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
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.
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.
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.
Book had many plot avenues that tie into the conclusion.
Female characters voices took away and made it difficult. Spoiled on other narrators who have mastered voices or had dual male/female narrators.
This is the first of Robert Parker novels. I enjoyed the Jess Stone character and would listen to the next in the series (hope with different narrator to distinguish male/female voices).
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.
Trite writing does not qualify as being "Robert B. Parker"s" Teen age sex for an opening?.... "pert beasts?" Mocha skin past girl friend with "Plush red mouth?" Really? ." "Demons" which have to be "exorcised". Did he say "exercised"? Probably not, but it was either wrong or wearisome. Which can be said about this entire effort.
Out of more than 1200 audio books I rarely comment, but this was poor and mislabeled by using the Parker come-on.
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.
"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.
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