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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 himboth 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399169466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169465
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marjorie Tucker on September 8, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I was so impressed with BLIND SPOT, Reed Farrel Coleman's first time writing last year for the Jesse Stone series created by Robert B. Parker. But THE DEVIL WINS is even better, more sure, more sleek. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and true to its source material, but with a warm beating heart at its center, it could only have come from Coleman. The writing is beautiful, but the beauty does not bog down the action, it enhances it. The book is about a small town police chief in Massachusetts, Jesse Stone, and his trying to take care of his town while not always taking good care of himself. In THE DEVIL WINS we spend a lot more time with the Paradise Police Department officers and it's time well spent. We care about these people and we want them to be all right. You'll eagerly read every page to the end to see if they make it.
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In "Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot", Reed Coleman put a soul into Jesse Stone. In Coleman's "Robert B. Parker's, the Devil Wins", he puts souls to Molly and Suit. He uncovers and reveals a Paradise, Ma a a real place that until now was barely more than a town with a waterfront until now. The books are no longer Michael Brandman's version that depend on Tom Selleck to characterize, but are rich in good, bad, and ugly characters. My opinion is that Brandman, who seems to do little more than write a screenplay and turn it into narrative form. It's not a bad way to write a book, but Brandman is more spare than Parker was, and I never quite "feel" the Jesse until Tom Selleck puts a face on him.. In this one, by Coleman, Paradise, Ma is a real place.. Jesse is a real hero, and Suit and Molly are true, but nonviolent, sidekicks each with something to bring to the delicious plate of crime fiction. Some want a parody of Robert B. Parker's style. I prefer the full characterization that Reed Farrel Coleman brings to it.
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I had purchased all of Parker's books and loved them. My only complaint was that they were to simple/short. I always wanted more to each story. I have now read 2 of Coleman's Stone novels. I hope I do not offend the Parker family/Estate, but I think Coleman is more Parker than the original. He writes with Parker's voice but the stories are much more in-depth with more character and plot development. I sincerely hope that Coleman will be allowed to continue to bring his storytelling to the Parker Legacy. He has done Robert proud.
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Reed Farrel Coleman has done the truly remarkable in a short amount of time. After just two novels, his revival of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series has moved this already fine canon to the top of many must-read lists. Coleman hasn’t changed the bedrock personality of the flawed and damaged police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts, but has given him a darker and more complex playground to occupy. Throw in some secondary characters, old and new, who are worthy of Jesse’s company, and you have a series that not only compels reading but creates anticipation.

THE DEVIL WINS begins in the aftermath of a snowstorm that takes down a long-abandoned factory in a downtrodden area of Paradise known as The Swap. The body of a recently murdered, unidentified man is discovered, wrapped in a tarp among the wreckage. Further examination of the crime scene uncovers something nearby that is even more horrific: two long-hidden corpses that solve one of Paradise’s long-unresolved mysteries but quickly create another. Two teenage girls had disappeared from Paradise a quarter-century earlier during a Fourth of July holiday. Rumors had abounded as to the reason for their absence --- everything from running away to an accident --- but the discovery of their skeletal remains so close to that of a more recent murder victim reopens wounds in the town that had never healed since their disappearance.

Jesse is upset that he was never told of the unsolved disappearances, which has hung like a silent pall over the town, and is all the more distressed when he learns that Molly Crane, a Paradise police officer whom he considers to be his best, was a close friend of both girls and may have information about their final hours.
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A while back a couple close friends disappeared from the scene in the small and mythical village of Paradise, Massachusetts. They were Jessie Stone, the town’s resourceful police chief, and Robert B. Parker who remained in the shadows of it all but did a masterful job of recording Jessie’s adventures.
Apparently, Jesse and Parker walked off, into the sunset, arm-in-arm, and one of them died and the other just kept walking. Anyway, they’re not around any more. Folks remember Jesse as being a Tom Selleck kind of guy. Parker was a big, tough and very talented writer. He gave Jesse Stone a persona that no newcomer to Paradise is going to match.
The new guy in town, Reed Ferrel Coleman, does an okay job but comparing him to Robert B. Parker is a lot like judging a piece of today’s bakery apple pie to what my Mother used to serve. She had a kitchen genius that was indescribable – fresher, tastier, inventive. And once you had tasted the original, second best was not quite good enough.
I just finished “The Devil Wins.” It’s okay, but like Mom’s apple pie, if you’ve tasted the original Jesse Stone and the way Parker chronicled his exploits, I suggest you pass up the new stuff and go back and savor again some of the old. RAM
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