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Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice (A Jesse Stone Novel) Hardcover – September 11, 2012

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Book 11 of 13 in the A Jesse Stone Novel Series

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When a movie crew comes to Paradise, Massachusetts, it’s a boon to the local economy but a major headache for Police Chief Jesse Stone and his understaffed department. And that’s if everything goes well. But the star of the movie, Marisol Hinton, is terrified that her estranged and meth-addicted husband will try to harm her. Since the Paradise PD can’t provide around-the-clock protection, Jesse arranges to have Crow, an old friend and professional tough guy, at Hinton’s side. When he’s not babysitting show-biz types, Jesse attempts to counsel a young, privileged teenage girl with potentially crippling authority issues. And there’s also the seemingly mundane matter of curiously increasing Paradise water bills. Brandman, in his second go-round as the caretaker of the late Parker’s Stone franchise, does solid job here (much better than in his earlier Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues (2011)). He nails Parker’s compressionist prose this time and isn’t quite as predictable in his plotting as the master had become. Parker’s protagonists frequently offered tough love to wayward youngsters, but this time there’s a little edge to the proceedings, as the water-department scandal adds a genuinely clever wrinkle. As for the stalker and the movie star? Let’s just say tough guys gotta do what tough guys gotta do. --Wes Lukowsky


"No one understands what makes Bob Parker's Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman, who help bring him to television.... I know Michael is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future."
—Tom Selleck

“Brandman in his second go-round as the caretaker of the late Parker’s Stone franchise nails Parker’s compressionist prose.”

"Brandman perfectly reproduces Parker’s style in this impressive continuation of his series featuring Jesse Stone.... As with the originals, the pleasure lies more in the easy, banter-filled writing, balanced with the lead's apparently limitless compassion, informed by bitter experience."—Publishers Weekly on Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues


Product Details

  • Series: A Jesse Stone Novel (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159497
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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Brandman took something of a beating upon release of his first effort, Killing The Blues....those bashers will find much to dislike in Fool Me Twice as well, so we'll dispense with that first. It's not Parker, not even close. He's probably never meant to be taken as such, he seems like a humble enough guy. For that, you'll have to be satisfied with Atkins' Spenser (it's really good). Brandman tells the same character's stories his way, for better or worse.

As such, Fool Me Twice feels more like a well-constructed Jesse TV-movie-for-cable than a novel. Which is just fine, really.

Brandman provides us with the usual Paradise cast, powered by 3 trope-ish plot threads that get nicely resolved. They provide character, death, romance and a chance for Jesse to show all the sides make readers care about his stories.

There is, thankfully, nary a mention of ex-wife Jenn, for which Brandman deserves hearty praise...way to process, Jesse!!

Brandman's issues du jour issues include child-rearing, meth-madness, and the world water situation, all worthy and used to good effect here.

So, another fans-only release that will garner many heated opinions....something Dr. Bob would surely get behind!
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...but not enough like him.

Brandman imitates Parker the way Tina Fey imitates Sarah Palin: you can tell it's an imitation. The voice is close to Parker's, but no cigar. He tries to get as many issues into play as he can: water availability, drug effects, the typical murder and mayhem, Hollywood narcissism. Reminds me of a limerick* I saw a long time ago. It was not a satisfying novel from those points of view, and it only made me mourn Parker's passing all the more.

As for the Beretta .38 automatic issue, I, too, was surprised at that and checked it: they really do make it. What no one makes are cirrus clouds that rain--referred to in the book. A mess. Advice: don't get it. Just read the originals and accept them as the complete set.

*The Limerick:

There once was a poet named Wood
Whose poems were not very good.
The problem was this:
He oft went amiss
By putting as many words and syllables and ideas into the last line as he possibly could.
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Realizing that everyone has different tastes and opinions, I find myself wanting to praise the books I enjoy. If I don't get into a novel for whatever reason, I won't waste the time in critizing it. Maybe it was simply me and not the author, plus what I don't like, someone else might. So, reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Though Michael Brandman's first Jesse Stone novel, Killing the Blues, read somewhat like a teleplay for a TV movie (it didn't bother me in the least), his newest venture into Jesse Stone fictional territory, Fool Me Twice, hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. I loved his first book, but enjoyed this one even more. I believe that he and fellow author, Ace Atkins (Spenser's Lullaby) now have the two main series by Parker down pat. Both Spenser and Jesse Stone are in good hands, and I feel that Bob would be extremely pleased to know his children had been placed in loving homes.

The newest Jesse Stone novel has a big movie crew showing up into Paradise, Massachusetts to shoot a film with Marisol Hinton in it, Hollywood's up-and-coming starlet. She has just separated from her husband, who is also an actor. Leaving him penniless, he's determined to extract his revenge by following her to Paradise and killing her to collect the insurance. Stone makes the suggestion of getting Marisol a bodyguard, and Wilson Cromartie (aka Crow) is hired through the chief's recommendation. Crow is definitely a character I want to see more of and to learn about his past.

While that is going on, Chief Stone is the witness to a traffic accident, involving a young debutante (Courtney Cassidy) who was texting on her cell phone, instead of paying attention to the road.
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Shame on me is of course the end of the saying this title is based one. Shame on me for starting to read this one.

I felt lukewarm about the first Brandman installment of Jesse Stone. Although it wasn't intrinsically *wrong*, it wasn't completely right either.

I can always tell books written by TV writers - there's just something in the verbal style and the way the denouement comes together that just feels like a TV show rather than being written by someone who has evolved their writing style by digesting literature. TV writers also have a tendency to disregard the laws of science and psychology. (Side note: the greatest sin in my reckoning is the villain that EXPLAINS. I'm pretty convinced that real bad guys will just shoot you without that much ado.)

The first real symptom of TV-itis inherent in this volume is evident in the first few pages, where Jesse cuts airbags to release two car crash victims. It took me less than a minute of research to confirm my (correct) understanding that airbags are designed to deflate instantly after cushioning the passenger. They do not stay inflated and do need to be cut to let the passengers out. How this fact got past the editors should be a point of shame on the editors at Putnam books!

I tried my best to put this behind me, but at every turn of the virtual page, I found some other characterization or plot aspect that didn't sit right with me. I couldn't stomach it and I don't know if the villains explained at the end, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did. The Parker family should have let the characters rest in peace with their author.
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