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Praise for ROBERT B. PARKER'S BLINDSPOT by Reed Farrel Coleman
“Fans of both Parker’s Spenser and Jesse Stone series will enjoy this 13th installment… Like Spenser, Jesse is a man of honor who feels he must speak for the dead.  Coleman’s writing mimics Parker’s, with short chapters, snappy repartee, and just enough action… It is a great, fast beach read, recommended for all detective fiction fans.” — Library Journal
“Coleman is continuing the Stone saga in his own crisp prose style. … Jesse Stone fans will be eager to discover where Coleman takes this compelling series next.”
— Associated Press

"Coleman keeps the characters and the somber atmosphere but makes the book his own stylistically." —Booklist

“The new Jesse Stone thriller is electric. Told with spare, convincing descriptions and terse dialogue, the spirit of creator Robert B. Parker leaps off the page. …Critically acclaimed mystery author Reed Farrel Coleman has taken over the series in what might be the perfect pairing of character and living writer. …Coleman is among the best writers you've probably never read. … [He applies ]his own deeply empathetic style to the damaged, alcoholic police chief in a plot that takes readers back to the pivotal moment when Stone's baseball career ended. …The result is a new introduction to old characters and proof the past is a predator that never stops hunting.” —AZ Central
Coleman deftly captures the nuances of this character who Parker introduced in 1997 and featured in nine novels.  Coleman proves to be the best choice to take up this series.  Coleman skillfully keeps Stone on the track that Parker set, while also adding his own touches to the character and the story. As Atkins expertly reinvents the Spenser novels, Coleman shows his dexterity in "Blind Spot." —Oline Cogdill for

“Reed has saved Jesse Stone by embracing the character, not by imitating Parker's writing style. He's done it by making Stone his own. He has fleshed out Stone's world, and his inner life, in so many ways. His first smart move was making the crime story personal, one that goes to the root of Stone's character, and that allows Reed to reboot the series, to reintroduce the character, his past, and his relationships and tweak them a bit along the way….Blind Spot is a cause for celebration.”
—   Lee Goldberg, New York Times-bestselling author with Janet Evanovich of The Chase

“Coleman, best known for his Moe Prager series . . . successfully emulates the tone and style of the late Robert B. Parker’s nine Jesse Stone novels.” — Publishers Weekly 

Praise for the Jesse Stone series 
“As in every Parker novel, the great attraction is the writing. The author’s wry wit and clear, muscular prose go down so easily that his books seem to be not so much read as inhaled.” —Associated Press
“Stone, who continues to struggle with his drinking and his obsession with his manipulative ex-wife, is the most engaging of Parker’s post-Spenser contemporary protagonists. . . . …The dialogue is spot-on and the professional chemistry between Stone and his small force is its own reason to read the series.” —Booklist

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books. He died in January 2010.
Reed Farrel Coleman, called “a hard-boiled poet” by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan, is the Edgar-nominated author of eighteen novels and three novellas, including the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry and Audie awards. He teaches writing at Hofstra University and is a founding member of MWA University. He lives with his family on Long Island.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Jesse Stone Novel (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1ST edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399169458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169458
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (701 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Grubb Street Rapscallion on September 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover

Blind Spot, highlighting the late Robert B. Parker’s name, but written by Reef Farrel Coleman, is not a Jesse Stone novel, at least not in the Parker tradition. Mr. Coleman writes in his unique style which had led to several best sellers…but he is not Mr. Parker.

In his novel, Mr. Coleman uses a highly detailed writing style to describe a Ponzi scheme by criminal elements and seemingly upright citizens to defraud investors. That style has none of the impact of that of Mr. Parker who, in a few words, created fascinating characters and plot elements. The brevity that Mr. Parker showed in his lean writing was one of the attractions to Jesse Stone, the police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts. Mr. Coleman, on the other hand, has a complex style, often repetitive, which takes a long time to say what Mr. Parker did in a line or two. That over-writing by Mr. Coleman may be due to his publisher demanding that the book run to the standard length for mystery novels: 300 – 400 pages, average…hence the repetition and excessive verbiage.

Aside from the differences in writing styles, there are more serious issues. Mr. Coleman shows little understanding of the core characters in Jesse Stone’s life: Molly, Suitcase, and Stone himself. The banter, often with an underlying sexuality, respect, and friendship between Jesse and Molly, is gone; now it is strained and contrived. Molly has become little more than just another character in the office; in fact, now, Jesse refers to her as Crane.

Suitcase has been relegated to a minor role; it is almost as though Mr. Coleman was given a list of characters to use in the novel and merely added them to give the illusion that they are important.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Dan Fendel on September 12, 2014
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Sometimes people can pick up a character and a situation and run with it in a way that does credit, even homage and honor, to the original creator. Sometimes not. This time, not even close. Those who are fans of Parker and of Jesse Stone will find this book, as I have, a HUGE disappointment. While the prior post-mortem "ghost" had the style down from having written the great Selleck TV movies, this guy hasn't a clue. I see he's a well-published author with his own following to be sure, but he utterly misses the point about Jesse Stone, the Paradise police, and the "music" of Parker's wonderfully insightful-yet-simple prose. Nobody in this book, not Jesse or anyone else, speaks with the voice they're supposed to, the plot is so off-the-rails that we don't even see Suitcase and Molly and the rest of the Paradise crew for what seems like many, many chapters, the villains are cardboard, their dialog is dead, and the author seemingly can't decide whether he's in Boston "Irish" mode or actual Irish mode and knows little-to-nothing about Jesse's former occupation, baseball, around which the story revolves. Sorry, but this is a huge failure and the Parker estate should pick again next time. I only finished it because of my love for the character but this was "tough love" to get through indeed. I see that the network has told Selleck & Co. there are no new orders for Jesse movies, so maybe we need to retire the character gracefully in print, too if this is the best that can be done. Give it a pass.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Lan the Answer Man on September 14, 2014
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Reed Farrel Coleman is an admirable mystery writer, but why the Estate of Robert B. Parker chose him to do a Jesse Stone novel is the real mystery.

Coleman's style is nothing like Parker's. Instead of Parker's dialog-heavy style, Coleman's style runs to long, dense narrative paragraphs. Instead of showing through action, Coleman explains and explains and explains again. He's a wroter who doesn't write but instead just rambles on and on.

Ace Atkins captured Spenser's style exactly. Coleman chose not to follow the Jesse Stone style.

That's fine. But if I want to read a Coleman novel, I'll buy one. (Not!) If this guy Coleman continues to do the Jesse Stone series, this will be the last one I buy.

P.S. Thinking more about this disaster from Coleman, I'm going to change the rating from two stars to one. It's a sad piece of work, an embarrassment to Robert B. Parker, and the Parker Estate should be ashamed.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. Firtch on September 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
While I enjoyed the story, this is Robert B. Parker' s Jesse Stone in name only. Unlike Ace Atkins, who seems to me to have totally nailed Spenser, and unlike Michael Brandman who seemed to at least be trying to channel Parker with regard to Jesse Stone, Mr. Coleman seems to have taken a different approach, using his own style and putting his own spin on the characters He is a talented and experienced writer, and this is HIS version of Jesse. However, I miss the repartee, snappy patter and wit of Parker' s version of Jesse and the gang. That being said, I enjoyed the story as a story (except for that cliff hanger at the end designed to sucker me into buying the next book)--I just don't see the point of continuing the series if it is not going to be Parker-like. I think it would be better if he started a new series about Mr. Peepers. That would be interesting.
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