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.
Someone who understood the characters. This book took us Jesse back to being the mopy self absorb guy that Robert evolved him from. I don't know if they are trying to reboot the series by pulling Jesse back into his drunken depression about baseball, but it doesn't serve the book well. Secondarily, he took all the other characters in the Jesse Stone series and twisted them. Hate the way he makes Rose out to be a naggy incompetent. Same thing with Suit.
Continue the story ark without drastically changing or regressing the main characters. Also can someone tell the author that cops and detectives don't have to be depressed self absorb incessantly brooding men to be tough. It a bad stereotype that is not worthy of Roberts work.
Don't have much of a problem with the performance. My problem is with the material.
Disappointment. Roberts work deserves better.
James Naughton does an excellent read of this Jesse Stone novel. So glad that Reed Farrel Coleman is keeping the Robert B Parker stories going and doing such a great job that I don't even notice they aren't by the master of mystery himself.
"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.
"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.
I enjoyed this book but it is not the same as the great mans work. Joe Montegna seems to think Molly comes from Brooklyn with the accent he gives her!
"An enjoyable book"
Another enjoyable book from the Jesse Stone novels although no longer written by the original unfortunately now deceased author, the current author folliws the well tried successful formula to allow the series to continue. Highly recommended.
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