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Robert B. Parker's the Devil Wins: A Jesse Stone Novel Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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“Coleman takes the story of the mystery behind the murders and runs with it. The Devil Wins is such a winner of a novel that Parker's loyal fans and Coleman's new ones will be equally delighted by his skills. This series can run forever in these new capable hands and readers will eagerly await each new book about Jesse Stone. I know I will.”—Huffington Post
“Small town, big secret, and a community’s shame. In the blink of an eye, Jesse goes from worrying about potential storm damage to investigating three homicides…suspenseful, melancholy examination of loss and how sometimes, despite our best efforts, the past refuses to stay buried, and it will certainly please fans still craving more of Parker’s characters.”—Booklist
“Coleman’s solid second Jesse Stone novel finds Parker’s flawed hero, now the police chief of Paradise, Mass., still having trouble separating from his ex, connecting with people emotionally, and dealing with guilt over a subordinate’s near-fatal shooting…Coleman succeeds in adding some needed depth to Jesse’s character.”—Publishers Weekly
"Coleman does a remarkable job of developing the character, deepening our understanding of his struggle with the ghosts that haunt him…both a fine mystery story and a satisfying portrait of an emerging character that readers will look forward to hearing more from soon.”—Associated Press
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.
Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the New York Times–bestselling Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot, has been called a “hard-boiled poet” by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in The Huffington Post. He has published twenty-one novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, a winner of the Barry and Anthony Awards, and is a three-time Edgar Award nominee. An adjunct instructor at Hofstra University and an instructor for MWA U, he lives with his family on Long Island.
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I found many of my favorite elements in these pages. Murder, in a small town no less. A possible love interest. And primarily, a good story with characters who display much of the good and bad in humanity that we see everyday.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery/thriller/detective story with an edge of bittersweet reality.