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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel | [Michael Brandman]

Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.
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Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

When a mysterious figure from Jesse's past arrives in town, memories of his last troubled days as a cop in L.A. threaten his ability to keep order in Paradise-especially when it appears that the stranger is out for revenge.

©2011 Michael Brandman (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Richard S. Plainfield, NJ, United States 01-02-12
    Richard S. Plainfield, NJ, United States 01-02-12

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    "Don't expect Parker's prose"

    I "bought" this book (actually, a free offer) thinking that it was a Parker novel. However, it isn't. And although I have read some books which were continuations of series established by someone else that were done well enough, this doesn't maintain Parker's tone. Moreover, it is a continuation of the TV movies, not the books -- this in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is something you should be prepared for. I can't say that this is a bad book, but it is a bad Parker book. This is the first book-on-tape I've tried, and it is a taste I haven't yet acquired; however, Naughton's performance was certainly acceptable.

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    Joan Brandon, MS, United States 12-05-11
    Joan Brandon, MS, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Jesse Stone continues"

    Although Robert B. Parker has died, Jesse Stone lives on very well. Mr. Brandman has taken up the style and mystery quality to a great extent. I didn't notice much difference in the writing and still felt highly entertained. James Naughton continues as the narrator which helps to extend the novel as one of Parker's stories.

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    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 12-05-11
    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 12-05-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Jesse Stone continues"

    Although Robert B. Parker has died, Jesse Stone lives on very well. Mr. Brandman has taken up the style and mystery quality to a great extent. I didn't notice much difference in the writing and still felt highly entertained. James Naughton continues as the narrator which helps to extend the novel as one of Parker's stories.

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    Jan H. Wolfe El Paso, TX 01-11-12
    Jan H. Wolfe El Paso, TX 01-11-12 Member Since 2009

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    "A great listen and a satisfying end"

    Brandman did an outstanding job of catching the original Jessie Stone story and feeling. It was a fun listen and a very satisfying end.

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    robert Palmyra, PA, United States 10-10-11
    robert Palmyra, PA, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Huge fan"

    Love the story and even love the reading... But I can not deal with all the swallowing and gulping sounds that come with the narrator, something must be done about this. If you have any problem with someones reading and hearing noises their they make while reading. DONT buy this book.

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    Drewek Ferndale, MI, United States 09-14-11
    Drewek Ferndale, MI, United States 09-14-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Narration was too distracting to the story."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teens and young adults.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Brandman’s story?

    Hard to follow the characters and what was occurring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    After each character spoke he identified each speaker by saying Jesse said or Hanson said, etc. Detracted from the smooth flow.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not many.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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