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Publisher's Summary

Police chief Jesse Stone returns in the newest novel in Robert B. Parker's New York Times best-selling series, and his newest case hits right at the heart of the Paradise police force.

Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African American woman. Then, Jesse's own deputy Alisha - the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force - becomes the target of a sophisticated frame-up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an endgame more destructive than any of them can imagine.

At the same time, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority - namely, Jesse. Yet something about the angry 20-something appeals to Jesse, and he takes Cole under his wing. But there's more to him than meets the eye, and his secrets might change Jesse's life forever.

©2018 Reed Farrel Coleman (P)2018 Random House Audio

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they just keep getting better

I loved this book. They keep expanding the character in fascinating ways. Jesse's new path will keep me following his adventures

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Seems like it’s winding down....Jesse Stone 😪

The book kept me hooked....
Sadly, wish we can have a break from politics and racial tensions...overwhelmed with it by news,FB, and everyday living....would have been nice to escape it ,instead of drowning in it some more with my favorite character and story line.
Also saddened by the feel towards the end, that our wayward but favorite character Jesse Stone may be coming to a close......

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A Good Step Forward from the Parket Tradition

Great story! It flowed very well and did not have any slow sections. I really enjoyed it. Would like to see this as a movie.

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Best Jesse Stone not written by RBP


The books written by other authors have been hit or miss. This one was a hit. The characters were solid and easy to follow. Jesse has found himself. Dont want to ruin it for others, but this one ended on right pace. It was topically without too much pandery. Welcome to a better Chief Stone.

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Getting old sometimes has its advantages

I very much enjoyed this book. I find I always enjoy Robert Parker’s books. I read text books and business magazines for so many years that I enjoy reading for pleasure. If I have forgotten the book, I am 76 yrs old, I have the pleasure of reading it again.