As Macklin plans his crime, Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone has his hands full. He faces romantic entanglements in triplicate: his ex-wife Jenn, is in the Paradise jail for assault, he's begun a new relationship with a Stiles Island realtor named Marcy Campbell, and he's still sorting out his feelings for attorney Abby Taylor. When Macklin's attack on Stiles Island is set in motion, both Marcy and Abby are put in jeopardy. As the casualties mount, it's up to Jesse to keep both women from harm.
©1998 Robert P. Parker; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"A novel as fresh as it is bold...Parker's sentences flow with as much wit, grace, and assurance as ever, and Stone is a complex and consistently interesting new protagonist. His speedy return will be welcome." (Newsday)
I have no basis for comparison since I haven't read the print edition.
The story was interesting and had a lot of good characterizations, especially of Jesse Stone.
The performance was dull, soporific, and unexciting. The performances of Jesse Stone novels by Robert Forster are MUCH more interesting and appropriate to the subject matter.
In addition, the technical audio recording was terrible. The bass was turned all the way up and there was hardly any treble. Sounded like he was talking through a pillow. I played this on my iPhone through three different systems, and the audio was easily intelligible only on a high-end stereo with the equalizer shifted all the way into the treble.
I was infuriated by how hard it was to hear the audio clearly.
No. Good book but weak performance, made worse by really bad technical audio quality.
A friend recommended Night Passage then agreed with me that the ending was terrible. My friend said, "I agree, the malitia thing was lame, but you have to read his second book." I should have known better.
This book has a much better production than Night Passage, but the story probably feel apart even sooner. I want my time back.
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