a peeping tom, and the Paradise authorities get several calls about him.
After the Night Hawk escalates his strikes by forcing them to undress at gunpoint breaking into houses while women are alone, and then taking nude photos of these. He contains the photographs that are nude, also starts writing Jesse detailing his exploits. He writes that he cannot stop himself; he should discover the women’s “secret.” In addition, he writes that he fears that he will escalate and doesn’t understand what he will do.
Jesse starts to combine his investigation of the swingers with his investigation of the Night Hawk. Considering that the Night Hawk never touches anyone, he concerns the swingers to find out whether there is. Seth Ralston is all identified by the women in the club.
Ralston is a professor of English at a nearby university. He’s married to a graduate student who’s currently working on her doctorate. Jesse finds that the wife of Ralston used to teach a Wednesday night class, which contrasts with all the tom reports. In addition, he finds that the peeping tom reports stopped in precisely the exact same time that Ralston’s spouse quit her teaching job to begin doing her work full-time.
Jesse questions Ralston’s wife concerning the swinging if she will reveal something about her husband who will confirm he is the Night Hawk, and hints that her husband might be the Night Hawk to see. She reacts by singling them out, and belittling Jesse for being a dumb cop.
Meanwhile, Jesse continues to stress. Shortly after Jesse receives a nude photograph of Betsy, nevertheless Molly and he become convinced that she is posing in the photograph and guess that the attack was staged.
The regional media request an interview regarding the attack, and Jesse uncharacteristically agrees. He gives details of the attack and receives a letter in the Night Hawk who demands that he never attacked Betsy Ingersoll.
Jesse believes that the Night Hawk is telling the truth, since he has never denied an assault but always been honest. She says that she did it to get a little attention from her husband, but that he did not care. Because her husband cheats on her with women, which also explains her obsession with teenaged girls not growing up to become sluts, she was acting out. Jesse agrees not to charge her with any offenses if she agrees to watch Sunny Randall’s shrink, Dr. Silverman (the long-term love attraction of the following Parker character Spenser), which she does.
A few days later the spouse of Seth Ralston comes to report that her husband is missing.
They soon after Jesse receives a second letter beating him for talking with his spouse, and destroying his life, and start searching for him. He writes that he’s going to leave town, but after he finds one more woman’s secret, as it is called by him, and warns that this girl is going to be someone close to Jesse.
Jesse believes that he’s trying to sign that the girl is going to be Betsy Ingersoll, however, Jesse believes he is actually currently targeting Molly.
A police unit was place by them as a decoy, but then stake out the home of Molly. Molly waits with a gun and Jesse can hear her. The Night Hawk breaks in on her and forces her to begin stripping at gun point.
Jesse and suit subsequently split in to arrest him. Surprised that they figured out he had been following Molly, he raises his gun to shoot at her, but Molly, Suit, and Jesse shoot and kill Seth Ralston, putting an end to the Night Hawk.
Suit was left that it was but since all three fired, Jesse is able to disfuse the situation with convincing Suit that it could have been any one of the three.