• Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw

  • A Jesse Stone Novel, Book 20
  • By: Mike Lupica
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw

By: Mike Lupica
Narrated by: James Naughton
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Publisher's summary

Paradise is rocked by the mayor's untimely death in the latest novel starring Police Chief Jesse Stone.

The town of Paradise receives a tragic shock when the mayor is discovered dead, his body lying in a shallow grave on a property on the lake. It's ostensibly suicide, but Jesse has his doubts...especially because the piece of land where the man was found is the subject of a contentious and dodgy land deal.

Two powerful moguls are fighting over the right to buy and develop the prime piece of real estate, and one of them has brought in a hired gun, an old adversary of Jesse’s: Wilson Cromartie, a.k.a. Crow. Meanwhile, the town council is debating if they want to sacrifice Paradise’s stately character for the economic boost of a glitzy new development. Tempers are running hot, and as the deaths begin to mount, it’s increasingly clear that the mayor may have standing in the wrong person’s way. 

©2020 Mike Lupica (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Lupica successfully captures the cadences and banter of Parker’s crime fiction....Parker fans won’t be disappointed." (Publishers Weekly)

 

"Lupica seems thoroughly comfortable carrying on the fictional lives of Robert B. Parker's characters. He has the jaunty tone down pat, and everything flows from that with Parker's people." (Booklist)

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Ok

I really wanted to like it, mostly because I like Tom Selleck’s portrayal of Jessie Stone in the movies. This isn’t the first Parker book I’ve read, and his writing style-super short Dr Seuss sentences and “he said. She said. He said” is very annoying. Kuddos to the “new” author for keeping *that* authentic(eye roll here). I was finally just waiting for it to end.

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If I had a Penney for every “Jesse said, Molly said”…

I almost wish I hadn’t listened to the last two Mike Lupica books. He changed the characters from those we knew and loved to a swearing Jesse who can only think of having a drink to the point of annoyance. Writing seemed lazy, inexperienced and definitely lost the essence of the characters. I hope he doesn’t write any more Stone books.

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Great story-fairly believable

James Naughton nails this. The only unfortunate thing about reading Parker’s books, heavy on narrative, is the hundreds of time you hear “Jesse said”, “Molly said”, “Suit said”.

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typical parked book. even though no.written by him

Good book ok story but predictable the book is worth the time
the narrator could have been a little more animated Some of his voices were more humerous than tbd book. he tried but....

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Classic stone

The reading was great and easy to follow. As an ardent fan of Robert B Parker I recommend this book.

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Oh my god, she said!

I don’t know if the author thought he was being clever by making dialogues, where things were being volleyed about between two or three characters but the sentences would be extremely short, and there must have been thousands of “he said” or “Jesse said” or “Crow said”. It drove me so crazy. I almost stopped, listening to the book within the first hour. It obscures the story because it’s so distracting.

It’s an unnatural flow and ruined an otherwise mediocre story.

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Loved this book

Robert B Parker fans will be pleased. This was a good find. I’ll be reading the rest of Mike’s books.

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Good listen

I enjoyed the continued Jessi Stone series. Mike continued the storyline as well as RBP. Never a disappointment in the characters and the lives they lead.

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Great story & a fun ride

This is a well written caper for any fan of Parker’s Jesse Stone series.
Mike Lupica writes an interesting story, staying true to key characters, while throwing in a couple nice surprises.
Nice to see a returning visit by an old friend or two!

James Naughton does another fine audio performance. He should continue his run.

Sadly, I’ve given up on the (Parker) Spencer novels written by Ace Adkins. He’s gone ridiculously “woke” with the latest story. Robert Parker never let trendy politics affect his work, and I’m sure he’d frown at it now.

However, Mike Lupica can be topical & current without heavy-handed preaching or step-in-line politics.

Enjoy this ride… it’s great fun.
I can’t wait for the next one!

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jesse needs to retire

Long, slow moving and a little too 'woke' for my taste, this book was a struggle to finish. I missed some chunks bc my mind drifted and I still didn't get lost bc there was nothing to miss. Jesse's too old to be such a man ho, and the ruminations over his issues with alcohol are boring and don't quite add up to Parkers version of Jesse. Thumbs down.

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