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Stone Cold: Jesse Stone, Book 4 | [Robert B. Parker]

Stone Cold: Jesse Stone, Book 4

In Stone Cold, Police Chief Jesse Stone has a problem - actually, two problems - dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hour later with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping, never makes it back to her house and is found dead. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. The harder these outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced - despite all the odds - that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.
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In Stone Cold, Police Chief Jesse Stone has a problem - actually, two problems - dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hour later with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping, never makes it back to her house and is found dead.

Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. The harder these outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced - despite all the odds - that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.

©2003 Robert B. Parker (P)2003, 2014 New Millennium Entertainment, Phoenix Books

What the Critics Say

"Told in third-person prose that's a model of economy, with sharp action sequences, deep yet unobtrusive character exploration...this is prime Parker, testament to why he was named a Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer MARIETTA, GA, United States 03-26-11
    Amazon Customer MARIETTA, GA, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2004

    WildWiseWoman

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    "A great introduction to a new (to me) character"

    I've been a big fan of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser for many years, and read about half of the those books in audio form. They are always very good, and occasionally great. I had never read a Jesse Stone novel until I came across this short one in a recent Audible Sale, and seeing that it was read by my hometown hero, Robert Forster, I couldn't resist.

    The book was great, and I look forward to seeking out the rest of the novels in this series, especially if they are read by Forster. I know his thick Raaachester accent irritates some who aren't used to it, but his characterizations and smooth demeanor are dead-on for this type of book. Great fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Revel Marlow USA 03-11-13
    Revel Marlow USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "a lot of foul language"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although the story is very good, i did not enjoy this book because of the language


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia 05-05-12
    cynthia 05-05-12
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    "better than the tv version"

    This book was done as a made for tv movie and has run several times. I love the movie, but the book is much better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharene Eagle Bend, MN, United States 03-25-11
    Sharene Eagle Bend, MN, United States 03-25-11
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    "not so impressed"

    Ususally I love Robert B Parker books, but found this one very disappointing...sorry, but this one was not worth a whole credit...a flop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patty USA 09-28-09
    Patty USA 09-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "HE SAID, SHE SAID"

    With 9 out of 10 sentences ending in "SAID", it's too disconcerting to listen to. Poor writing.

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    George Crossville, TN, United States 01-28-14
    George Crossville, TN, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Robert Forster is Jesse Stone"

    I was very glad I had seen a couple of the TV shows staring "Jesse Stone". It gave immediate faces etc. to many of the characters. The star of the TV show has a voice and inflections extremely close to Robert Forster.

    A good story and fun listen.

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    M. Harrison 07-08-12
    M. Harrison 07-08-12

    Just my .02."

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    "Loved it...but I may be a bit biased"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yeah...they're just good stories.


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

    Well, I knew the plot before I read the book, and it didn't disappoint. It follows pretty closely with the movie, which I saw first.


    What about Robert Forster’s performance did you like?

    He brings Jesse Stone to life as I picture him; Tom Selleck's portrayal probably makes me a bit biased, but Forster's performance is what I wanted to hear.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth it.

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    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 04-07-11
    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Jessy says"

    Liked it will buy another. The reader's script was the only part that needed help.

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    Karen sparta, NJ, United States 05-04-10
    Karen sparta, NJ, United States 05-04-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved this ! Parker, Stone, Forster at their best."

    My favorite Jesse Stone narrator,combined with the best of Parker, great series, great narrator and a good storyline that kept me listening all the way through....We'll miss you Parker, Spenser, Sunny and Stone...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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