Decent start to a new Parker series
PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the first one in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse is a washed-up homicide detective from L.A. who climbed into a bottle and lost his wife to a L.A. player. But a small town in Massachusetts called Paradise recruits him as their new police chief...and Jesse jumps at it to save his own life.
WHAT I LIKED:
Things are not as they appear in Paradise because the town leader has started his own little militia designed to fight back when the eventual downfall of America occurs. The previous chief of police has been sent packing and the town council wants someone they can control. Unfortunately, Jesse isn't it. The focus of this first story is on Jesse getting sober, finding out what really happened to the last chief, finding out what is going on in Paradise with the town leader, and when he has time, figuring out what's going on in his personal life. A refreshing change from the Spenser series because there is no Hawk and there is no Susan to back him up, there's just him.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Vinnie and Joe from the Spenser series show up, but are more for comic relief than anything. Stone's ex-wife and new girlfriend are more co-dependant than helpful.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.
The book is much better than the movie-Tom Selleck is good but Hasty is the star of this tale and the movie diminishes his character.
An excellent story clouded by the codependence Jesse has with his ex-wife. I found that an irrelevant distraction. Even so, the writing was great. But Jesse, move on, man. Time to cut loose.
Probably my favorite of the Jesse Stone Series. Well written, fun read and good characters. Great series overall.
Absolutely wonderful! I'm sure Robert B. Parker's alter ego was Jesse Stone. Great story. Great mystery. I couldn't help invisioning Tom Selleck's voice as Jesse Stone!
Night Passage ----
by Robert Parker c - 1997 ----
A good read. ----
(Review of 5-8-11) ---- ---- (New ->)Having reread this Good Story:This first story about 'Jesse Stone' is well done and funny in how the small town of Paradise is really messed up. ---- Enjoy!----(finished6-5-12)RichardPaul
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