Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.
And when Jesse witnesses a horrifying collision caused by a distracted teenage driver, the political repercussions of her arrest bring him into conflict with the local selectmen, the DA, and some people with very deep pockets. There's murder in the air, and Jesse's reputation as an uncompromising defender of the law - and his life - are on the line.
©2012 Michael Brandman (P)2012 Random House Audio
Michael Brandman may be able to keep the Jesse Stone character going.
The dialog wasn't as sharp as in the past - but it was close.
I still miss Joe Montegna narrating - but James Naughton would be my second choice,
All in all - if you are a Jesse Stone fan - enjoy the listen.
If you are new to this series - get going, you are missing some great books!
No, did not care for the narrator
It is always Jesse Stone's humanity. He cares for what is right, more than what is expedient. He saw through the bluster of a hurting teenager and tried to instill some self worth.
He cannot change voice effectively
Hopped Up Husband's Hit on Hollywood Hottie
"Robert Parker's" books are predictable and that's what I like. I count on it. Michael Brandman did a good job at capturing his voice. I was surprised to find Jesse with a cat instead of a dog. Did I miss a book? The book had enough sub plots
i.e a movie star's junkie husband, stealing at the local water company, a spoiled and truly nasty teenage girl and even at the end a self absorbed FBI team leader to keep me listening straight through a Sunday. If you like Parker you will add this book to your history.
In the process of beginning a new chapter of my life and strengthening connections with my daughter.
Okay; I understand that Brandman isn't Robert Parker. Much of the wit is missing and for the second time he has turned Molly into a sitcom character. Still I enjoyed both this book as well as it's predecessor. As always Jesse's humanity shines through all the less than stellar writing of the replacement sent into the game for the fallen star. His relationship with the teenagers who he reaches is the highlight of this work; as it was in his previous closing of a Jesse Stone novel began by Parker. Though I didn't think as highly of this selection as his previous work, I still recommend it.
Any resemblance between this audiobook and any of the real Robert B. Parker's work is purely incidental. Spenser, Susan and Hawk are nowhere. The plot is so thin that it might be made from cardboard. The story has something to do with moviemaking, I think, but, to tell the truth, I really wasn't paying that much attention. I think that Jesse Stone is meant to be a poor man's Spenser. However, Spenser's robust sense of humor is absent. His deep and abiding love for Susan Silverman is also absent. And, perhaps worst of all, the intense connection between Spenser and Hawk is AWOL. What is left to enjoy? Go back to virtually any of the real Spenser books, where you will find all the above, plus more, on every page of each book. This one is fashimmelt.
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
James Naughton's performance is perfect. Rich and rewarding. If we can't have Tom Selleck read these then Naughton's performances are the next best thing.
Brandman does good characterizations but his plotting in the story could use some work. We only get one of these a year so a bit more imagination would be nice. I'd like to see Sunny Randall return to the series as well.
Yes. he does his usually super job.
If you are a fan of Jesse Stone, this one is worth your time. If you are new to the series you should start with one of the books written by Robert B. Parker himself because his plots are better.
Jesse Stone is, indeed, flawed. I still love him - his dialog, his manner, his swagger. The story was the typical mystery but covered with the familiar characters makes the book seem like a family story. I would love to have Jesse as a neighbor...
Yes. It is entertaining as well as educational.
Listen to your fears.
No one can protect you........
I really like the character of Jesse Stone. Jesse is one of those men of few words but now Jesse's words seem to be describing more products than just the facts of the case. This is where Mr. Brandman is no Robert B. Parker. I can't imagine Robert B. Parker (or Jesse) getting caught up in a woman wearing Stella McCartney blouses, so-and-so's shoes, dinking this certain wine, etc. If this were produced as a TV show, the product placement would be extreme! It seems to me that this was a very short story fleshed out with a lot of added descriptions that had nothing to do with anything other than adding to the word count. I felt a bit cheated. I liked Jesse's interaction with the teenager and also checking into the inflated water bills. I think there was more to each of these stories but, again, product placement/description seemed to overwhelm the whole story. I know Mr. Brandman helps write the scripts for the Jesse Stone TV movies. This book just made me wish Ace Atkins had also picked up the Stone books - he writes like Robert B. Parker. In my opinion, Mr. Brandman is no Robert B. Parker. Drop the product placement and pick up the story for a change.
It is a continuation of familar caracters in a great setting.
The story is a warm comfortable reading.
It was what I anticipated.
There is a slightly different flavor from the real Robert B Parker but it is good.
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