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Killing the Blues (A Jesse Stone Novel) Mass Market Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: A Jesse Stone Novel (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425250457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250457
  • ASIN: 0425250458
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It's a doozy…Michael Brandman shows that the standard that Parker set is still there…it all moves at a very fast pace.”--Lincoln Journal Star
“The mysteries are solved in Jesse's inimitable style, and he even has a little time for a new romantic interest…I love it! Killing the Blues will join the other favorites on my Robert B. Parker bookcase.”--Bookreporter.com

“[An] impressive continuation of [Parker’s] series…easy, banter-filled writing, balanced with the lead's apparently limitless compassion, informed by bitter experience.”--Publishers Weekly






About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
 
Michael Brandman, the award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, collaborated with Robert B. Parker for years on movie projects, the Spenser TV movies, and the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. Brandman co-wrote the screenplays for Stone Cold, No Remorse, and Innocents Lost, and supervised the screenplay adaptations of Night Passage, Death in Paradise, and Sea Change. He and Selleck were executive producers of the entire series. 

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Always an enjoyable and fun read... You can count on these books to entertain.
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This is an excellent story, even though it wasn't written by Robert Parker - Michael Brandman has seamlessly taken over the Jesse Stone series.
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The book itself is in wonderful condition and it is a permanent part of our Robert B. Parker collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PZF85J on November 1, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all the Jesse Stone books written by Robert B. Parker himself. I liked them for many reasons: troubled main character, small town police department, creative plots.

But this one? Oh man! There nothing left of Jesse Stone's troubled character. Nothing! Even the handling of the booze is completely seperated from any suggested reality. The tiny PD can now hire "summer help", drives unmarked cars. In this book Stone has to solve a least three different problems and - of course - all of them are solved. Most through violence never read before in this series.

My advice: save you money or buy something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2014
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KILLING THE BLUES finds police chief Jesse Stone still engaged in working the streets of his usual turf of Paradise, Massachusetts as the town gears up for the summer tourist season. The tale begins with the theft of some Honda vehicles and progresses through a car-jacking gone wrong, the release of a convicted felon with an axe to grind where Jesse is concerned, Jesse's roll in solving the problems confronting a young high school student, and a few murders, not to mention the expansion of a Boston based crime organization bent on expanding their "business" into Paradise. Jesse has finally stopped torching for his ex, has his drinking pretty much under control, has moved to new digs and has even developed a romantic interest in the niece of one of the towns Selectmen.

This is the second Jesse Stone book since the death of Robert B. Parker and Michael Brandman, a producer who collaborated with Parker for years on the Spenser and Jesse Stone TV movies, has done an admirable job of picking up where the dean of American Crime Fiction left off. He has managed to maintain the easy banter and genial exchanges between Jesse and his fellow officers while whipping up a pretty good yarn that keeps the reader turning pages.

While this book is a bit different from previous Jesse Stone books, overall Brandman has done a pretty good job of copying the cadence of Parker's writing and capturing the pulse and spirit of his characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Achilles on March 9, 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. At first I did not like the idea that someone else would continue these characters. I have been reading the Jesse Stone and Spenser books for twenty years and was happy with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tinker48 on January 11, 2013
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I was skeptical in reading this because I have loved Robert B Parker's books and was deeply saddened when he died. . . but Michael Brandman has what it takes to carry on the beloved characters of Parker's books. I'm hopeful he will keep 'carrying on' because I would hate to see the series end completely ~~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWReader on October 23, 2012
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I have to admit I liked the book - Killing the Blues. No, it's not the Robert B. Parker standard that we've enjoyed but it is a decent read. And no, it's not the same Jesse Stone but neither is the made for TV movie Jesse Stone. After reading all the Stone books it's hard for me to watch the TV movies - but I like Tom Selleck so I overlook and accept the changes in the storylines. I like Jesse Stone so I'm overlooking and accepting the changes the new author developed.

I'm a Parker fan and let the negative reviews stop me from wanting to give another author a chance. Today I checked the book out from the local library, no way was I going to pay to read something I was certain would be awful. I read the book in one sitting - a little over three hours. Still wouldn't pay but when the library gets the next book I'll check it out with no hesitation. I would recommend the book.

Now I hope I can say the same thing for the new Spenser book.
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Tom Sellack and crew aptly portray Parkers depiction of Paradise Massachusetts, small sea side town with it's prejudices and others working against him and his crew. Some of the books picture the police dept. as a 12 man crew. other books break it down to 4 I wish that that could have been consistent.. otherwise I anxiously await further books Would like to see more books made into movies...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry B Horwitz on January 19, 2013
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Not only is Parker's "voice" completely missing, but Jesse and other characters act in ways very different than they have in all the previous books
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Michael Brandman has captured the spirit and grit of Jessie Stone perfectly one more time.

This go around, he tackles sexual abuse at a high school, bullying, car thievery, AND deals with a demon from his past. And all with his dry sense of humor and heightened sense of right and wrong.

Paradise is home to more than we imagine, and perfect for the ex cop/head cop looking for a place to hang his hat and hand out parking tickets (which he does numerous times in this installment). With Molly, Suitcase, Healy, Alexis and Uncle Carter on various sides of Jessie he survives one murder attempt, and is successfully adopted by a cat.

Now, these points might seem out of place in the review, but if you have ready any JS novels to date, they are the elements of a successful Jessie Stone adventure. This could easily be another movie if Mr Selleck would pick up his Paradise hat one more time, and take time off Blue Bloods..

My late father and I shared Jessie Stone novels as a diversion, a two hour read and an appreciation for the low key cop Stone he was (catch the pun).

He would have loved this book.

100 % recommended.
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