It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been.
Jesse left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York, too. As is Kayla’s friend, Dee, an otherworldly beauty with secret regrets of her own. But Jesse’s time at the reunion is cut short when, in Paradise, a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend, a son of one of the town’s most prominent families, is missing and presumed kidnapped.
Though seemingly coincidental, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes back in Paradise. As Jesse, Molly, and Suit hunt for the killer and for the missing son, it becomes clear that one of Jesse’s old teammates is intimately involved in the crimes. That there are deadly forces working below the surface and just beyond the edge of their vision. Sometimes, that’s where the danger comes from, and where real evil lurks. Not out in the light - but in your blind spot.
©2014 Reed Farrel Coleman (P)2014 Random House Audio
Just Like Parker
When you find out Dee is more than she appears to be.....complete surprise
Great use of New England accents from Southie to Patrician
Better than before
Far more developed story line and characters by Coleman than Brandman. Brandman's work smacks of Stuart Woods--hurry up and tell the story and pretend it is the same. Look forward to more Jesse from Coleman....as good as Ace Atkins is with Spenser.
I was so worried when the estate began announcing various writers picking up Dr. Parker's series. So far, every one has been worthy. This is no exception. It's a bit different than some of the others in that it is longer but that's a bonus here. The best compliment I can think of is that I can't tell someone else wrote it. Naughton is perfect as Jesse and overall and as with Ace Atkins on the Spenser series I am now going to see if Reed Farrel Coleman has a back catalog. If you miss Robert B. This will make you feel better.
Reed does not seem to have a grip on the true nature of a Jesse Stone book. I would go so far that the only thing he has captured and reproduced is the character's names. Had I been more observant I would not have purchased this knowing it was not by Parker.
All of the performance was fine, the material is the let down.
This is not a Jesse Stone book, so long as you are aware of that you may well enjoy it.
The author caught the tone of Parker, but the "love story" element was overdone. Earlier Parker books confined Stone's attachments to more brief coverage. The narration by James Naughton was great, as ever, and made it easier to "hear" Patterson through Patterson's voice, even though Coleman was at the keyboard.
"I was pleasantly surprised. There is a lot of story to follow but Mr Coleman does a good job with this story."
I likes this story and I plan to read other stories by Parker, Coleman and those narrated by Naughton.
Noticeably different from previous authors. Jesse was harsher. Storyline more sprawling, longer. Some of the violence was more menacing and sick than I am used to in a Jesse Stone novel. The humor and rapport of the Paradise Police Department didn't show up until fairly late in the story. Dix made what seemed like a token appearance. There were some good new developments. Jesse's former baseball teammate gives him some welcome tough love about his lingering regrets and "what ifs " about his baseball career. overall, though, I found the latest incarnation of Jesse a little jarring.
Another in the riveting Jesse Stone Saga's. Ienjoyed the more personal side of Jesse Stone in a bit of his history, particularly in insight to his past baseball career. Enjoyable to gain insights into how the characters were shaped. Good read!
As a Robert B. Parker fan, I slowly and reluctantly moved into the Jesse Stone stories after the great master died. Reed Coleman has taken Jesse to the next level - more violent, more sure of himself. I think Robert Parker would have enjoyed reading these books.
Outwitting a biker and making a bargain with a mobster were moments that stood out for me.
James Naughton truly brings Jesse Stone alive - he IS Jesse Stone.
I enjoyed it.
Good job all around!
Robert Parker versions were what got me hooked. I've never listened to hos Spencer series and unsure I ever will.
I really love the Jesse Stone and support characters. Try as they may, it doesn't seem another author can bring the same feel to the books as RB Parker. Losing the latest love of his life Jesse met a few days ago is unrealistic and been overused. For me, the series is over and was nice while it lasted.
"The last 30 secs are 'to be continued'"
I really enjoy the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker, the new novels by Michael Brandman were written in Parker's style and are also fabulous. Unfortunately Reed Farrel Coleman uses the characters but not in the style of Robert B Parker. This is a big disappointment. This Jesse Stone is not the same Jesse Stone as portrayed in the books by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman. In addition, the story has some sadistic parts which stick in the memory unpleasantly, something which is absent from the works of Robert B Parker (and from both Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins). Very disappointed.
In addition, this is actually the first novel of a multipart story, the last 30 seconds of the audio recording are the equivalent of the "to be continued ..." screen on a TV show. This is also very different to the Robert B Parker novels which are all self-contained stories.
Nothing wrong with the narrator, in fact, the narration was really good, it's the content that is the problem.
Disappointment because the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman are very good, and this one is very different, I feel a cheated. I am also a bit upset that this novel leaves unpleasant gruesome images in my memory which I did not want. I liked the previous novels because they are subtle and character-based, psychological thrillers without the need for horrific or gruesome detail descriptions.
I just wish that Michael Brandman had continued to write the Jesse Stone sequels.
"Better storyline than the original author??"
Basing his story line and characters partly upon on the original authors work and partly upon the version of the successful tv franchise that starred Tom Selleck as the lead character, the author successfully achieves a believable balance of reality and plot line that makes it a "book" you want to read to its end. Then combine this with a skillful narration and you're hooked! An excellent product. :0)
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