I liked the character, as usual, but it did not carry any weight as in the past Jesse Stone books, of which I have read all.
It seemed like there was an idea but it was never fleshed out. it was more like a short story.
Made me wish that Robert B. Parker had not died and had a chance to finish with a really good Jesse Stone story. It doesn't compare at all with the last Spencer story - Sixkill - that he wrote before his untimely death. I would venture to guess that an editor finished an manuscript he had left.
I haven't read the short story or seen the movie in more than 20 years. I became interested after reading rave reviews of the new Blu-ray edition. It includes this audible story. Well, I listened to it as I drove home. And, it was wonderful. John Cheever's reading is heartfelt and you feel like you are in the room with him. One of the best 20 minutes you can spend with a book. Try it again.
For someone who has read or listened to all but 2 books in the Dune universe, I expected something more than a Reader's Digest introduction to Dune. The only saving grace was hearing Frank Herbert read selected passages - but so what. Very disappointing. The only saving grace is that I bought the book on sale rather than wasting a credit.
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