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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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    S. Wells 09-19-11
    S. Wells 09-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "NOT Parker"

    I was desperately hoping that this book would defy the usual pattern of a new author failing to adequately take over an old author's story line and characters. I was badly disappointed. Jesse Stone is NOT in character in some significant ways in this story. For example, I cannot imagine Parker's Jesse cavalierly shucking Sunny Randall just because she went to Europe for a job, and falling rapidly into bed with a shallow young woman just because she chased him. Molly is also out of character for most of the story, demonstrating a hardness that was never seen before; as is Lt. Healy, who appears to be Jesse's errand boy, rather than a powerful cop in his own right. I mostly read Parker's stories for the excellent characters and character development rather than the plot, and plot alone cannot hold this story up. Parker, like any good writer, SHOWS his story, doesn't TELL it. This writer tells, actually preaches at times. Even the premise of the story--that Jesse was vicious enough in L.A. to beat a criminal into brain damage--is so out of character for Parker's Jesse Stone that it strains credibility past breaking. Parker's Jesse is a violent man, not a mean one; and even drunkenness does not change basic character. Overall, even the excellent narration cannot make up for the flawed plot and poor characterizations. Not worth the hearing, and certainly not worth another, or another book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Anseanee United States 02-08-12
    Anseanee United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tough to Finish"
    Would you try another book from Michael Brandman and/or James Naughton?

    This is the second Robert B. Parker novel I tried to listen to. The novel is very hard to finish with all the


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Brandman before, how does this one compare?

    More of the same. Not my favorite.


    What didn’t you like about James Naughton’s performance?

    Not impressed. No obvious changes in character voices.


    Do you think Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if the he said....she said....Jesse said continues. So annoying to listen to.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 04-20-12
    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.

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    "A Worthy Entry in the Series"
    Which character ??? as performed by James Naughton ??? was your favorite?

    Jesse Stone


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The humor was nice, The tone was right. To those worried that this wouldn't work in the wake of Parker's death, give it a listen. You won't be sorry. I look forward to the next entry in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Naughton sounds like he is having fun with the book and that adds to the pleasure of the listening experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Wadsworth, OH, United States 04-03-12
    Michael Wadsworth, OH, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Still loving it!"
    Where does Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the upper middle. It held my attention and went by fast


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the complexity of the Jesse Stone character


    Would you listen to another book narrated by James Naughton?

    Yes, but I do not like how they constantly use the


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked that he adopted the cat, or did the cat adopt him????


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Devlin ND 01-11-12
    M. Devlin ND 01-11-12 Member Since 2006

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    "It isn't Robert B Parker but..........."
    Would you listen to Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues again? Why?

    Maybe. The actually story was good. The rhythm of Robert B Parker isn't there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues?

    I believe mentioning that would be a spoiler for the book and future readers. I wasn't surprised to see Jesse shy away from Sunny (since this was already mentioned) because Jesse Stone is basically a damaged guy and I think he will shy away from committment. I would like to see Sunny come back again.


    Did James Naughton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I'm used to his narrative, and for the most part I think he does a good job, but he has to lose the lozenge or whatever he had in his mouth - it was VERY distracting!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - it is very short in comparison to other Robert B Parker books.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was interesting that they moved Jesse into some place that echoes the Tom Selleck movies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Skaught 08-23-13
    Skaught 08-23-13

    I have had audible now for about 8 months and have enjoyed expanding my reading into books I would have not read before!

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    "I got started backwards in this. Movie then book!"
    If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues in three words, what would they be?

    gritty humorous wellwritten


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The author has published a number of Jesse Stone books and I happened into the series via Netflix. The main actor is someone I love watching - Tom Selleck, who plays a no nonsense laid back kind of police chief in a small town where stuff happens far too much for the city council to want him poking around in! There are plenty of characters and personalities to make this series a lot of fun to follow through. Unfortunately, on Audible I have only found 2 of the series available. There are a set of 8 dvd's out there and it appears that there are lots more written by the author. The sad thing is that the author has died, so the series will not be continued unless someone else is inspired to take the ball and run with it. I have seen that done before - i.e. the Hopalong Cassidy novels that Louis L'Amour wrote - they were originally written by someone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-24-12
    Jennifer 08-24-12

    I'm a writer and I love books of all types

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    "Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues to be better than the print version?

    While any true fan of the stone series knows this isn't Parker its very well done Bravo!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues?

    i enjoyed the storyline and the way it seemed to bring elements found in the movies


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    loved the tell tale " Jessie Stone " lines!


    Any additional comments?

    overall a great listen especially if you followed this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Highland Park, IL, United States 03-21-12
    Doug Highland Park, IL, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Author of the Reno McCarthy and Harry Cork Series

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    "Bland by Brandman"
    What disappointed you about Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues?

    The story is lifeless, wandering and has a predictable outcome.


    What could Michael Brandman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Handed it off to someone else to write. The last two Jesse's by Parker, and the last two TV adaptations by Brandman (and Selleck, as co-writer, co-producer) have lacked the energy and the interest of those that began the series. In Killing the Blues, Jesse wanders through without any passion whatsoever. The action is dull and formulaic and Brandman's effort to bring the books into the same setting as the TV show (Jesse moves to that house on the bay) is useless housekeeping.


    What does James Naughton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like his wry style. Others have complained that he doesn't give each character a separate voice but he actually does. It's subtle but enough for me. Cracked me up to hear him doing a Cialis commercial the day after I finished the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. If the rest of the series is like this, I won't stick with it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred 01-15-12
    Fred 01-15-12
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    "Jesse Stone - Poor Epitaph"
    What did you like best about Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues? What did you like least?

    I liked the character, as usual, but it did not carry any weight as in the past Jesse Stone books, of which I have read all.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Brandman’s story?

    It seemed like there was an idea but it was never fleshed out. it was more like a short story.


    Did Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues inspire you to do anything?

    Made me wish that Robert B. Parker had not died and had a chance to finish with a really good Jesse Stone story. It doesn't compare at all with the last Spencer story - Sixkill - that he wrote before his untimely death. I would venture to guess that an editor finished an manuscript he had left.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    01-11-12
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    "Definitely not Robert B. Parker writing"

    The author Michael Brandman (who wrote the screen plays for the Jesse Stone TV Movies starring Tom Selleck) continued the Jesse Stone legacy, but unfortunately he thinks he is still writing for the screen adaptation and not a book to follow in Robert B. Parker style.
    The story is great, the narration is great, my main problem is Michael Brandman uses the book to marry up the book version and screen version of Jesse Stone, each of which in my eye(ear) were great in their own right but definitely different.

    Overall I enjoyed the experience and am glad that Jesse Stone lives on, I only wish he would stay as he was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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